Drawp for School opens the door wide open for communicating about any subject through art. It is like no other app on the market. It is a beautifully laid out with all the latest technological innovations that we’ve come to expect from Moondrop Entertainment. All aspects to this app are taken from the user’s perspective both for teachers and students and it is created for its ease of use. Setting up your classroom and the students in it, is as easy as pie. The ability to send and share amongst classmates and to the teacher is composed to keep children’s safety foremost in mind for sending drawings across the internet. Once set up, you just drag and drop your drawing to the intended recipient. Drawing tools are FUN and highly motivating.
There are tons of effects with the drawing tools to experiment with, as well as the ability to add voice message “buttons” into the drawing. You can begin your drawings on a blank canvas or choose to begin with something from your camera roll. They really have thought of everything. I love the fact that the layout is simple and non-cluttered. The developer used a term called “quiet space” when speaking about her app that fosters creativity through use of a subtle prompt of openness. And in that open space, anything is possible and encouraged. This gift alone, to children and teachers is extraordinarily generous and viewed with thoughts of future inventiveness in mind. What makes Drawp for School different than Drawp for families or Drawp Unlimited is the ability to send assignments and create
As a teacher or class leader, (because this app is not just for children), the possibilities of sending round robin type of works among co-workers or co-collaborators are only limited by your imagination. Anything that you can be placed on paper can be shared on Drawp. Think of it as an endless whiteboard, and you are Harold with your magic purple crayon. I can see Senior Centers, work places and friends with common interests all use this app for sharing ideas. As a teacher, you open to your page of classes, and then by selecting your class, you then open to the assignment page where you can offer starting points for kids to think about and plan a drawing or other visual assignment. You can also send a pre-made canvas with a drawing as a prompt. Planning, organizing and learning impulse control all strengthen executive functioning skills, which is inherently learned through the drawing prompts given by the teacher. Grading choices and color sensibilities are all part of learning to edit and present. The assignment page is straight forward as illustrated.
In the second picture, I can add a comment, to Toby’s picture, and he can add notes to me about the assignment. One assignment at a time is allowed to help keep kids focused, and learn to finish what they’ve started. You can create and share as much as you’d like outside of assignments, which is fun.
Wishlist – Although I view myself as intuitive and able to figure out how things work, in reality I am not. I just wish there was a tutorial taking me through the process step by step (complete with pictures)… of making assignments, receiving them, and making alterations. Having a tutorial either online or in the app would help address these issues.
- Saving or printing pieces for documenting work studies is a real bonus for teachers
- Communicating in a nonverbal manner taps into students’ inner resources
- Fosters planning, organizing and creative thinking through an open platform
- Adaptable for all levels, depending on prompt
- Promotes cooperation and collaboration
- Safe to use Independently
- Children are able to share with teachers, parents and classmates
- And FUN!
About the Author
Jo Booth has been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years, and currently works in Pediatrics with early intervention. She sees kids newly diagnosed on the spectrum as well as medically fragile kids. She loves to move, explore and play everyday; so that “her kids” grow up to be healthy independent learners.