Whiteboard Pro: Collaborative Drawing
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Whiteboard Pro: Collaborative Drawing is a drawing app that kids can use to create digital drawings, and collaborate back and forth with a partner. Kids can create drawings with different colors and lines, or upload photos from their device to draw over. They can also use layers, and enter basic text with different fonts. They can then connect with a collaborator who can view the drawings, and add to or change them, as the original creator watches on their own device in real-time. Collaboration can happen between mobile devices (with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth), or over the internet. Drawings can be shared via email, Twitter, Facebook, and the app's online gallery. The app can be used for brainstorming, group projects, games, or just making art with a friend.
What kids can learn
- making new creations
- group projects
- digital creation
- social media
Engagement, Approach, Support
The basic drawing and text features are moderately engaging. What really captivates is the ability to collaborate with others remotely, post drawings via social media, and view and rate other users' drawings.
Most of kids' learning will happen experientially, through their own creativity and trial and error. Kids can also receive feedback from other users via the app's online gallery.
There's a very short written tutorial on this app. Although the interface is quite basic, it may not be intuitive for younger users.
What's it about?
Start with a blank canvas, a photo from your device's camera, photos from social media, or tap Join a Whiteboard to connect with a partner's project. If you tap Blank Canvas, a whiteboard appears with options along the bottom of the screen. You can draw (change color, opacity, and width of lines), insert text, photos, or create layers. Tap the collaboration icon to connect with a partner and show them what you've done; they'll be able to edit, or add their own work. Once complete, you can share via email, social media, the developer's online gallery, or you can save to your photo album.
Is it any good?
Using Whiteboard Pro: Collaborative Drawing it can be a fun way for teens to work together on projects or drawings. However, it's important to make sure they have a partner who's cooperative and respectful. Once a drawing is shared, the collaborator can do pretty much whatever they want, including erase or scribble all over it. Of course, the original creator could undo the changes. But then the collaborator could erase it again, and then...you get the picture. As a collaboration-based app, it's only as good as the collaborators involved.
The online gallery can be a cool place for teens to view others' creations and post their own. Users can rate and give feedback, so make sure your teens are cautious and don't share personal information in their drawings. If your teen is working on a drawing, chart, list, or other project that requires back-and-forth collaboration, Whiteboard Pro: Collaborative Drawing could be a very useful tool. That said, if they don't need the remote collaboration feature, other drawing and whiteboard apps currently available have many more capabilities.
Families can talk about...
If your teen is going to post creations on the developer's gallery, review your family's guidelines for sharing personal information and online safety.
Talk to your teen about respectful collaboration, cooperation, and working with others' ideas.