What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scoot & Doodle is a collaborative doodle app that lets people draw together using the Hangouts feature of the Google+ social network. There are some significant privacy concerns, including video and voice chat, text bubbles, screen-sharing, and sharing videos on YouTube, so it's extremely important that kids only use the app with friends they know personally. This app could be used by families that are distant as a way of playing games together, but since it is on Google+, a social network that requires you to be age 13 to participate, we aged it at 13. To use it with younger children, parents would need to be around to monitor the use and provide the email and Google+ account. If monitored, it could be a tool to play games with distant grandparents or parents who are traveling. It can also be used for doing homework projects.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- presenting to others
- making new creations
- personal growth
- multiple forms of expression
- conveying messages effectively
- friendship building
- group projects
- using and applying technology
- digital creation
- social media
Engagement, Approach, Support
Students can feel empowered by creating and sharing with peers and family. The excitement of using video chat to work on math problems or school projects with people near and far could give students motivation and inspiration.
Beyond some helpful inspirational prompts, learning depends on application. Students could use it to just casually sketch, or as a unique platform for designing the next great science experiment.
Prompts encourage creative doodling. Students can save and share work, and get inspired by what others are doing. An FAQ list, blog, forum, and demonstration videos provide help.
What's it about?
SCOOT & DOODLE is an app that adds a collaborative drawing tool to the Hangouts feature of Google+. Up to nine Google+ friends can work together on a shared canvas and communicate in real-time through video and voice chat to create a single piece of artwork. Scoot & Doodle comes equipped with standard drawing tools including brushes, stamps, and speech bubbles that kids can fill with their own text. Finished collaborations can be shared via email, Google+, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or YouTube.
Is it any good?
Scoot & Doodle is a very versatile app whose usefulness goes far beyond simply doodling. Kids can play visual games like Tic-Tac-Toe or Hangman, or collaborate on homework and school projects by using the screen as a virtual whiteboard. With a robust community and plenty of ways to share finished collaborations, Scoot & Doodle is a fun, positive, and useful way for kids to engage with social media. And it can be a very powerful tool for communication for families that are distant from one another.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the different ways to use Scoot & Doodle. Do you prefer to draw, play games, do homework, or something else entirely?
What weekly drawing challenges can you come up with for yourself and your friends?
Did this product make you think about using Google+ in different ways?