Corkulous

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Brainstorm and organize on the go with virtual corkboard.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn to use and apply technology to brainstorm, organize collected information, collaborate, and present to others, depending on their goals. As kids gather information and organize it, they're making decisions, grouping photos, text, contacts, and more according to their own needs. They may also be collaborating with (especially when using the more easily sharable pro verison) and presenting to others using their boards. Corkulous is a fun way to think visually, and, unlike traditional corkboards, kids can carry this one around with them to add information at a moment's notice.

Ease of Play

Easy to use, but, while all the initial instructions are interactive and provide explanation, there are so many of them it may be overwhelming for some beginners. Also, during this review, the app was a bit buggy at times, especially when we were flipping the device from portrait to landscape, and sometimes the board had to be tapped a few times before it would respond to an action.

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The free version promotes Corkulous Pro as an in-app purchase ($4.99), and users can see features they can't use unless they purchase the pro version and another app (Todo). Under the i tab, more apps by this developer are listed.  

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Corkulous is like having a corkboard inside your mobile device to brainstorm, plan, list, and present ideas, projects, and presentations. The free version only gives users one board, but that board can be cleared and changed as often as desired. The pro version allows kids to create multiple boards and nest small boards on top of other boards.

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Adult Written byMeghan P. October 10, 2016

Great for Organizing Ideas

This app is great for students to use for organizing their ideas or brainstorming at the beginning of a project. A lot of the tools are familiar as they repres... Continue reading

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What's it about?

First, view the predesigned corkboard that displays and explains the multitude of features on CORKULOUS. Then create a new board, which will appear as a completely clear corkboard. Open the file cabinet on the bottom left of the screen by swiping it, and view all the options. You may want to start by writing a main idea on an arrow note that's pointing to a descriptive photo, or give your board a title in a large font on a bright sticky note. Continue to add whatever you want to display, organize, or group on your Corkulous board.

 

Is it any good?

Just as with a traditional corkboard, users can organize photos, sticky notes, notecards, and lists and use pointers and labels in creative ways to help capture ideas, synthesize, and plan. It acts corkboard-ish, too, allowing users to move items to eliminate, organize, and regroup easily. 

There are whiteboard-style brainstorming, organizing, and presenting apps with more features and perhaps better functionality, but Corkulous definitely has its own brand of old-school charm. Most kids will be familiar with all its options, and it's generally user-friendly. However, if a kid is a naturally linear thinker and doesn't immediately click with the corkboard concept, it may take some trial and error to discover all the features and which ones best suit their needs. Also, to get the most use of this app, the pro version (which is promoted on the free version as an in-app purchase) is almost required, especially for collaborative projects. Users need Corkulous Pro to save multiple boards, layer boards, export and share in multiple ways, and lock boards with a passcode.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • If your kid has an upcoming school project, talk about how brainstorming, collecting relevant information and photos over time, and organizing on a tool like Corkulous can help create a better end product.

  • If you have a corkboard at home, compare it to Corkulous to talk about the pros and cons of digital versions of everyday items.

App details

For kids who love to create and express themselves

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