Using Comic Strips (ToonDoo) to Teach Foreign Languages

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ToonDoo is a cool, comic-creating tool from Jambav, a fun site for kids. Jambav is devoted to creating a unique array of free and customizable online games of educational value for children of all abilities. ToonDoo was the happy result of brainstorming session that was aimed at creating a new way of expression for those who do not have the talent to draw.

Units

Presentation Tools

Duration

3 hours

Standards

Communication

LEVEL

Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate

WEBSITE

Visit ToonDoo Website

OS

PC or Mac

PREREQUISITES

  • basic use of Internet
  • how to copy and paste
  • how to save a file
  • how to download a file
  • how to upload a file
  • how to create folders
  • how to send an email attachment

OBJECTIVES

At the end of the lesson, workshop participants will be able to:
  • Show how to use Toondoo comic strips in language teaching
  • Show students how to make their own target language comic strips
  • Choose from characters, props and backgrounds to create a cartoon image/strip
  • Upload images to create characters, props and backgrounds for a cartoon image/strip
  • Create own characters, props and backgrounds for a cartoon image/strip
  • Create multi-language texts for a cartoon image/strip
  • Edit characters, props and backgrounds for a cartoon image/strip
  • Embed a cartoon image/strip in a website, wikis, blogs, etc.
  • Share, email, tag a cartoon image/strip
  • Conduct discussions about a cartoon image/strip online

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Internet access (access to toondoo.com)
  • Multingual Keyboards

Step-By-Step Instructions

Register for ToonDoo

  • Go to www.toondoo.com
  • Click on the Register link on the upper right corner to register.
    Register for ToonDoo
  • Follow the steps to create a new account in ToonDoo.

 


Sign In to ToonDoo

  • Once you have created an account, click on the Login in link on the upper right corner to log in to Toondoo.
    Login to ToonDoo
  • Enter your login information.
    Login to ToonDoo

Create a Cartoon Character

 

  • Go to Tools
    Tools in ToonDoo
  • Choose Toondoo Maker
  • Select a layout
    ToonDoo: Select a Layout
  • Click on the Character icon
  • Choose a character you like and then drag and drop it to the stage below
    ToonDoo: Choose a Character
  • Click on the Text icon
  • Choose a speech bubble
  • Drag and drop it to the stage
  • Enter your text
    ToonDoo: Enter your text
  • Click on the Start Here icon to save the project
  • Follow the steps below to give your project a title, tag; choose the publish option and then publish your project
    ToonDoo: Publish your project
  • Once you have published your project, you go find it by going back to www.toondoo.com, click on the first icon Toons, and then click on My Toondoos to view your project
    ToonDoo: View your project

ImagineR

If you want to include a personal photo or an image on to Toondoo, you can use ImagineR. If you want to cartoonize, goofify or play with your photo, use Imagine R.
ImagineR

  • Click on the Tools tab and then the ImagineR link
    ImagineR: Open ImagineR
  • Click on the Become an Imaginer! link to include an image
    ImagineR: Become an ImagineR
  • There are two ways to import an image: either grab it from a location on a web page or upload it from your computer.
    ImagineR: Upload Image
    ImagineR: Upload Image
  • After importing an image, drag it to the middle of the triangle box; adjust the size and shape of the box by grapping the four corners of the box.
    ImagineR
  • Click on the GOOFIFY icon, position it to the place you want to “goofify” and then drag it to the shape you want.
    ImagineR
  • When you are done with GOOFIFY, click on the Done icon and then the Save icon to save the image.
    ImagineR: Goofify

Activity Management

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