Cartoon Generators

PowToon

http://www.powtoon.com
Create cool animated videos that can incorporate characters, pictures, and music.
Create animated cartoons.


Samples and Ideas

Use PowToon to create introductions to lessons, projects.
Spotlight tools or events.
Have students use it to report or create a book trailer.



A great Powtoon video by Katelin McClure about thinking before you post:


Pros

There free templates that you can easily edit or you can start from scratch.
User friendly interface which isn't difficult to figure out.
You can access it on their website or upload for free to YouTube or Wistia.
It gives you four different size options when creating your embed code. The smallest option was used for the widget above.
You can also set it to private so search engines can't find it.
Allows you to share via Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, or Google+
No storage limit.
No limit to the amount of your own art you can upload and insert.
Now all totally free!
Easy to download

Cons

5 minute limit




Go Animate

Website:
http://goanimate4schools.com/public_index
Create animated cartoons and add music and voice or use the text-to-speech function.

Samples and Ideas

Create fun tutorials or have students create short cartoons for booktalks or to demonstrate what they learned from their research, etc.

http://goanimate.com/videos/0XEP7cvvM6gg


Pros

You can record your voice and have characters show emotions easily.
There are several different backgrounds and some free music.
Unfortunately, this site now costs money to use. We now recommend PowToon to all broke educators like us.

Cons

The text to speech feature makes the voices sound robotic, and sometimes it will skip a syllable here or there.
Educators can make free videos with an educator account and have up to 100 student account. Students can make a two minute video with their accounts for free.


Extranormal

Website: http://www.xtranormal.com/
Create animated videos!

Samples and Ideas

Introduction to different genres
Discuss how to treat a book

Pros:

Easy to create
Lots of camera angles (like a movie)

Cons

Sometimes you have to type phonetically to get the words to come out correctly
Not all educational
13 or older (requires emails)
NOTE: This site is no longer free. Now the teacher account and student accounts are paid.



Makebeliefscomix
Website: http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/
Create printable comic strips!
Tutorial available on handout page

Samples and Ideas

Use comix to do a book review
Use comix to illustrate a library concept
Introduce vocabulary words
Have a conversation about a science concept
Allow students to use comix to introduce themselves to the class
Use comix to highlight a literary term
makebeliefscomixsample.jpg

Pros:

Does not require email to create
Easy to print or email
Have a lot of characters with disabilities (blindness, missing limbs, wheel chairs, etc).
This is also now an App (currently free)

Cons

No searchable bank of already created cartoons.


Storyboardthat

http://www.storyboardthat.com
Create and print cartoon strips and store online.
Tutorial available on the handout page.

Samples and Ideas

Summarize text
Create a book review or advertisement
Demonstrate understanding

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Pros

Easy to use
There are many characters, scenes, speech bubbles, thought bubbles, and captions to choose from.
The user can upload images.
It's easy to change the color of character's skin, clothing, and hair.
It's easy to save and print.

Cons

Requires a login to save work or make a nice printout.
The free version will only allow the user to create and save three storyboards (cartoon strips) per week.
The free version limits the user to 3 cell cartoons or 6 cell cartoons.
At present, it does not work well with Google Chrome. (It will not allow you to scroll across.)

Tagxedo and Wordle
Website: http://www.tagxedo.com/ and http://www.wordle.net/
Tutorial available on handout page

Samples and Ideas


Create a word image to describe yourself or a character in a story
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Create a word image to demonstrate examples of figurative language
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Use word images to create a guess the book challenge


Entice kids to read a certain book...
reality_check_tagxedo.jpg

Pros:
Does not require email
Easy to navigate

Cons

Saving options are not complicated but lots of choices will confuse younger children
Requires a lot of words to look great in Tagxedo, doesn't matter in Wordle.
No shape options in Wordle, shape options in Tagxedo

ReadWriteThink Comic Creator

Website: http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/comic/

Samples and Ideas

All about me comic strips
Beginning/Middle/End sequencing for younger children
sample.jpg
(screen shot from website)

Pros:

Easy to create (drag and drop) but limited choices
Good for younger children
More flexibility on panels
Allows you to add name, subtitle, and author information but not required
Easy to print

Cons

Not as flashy as some of the other sites
Hard to see finished project before printing
No spell check and limited editing features
Does not save


ABCYA

Website:http://www.abcya.com/word_clouds.htm

Samples and Ideas

Any simple word clouds

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Pros:

Easy to create
Good for younger children
Easy to save or print

Cons

Not a lot of formatting options


Write Comics

http://writecomics.com/

Samples and Ideas

Any simple comic. Can do as many scenes as desired
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Pros:

Easy to create
Can use foreign language websites like: http://www.typeit.org/ to insert symbols

Cons

Speech bubbles are confusing. You type in a box and then it inserts into the comic. If you type over the text it will put it in the wrong box.
Must finish one scene before starting the next


Telegami App for Apple and Android

Download the Telegami App for free or pay for the Educational App

Samples and Ideas

Use this to hook your students.
Embed instructions into a webpage.
Have students briefly demonstrate learning or ask a question at the end of a lesson (exit ticket)



Pros

Free to use if you don't mind very limited choice of character traits, emotions, and backgrounds. That may be a good thing for picky kids who get obsessed with extras instead of content.
Easy to use.
I didn't find any bugs on my Samsung Galaxy Light.
There's a share button which allows you to share the video or share a link to it in a number of ways (email, Facebook, Evernote, etc.)
You can choose emotion and hand gestures seem to match the voice.

Cons

It's just an app. There's not a web version for PC or Mac.
The free version only gives you 30 seconds of recording time.