Review by Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Education | Updated May 2017
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Animation & Drawing by Do Ink

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One-stop animation tool for beginners through experts

Subjects & skills
Skills
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Creativity

Subjects
  • Arts
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
3-8
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Pros: Students can create their first animation in minutes, thanks to detailed tutorials and documentation.

Cons: Video tutorials are not available in-app.

Bottom Line: Accessible entry into animation for beginning students, but with enough depth to satisfy more advanced artists.

Animation & Drawing by Do Ink can be used with students of all ages and levels of artistic ability and talent, and it can also grow with students as they learn more about creating art and animation and want to create original or more complicated animations. Since students can use the existing library to create an animation in a couple of minutes, teachers can introduce it in a class period and give their students time to play around with it right away. Teachers will want to show the online video tutorials to supplement the written in-app guide, as they will get students up and running very quickly. Students can create animations to go with presentations, reports, stories, and more, and students can collaborate by combining several students' art and animation into a larger project. Since the drawing and animation components are created separately, this app is a useful way to apply individual efforts to a group creative project. Animations also integrate easily into Green Screen by Do Ink.

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Animation & Drawing by Do Ink is a well-designed animation app designed for students of all ages and talents. It includes a database of ready-made drawings, backgrounds, and small animations that can be used to quickly create larger animations. It also includes drawing tools and other sophisticated options so more advanced animators can create completely original animations. The layer option allows students to bring in an outside image or video, perfect for tracing or using as a template. Artists can zoom in and out to work on fine detail. The app also now has support for the Apple Pencil's pressure sensitivity, variable width brush strokes, and palm rejection. As students add objects to their creations, they can change the objects' size, orientation, placement, etc. They can create paths for objects to travel along, once they're in motion. Animations can also be made in a more flip book/stop motion style. The background, aspect ratio, title, and tags (used for searching) can all be customized, and the flip book frame rate can be changed.

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. Students click the plus sign to create a new drawing or composition (or import a project) and can access the gallery to pull in more drawings or compositions to add to the new composition. The help screen progresses from how to create a composition using existing drawings all the way 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, using the shared file feature. Students can also share their creations through Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, or iCloud, they can import projects from those locations, or they can save projects to their iPad's camera roll and share from there. A written app reference is available inside the app, but the video tutorials online are the perfect place for students who are just getting started with animation to start.

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This animation tool is fabulous for beginners and younger students -- 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 handle a range of expertise as well as this app. Beginners may have a moment of panic when looking at that white screen surround by tools, so watching and working through the tutorials is a must, and the included documentation can help as students have more questions. The library of clip-art-like images is impressive and exhaustive, but no worries if something is missing; 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.

With this app, the learning is in the doing. No matter their artistic talent, students can create an animation quickly, which allows for an almost immediate sense of accomplishment, giving confidence to create a second project. Students can then share or export their completed works, allowing for collaboration or just peer support.

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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Students get almost immediate satisfaction creating their first animation using drawings from the library, and the design is flexible enough to grow with them as they become expert animators of both path animation and flip books.

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

Students learn by doing, creating original or imported drawings and then animating them to create a larger story or work. Work is saved automatically to the gallery, making it easy to share or rework projects, or just start something new.

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

Students are walked through the process of creating animations and drawings through tutorials on the website, and creations can be easily shared. Entire documentation is available inside the app and on the website.


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Jenny Bristol Homeschooling parent

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Pamela S. , Technology coordinator
Technology coordinator
Jefferson Elementary School
Omaha, NE
Get Animated in All Content Areas

This app is great to use across all content areas. It is highly engaging and lets students be as creative as they want to be. As students become more comfortable with using the app, their animations and drawings become more sophisticated. Even reluctant learners enjoyed this app.

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