I just read the news that LaunchPad the company who created Toontastic app is bought by Google. As a celebration, they set two of their apps free: Toontastic and TeleStory. We reviewed Toontastic, which is a fun app letting kids create their own stories and making them into movies. Toontastic also teaches kids how to arrange the storyline to make the stories more interesting. Different from Toontastic, TeleStory is an app letting kids create their own TV shows with provided background, custom, and story prompts. Although there are no teaching elements in the app, it is fun for kids just be creative.
There are currently 4 themes kids can choose from: The News, The Band, Eye Spy, Star Adventure.
The News lets kids be the reporter, report and comment on events and happenings around them. It is a great way for presentation practice.
The Band put kids on the stage to perform their favorite songs or to be the judge to critic someone else performance.
Eye Spy lets kids act as a spy to solve mysteries.
Star Adventure is everything star wars.
Each theme has multiple options. For example, for The Band, kids can choose The Moment of Truth, The Jam, The Battle, The Decision, or create your own scene. Under each option, there are more choices. You can find, under The Decision, 5 topics: The judges are torn and turn on each other; That was the w.o.r.s.t performance the judges have ever seen; You were so boring, the judges fell asleep; One judge picks you to work with; You’re going to Hollywood baby. If all these provided topics are not interesting enough, kids can create their own.
During recording, kids can use some pre-made effects, tears coming out of judges’ eyes and flying all over, a flashy background to grab viewers’ attention. There are even two cameras if kids want to record two persons talking.
After kids finish recording, they can review the video. They can go back to edit the video or save it on device camera roll.
TeleStory is a fun app for the family to have fun together. It is also a good tool for kids to practice presenting, storytelling, and communication. It is a good place for kids to channel their creativity.
TeleStory is available for iPhone, iPod and iPad. Now that the company is acquired by Google, I expect the Android version will come out soon. It is $4.99 on App Store.
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As I mentioned earlier, Toontastic is another app that kids can create their movies. It also teaches kids how to make stories with the idea of story arc. Check it out.