Whiteboard Pro: Collaborative Drawing

 
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Learning(i)

Collaborative whiteboard app can be fun, but watch privacy.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

A very basic tutorial accompanies the app. It's easy to insert photos and text, but it can a bit tricky to manipulate the colors and width of lines. It may take some practice for younger kids to master using the app. Using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, collaboration with other users is very easy.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

The free version contains ads; users can upgrade to a paid version for an ad-free experience.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Your device's location can be attached to drawings. Users can share drawings via Twitter, Facebook, email. Also, users can create an account with the developer (GreenGar) to share drawings on the site's Whiteboard Gallery where drawings and photos are posted publicly. There are no guidelines posted for kids related to privacy or safety. At the time of this review, some images on the developer's Whiteboard Gallery contain inappropriate images, as well as some users' full names and photos.

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

Subjects

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Creativity

  • brainstorming
  • making new creations

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • group projects

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Creativity

  • brainstorming
  • making new creations

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • group projects

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media

Kids can learn new tech skills in digital creation and social media through online collaboration and artistic cooperation with others. Also, kids can practice responsible social media use while honing digital art skills, such as drawing and using layers to create with photos, text, and other images. While Whiteboard Pro: Collaborative Drawing can teach basic digital drawing and creation skills, its real potential lies in its ability to teach collaboration.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free-$4.99
Pricing structure:Free, Free to Try, Paid
Release date:June 3, 2013
Category:Productivity
Size:16.20 MB
Version:3.3.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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