Parents' Guide to

Corkulous Standard

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Brainstorm and organize on the go with virtual corkboard.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

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 represent tangible items that students use on a daily basis. I have recently started using this tool in the classroom with my students. The students are using Corkulous as a planning document and can choose to use it for their final presentation. The idea of a corkboard is something that has fallen away from users especially in this age range, but I like that users can choose between to-do lists, post-it notes, pieces of paper, etc in order to make it their own. They can also choose to add pictures they are thinking of using within the project (if fitting). Corkulous makes it easy for students to access their planning documents at any time as well. It is more visual than creating a Google Doc to organize and brainstorm. The best part is that once you have completed the board or completed a task, you can begin to take away the post-its, pieces of paper, etc. Since they are using technology, student users are much more engaged than if the teacher provided them with paper supplies and told them to plan their assignment or essay. This would be a beneficial tool for students in middle school because it is easy to use. When the user opens Corkulous, it would be easy for him/her to play around with the app and figure out how to use most of the features provided they have experience with technology. After working with the app a few times, it would become much easier for the user to understand exactly where the tools are, the purpose, and how to use them. The major downside to Corkulous is that you only have one board to use with the unpaid subscription, so if you wanted to create more you would have to pay for them. Being unable to save as many of your boards as you choose is the main reason for the lower rating.

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Is It Any Good?

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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.

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