Here’s One Idea for ToonDoo

I’ve been exploring Toondoo in my spare time, thinking of some ways of using it in the English classroom. While the program is not perfect–the interface is a little counter-intuitive, the image uploader is clunky, and the navigation is bewildering. But it is by far the best web cartooner I’ve encountered so far.

With so many graphic novels being taught today in high schools today, it makes sense for students to experiment with the medium a bit. The goal, I think, is for students to think critically about what the graphic novel can do that the normal novel cannot–and vice versa. I like the idea of students creating comic strips (or entire books, as Toondoo allows) explaining how graphic novels work, in the manner of the brilliant Scott McCloud. So, here’s what that might look like:
Toons on Toons

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Assistant Professor of English Education at Grand Valley State University.
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2 Responses to Here’s One Idea for ToonDoo

  1. seanster says:

    Thanks for the information on ToonDoo. Have you ever tried using the xtranormal to create cartoon movies? It seems great, but I have yet to try it. I think this process is a great way to keep interest up on graphic novels. My middle schooler has opened my eyes to a whole new world of graphic novels for her age. They are great, and I can see how something like this program will help students write like mentor texts.

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