Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Who dares teach? - with Toondoo.com

I don't ever remember cartoons being used in my education as a valid form of learning. But as Techno Dys reminds us in their blog (technology and dyslexia) - "If a picture paints 1000 words, then a three picture cartoon must be a 3000 word essay." Toondoo is a fun (and addictive) online cartoon site. Characters, scenary, props can be dragged into cartoon strips and brought to life with written words. At Toondoo.com you can read many cartoons created by people all over the world. In schools this would be a great site for students learning new languages, to create and interpret succinctly their understanding of a lesson, a book, a subject, or to express their feelings/fears/celebrations. I have been hesitant to suggest this tool for the classroom setting or for early childhood as I have not explored the site fully and can see its potential for misuse - but thanks to Meera from toondoo.com who offers to assist anyone wanting to know more about toondoo and education - I have discovered that the site has a "Safe Search" feature. I have not explored this feature but encourage educators to give this online site a whirl. Never cease to learn!!

www.toondoo.com





5 comments:

Meera said...

Hi,

Thanks for blogging about ToonDoo!

We're glad you appreciate our website! If you'd like to know more about how ToonDoo can be used in education, please write to us at toondudette at toondoo dot com

thanks,

Meera
ToonDudette from www.jambav.com

Treehouse Dwellers said...

Thanks Meera, researched your other comments and found you Tchnodys.com Thanks for your comment and encouragement. Will be exploring this site more and introducing it to early learners at www.manaiakindergarte.blogspot.com

Meera said...

You're welcome!

Also wanted to let you know that besides the safe search feature, we are also offering exclusive domains to interested schools. This will completely eliminate possibilities of students coming across any inappropriate contesnt. Please write to me, in case you would like to know more about this.

thanks,
Meera
ToonDudette from www.jambav.com

Ann said...

Have you used the toondoo with children at Kindergarten? It looks like something that would be good as a children's documenting tool... good for documenting a process perhaps? Ann- Pukrua Bay Kindergarten

Treehouse Dwellers said...

Hi Ann,

I haven't used this with children yet but your idea is well worth trying out. Please share your experiences if you get to it before I do. I can certainly see the potential in this online application and look forward to trying it out with children at Kindergarten.

Cheers Beverly