Whiteboard Pro: Collaborative Drawing

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Collaborative whiteboard app can be fun, but watch privacy.

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Educational Value

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.

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.

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

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What 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.

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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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Subjects: Arts: drawing
  • Skills: Creativity: brainstorming, making new creations
    Collaboration: cooperation, group projects
    Tech Skills: digital creation, social media
  • Price: Free-$4.99
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try, Paid, Free
  • 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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