Scoot & Doodle

 
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Collaborative drawing tool helps distant families play.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Scoot & Doodle is a vehicle for kids to be creative in the setting of a social network.

Positive role models

There are no characters in the app, but it allows people to connect over social network to collaborate on drawings and projects. The people you interact with become your role models.

Ease of play

Knowledge of how to navigate Google+ is required, but the app itself is easy to use.

Violence

Kids might be exposed to violent drawings, or discussion about violence in text, video, or voice chat from other users in the Hangout, which is why it's important to only connect with people you know.

Sex

Kids might be exposed to sexually explicit drawings or discussion about sex in text, video, or chat from other users in the Hangout, which is why it's important to only connect with people you know.

Language

Kids might be exposed to strong language from other users in the Hangout, which is why it's important to only connect with people you know.

Consumerism

Scoot & Doodle can be fully enjoyed for free, but it does advertise and sell additional packs of stamps for $0.99 each.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Kids might be exposed to references to drugs, drinking, or smoking in drawings, text, video, or chat from other users in the Hangout, which is why it's important to only connect with people you know.

Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Once users are invited into the Scoot & Doodle Hangout, they can communicate by video, voice, and text message and share their desktop screen with other users. Users can choose to broadcast the Hangout live in real-time on their Google+ profile, or share the video on YouTube. Users can share their drawings on Google+, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter, and with the Scoot & Doodle Google+ community.

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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • presenting to others

Arts

  • drawing
  • playing

Skills

Creativity

  • brainstorming
  • making new creations
  • imagination

Self-Direction

  • personal growth

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • conveying messages effectively
  • friendship building

Collaboration

  • teamwork
  • cooperation
  • group projects

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology
  • digital creation
  • social media

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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. 

Learning Approach

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. 

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • presenting to others

Arts

  • drawing
  • playing

Skills

Creativity

  • brainstorming
  • making new creations
  • imagination

Self-Direction

  • personal growth

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • conveying messages effectively
  • friendship building

Collaboration

  • teamwork
  • cooperation
  • group projects

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology
  • digital creation
  • social media

Kids can learn to creativity by drawing and playing on a digital platform with others. Scoot & Doodle lets kids experience the positive side of social media, including cooperation, teamwork, and friendship-building as they communicate with other members of the Hangout to collaborate on a single project. Scoot & Doodle is a fun, social way for kids to expand their imagination and creativity.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

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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?

QUALITY
 

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?

Game details

Platforms:Google+
Pricing structure:Free
Available online?Available online
Developer:Scoot & Doodle
Release date:March 28, 2012
Genre:Art
Topics:Arts and dance

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Educator and Parent Written byhalfmoonmarcy February 28, 2014
 
LEARNING

Scoodle Jam for the 21st Century Classroom

Scoodle Jam is one of the suite of products under development by Scoot and Doodle. Like Scoot and Doodle it offers an interactive interface that links users from across the room or across the world, putting collaboration at the user’s fingertips. Scoodle Jam is rolling out as a unique educational product that contains standards-aligned project templates that provide instant engagement for students, and cooperative communication between and among student groups, students and teachers, teachers and teachers, and/or parents to school personnel. The educational modules/templates are cross curricular in nature, and invite students from Kindergarten through grade 12 to design and innovate while practicing math, language, science, or social science skills within an authentic context. The tool palettes are filled with useful pre-drawn icons and backgrounds as well as whimsical symbols. The work surface is accessible by stylus or fingertip or keyboard and provides 8 continuous, scrollable pages. The ‘app’ provides a digital camera for capturing, and including real time images. It also connects to the Internet for instantaneous research or image download. Scoodle Jam also provides blank templates that invite teachers to design projects that fit the needs of their students and curriculum. Having used this iPad ‘app’ with students, I find it to be uncomplicated, flexible, and intuitive. Students are immediately and enthusiastically attracted to it because it stimulates their curiosity and draws upon their creativity. Scoodle Jam is becoming a must have classroom ‘app’ for 21st Century Learning.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Parent of a 8 year old Written byjoinpa May 2, 2013
 

Scoot & Doodle Great for School Projects

Scoot & Doodle is not only great for families but it's great for school work and joint projects that really use the collarboration, communication and creativity. Since up to 9 people can be online together it is great for group projects.

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