What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- presenting to others
- multiple forms of expression
- group projects
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Corkulous provides an engaging, fun way think about an idea, a project, or a presentation visually. Design is clean, and the classic corkboard look is appealing.
Even though the app provides a corkboard of its own filled with instructions, this is more of a learn-as-you-go tool. Getting organized can be really satisfying, and it can help kids feel in control of their studies and lives.
The app opens with an extensive set of instructions on a corkboard, which kids will need to read. Icons guide kids who can't read to use the tool, although there may be some trial and error.
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.
Families can talk 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.