Common Sense Review
Updated May 2015

Animation & Drawing by Do Ink

One-stop animation tool for beginners through experts
Common Sense Rating 4
  • A wide range of images or included, and kids can draw their own.
  • Animations can be simple or more complex.
  • Image library includes backgrounds and characters to drag into place.
  • Animating is as simple as dragging images into place and drawing the animation path.
  • Save animations to camera roll or to Google Drive or Dropbox.
Students can create their first animation in minutes.
Video tutorials are not available in-app.
Bottom Line
Accessible entry into animation for kids that has enough depth to satisfy more advanced young artists.
Amanda Bindel
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

Kids get almost immediate satisfaction creating their first animation using drawings from the library, and the design is flexible enough to grow with kids as they become expert animators.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Work is saved automatically to the gallery, and saved creations can be edited or copied and changed up so kids can continuing improving them.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

Kids get walked through the whole process of creating animations and drawings. Creations can be easily shared. Could use some in-app video tutorials.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

This one app can be used with kids of all levels of artistic ability and talent, and it can also grow with kids as they learn more about animation and want to create original or more complicated animations. Since kids can use the existing library to create an animation in a couple of minutes, teachers can introduce it in a class period and give kids time to play around with it. Teachers will want to show the online video tutorials to supplement the written in-app guide. Kids can create animations to go with presentation, reports, stories, and more. Animations also integrate easily into Green Screen by Do Ink.

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What's It Like?

Animation & Drawing by Do Ink includes a database of ready-made drawings that can be used to quickly create animations as well as a drawing tool so more advanced animators can create original animations. Kids can share their creations through Dropbox or Google Drive by logging in to those accounts and giving access to the app, or they can save them to the device's camera roll and share from there. A written tutorial is available in-app, and video tutorials are online and are easier to follow for kids just getting started with animation.

The app opens into the gallery, which includes any saved work and a couple of ready-made examples. The gallery includes clips of completed animations, drawings of still images, and compositions of animations. Kids click the plus sign to create a new drawing or composition and can access the gallery to pull in more drawings or compositions to add to the new composition. The help screen progresses from "first steps" in how to create a composition using existing drawings to how to use the shapes, color, and vector path tools to create more advanced, original animations. Animations can be exported for use in Green Screen by Do Ink presentations, too.

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Is It Good For Learning?

This animation tool is fabulous for beginners -- they can create an impressive animation in just a few minutes. Better yet -- it works for experts, too -- they can create custom animations with original drawings using advanced features. There just aren't that many tools that can handle beginners and experts and everything in between so well. Beginners may have a moment of panic when looking at that white screen surround by tools, so the tutorials are a must. The library of clip-art-like images is impressive and exhaustive, but no worries if something is missing because that's what the drawing tool is for. Saving and sharing creations is easy, too. Having the video tutorials in-app would be nice, but it is helpful to watch the tutorial on a different screen while playing around with the app on another.

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