Digital Storytelling, Cartoon Style

Digital Storytelling
Inspire students to use their imaginations for digital storytelling with a twist – write in the style of a cartoon. TechnoToon is an all new technology project in which students create a digital story as an animated comic strip.

Students love the visual format of cartoons. The recent boom in graphic novels for children and teens confirms how popular this genre has become. Hook student interest by developing writing skills using the comic strip format and then animating the story!

In TechnoToon, students use Google Slides to construct a story with text boxes, images, callouts, starbursts, and word art. Then transitions are inserted between slides to divide the scenes. Finally, animation is applied to objects to sequence the timing of events. Upon completion, the digital story is published as a link with the slides set to play automatically. Challenging extension activities support learning with optional assignments such as advanced animation techniques, collaborative peer-editing, or screencasting.

digital storytelling

Hook student interest with digital storytelling. Create an animated comic with Google Slides.

The TechnoToon teacher guide includes many ideas for integrating comic style writing into curriculum: language arts, social studies, science, health, and history. Build computer and writing skills with a highly motivating, fun technology project. In the illustrated, step-by-step instructions, the student workbook includes story ideas, practice templates to complete, a plot planner, image search tips, a checklist, and more. Many sample digital stories created in Google Slides also inspire creative ideas. Optional extension activities offer enrichment suggestions and advanced animation techniques.

Writing a digital story as an animated cartoon is a sure bet to capture the imagination of young writers!


About TechnoHella

Hella Comat, Curriculum Writer - Hella Comat is a dedicated professional, who has taught in the education system for more than 30 years. As a pioneer of technology integration in Ontario public schools she was one of the first teachers to introduce the internet, video conferencing, web design, and multimedia learning activities to teachers and students in the Halton Board. To inspire teachers to use technology, she has led sessions for the Touch Technology program, ran workshops at education conferences, and sat on numerous advisory committees related to technology-issues. In recent years she taught the Computer in the Classroom course, at York University. Her lifelong commitment to teaching and learning was acknowledged when she was honored as the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Hella's contribution to the blog includes entries about the importance of technology integration. Drawing from her in-depth knowledge of technology in the classroom Hella writes about teaching strategies and useful resources that can benefit your practice. In addition, she provides innovative lesson ideas that you can implement into your own curriculum.