How I Use It
With all large or long term projects, we start out with a plan, usually carried out on a piece of paper that I commonly refer to as their "sloppy copy". This is where they put down all their ideas to see what "sticks". How great it is to be able to put down every idea that pops into their minds, in a stream of consciousness kind of way, complete with color! It is instant gratification and gives them lots of options to choose from, maybe even to combine ideas. Understand, as an art teacher, I still believe in the use of real media(paint, graphite, cut paper, pen, etc.) to create student projects, but I value the technology that allows them to "try on" lots of ideas before settling on one!
Paper 53 allows students that are visual learners to take notes and highlight important facts with illustrations(a digital interactive notebook...some students also have real, physical interactive notebooks in some classes, too) This app also gives slower students "wings" to create ideas, visually, more quickly. Paper 53 also allows students to save and share work and it is a great tool for them to revisit to appreciate their own growth!
By giving them a variety of virtual tools and colors, their planning becomes more detailed, and as a bonus, more fun!