A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
- Platforms: Google+
- Subjects: Language & Reading: discussion, presenting to others
Arts: drawing, playing
- Skills: Creativity: brainstorming, imagination, making new creations
Collaboration: cooperation, group projects, teamwork
Tech Skills: digital creation, social media, using and applying technology
Communication: conveying messages effectively, friendship building, multiple forms of expression
Self-Direction: personal growth
- Pricing structure: Free
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Scoot & Doodle
- Release date: March 28, 2012
- Genre: Art
- Topics: Arts and Dance
- ESRB rating: NR
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