Review by Megan Leppla, Common Sense Education | Updated May 2014
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Doodlecast Pro

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Record what you know and share it with the class

Subjects & skills
Skills
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Creativity

Subjects
  • Arts
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
6-12
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Pros: The record feature makes animating any presentation fun and easy.

Cons: This is a pure and simple presentation tool, and will require you to get creative with content.

Bottom Line: Students and teachers can make presentations, lesson plans, maps, graphs, and other digital creations.

Teachers can create lesson plans using Doodlecast Pro or, better yet, let students create their own lesson plans. The tools make it easy for anyone to get started, visualize an idea, and share presentations. Use the record feature to capture audio and animations for your presentation, make connections by using the pointer, or add illustrations with the drawing tool. Assign any project and have students present using Doodlecast Pro. Students (and teachers) can create presentations using analog tools, but the opportunity to use digital tools in this way can be empowering for many students. Plus, the consolidation of tools makes it easier to share those ideas in the classroom.

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Doodlecast Pro provides tools for you to create your own presentations and makes it easy to share what you've made. Choose from a library of backgrounds, import your own photos, utilize a variety of drawing and pointer tools, and add multiple pages. The record feature can capture animation and audio. Record a drawing in action or use it to capture frame by frame for a stop-motion effect. Doodlecast Pro is an engaging alternative to most other digital presentation tools. Lack of prompts may make it difficult for some to get started, but the format makes it ideal for anyone in need of tools to make a captivating presentation. The app opens on a blank page with tools situated at the bottom, recording and playback features at the top. Presentations are stored in a gallery and can easily be shared via YouTube, Dropbox, or email.

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As a tool for communicating other subjects and topics, Doodlecast Pro is an excellent way for students to articulate an idea. There may be an opportunity for students to learn more about the process of building a presentation –- digital drawing, audio and visual recording, and data visualization. There are no parameters or prompts for how kids should create their presentations, keeping it open-ended for them to add their own information. The format makes it easy enough for anyone to share what they know with others, making it a great tool for peer-to-peer learning. Kids might benefit from having access to sample presentations or prompts for how to share their stories, as the blank slate might be daunting to some.

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Overall Rating

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

Upload photos, draw, and record to create unique presentations.

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

Kids create presentations on any topic, and can learn from one another by sharing their creations.

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

Tutorials are available within the app, and the tools are relatively straightforward.


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Philip K. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship
Bloomington, IN
Easy to use tool for creating video lessons!

I think doodle cast is a great tool for creating video lessons that can be exported and then shared with students in a variety of ways. It could also be effective to have students create a video explaining a concept or working out a problem, and then submit the file through an LMS or Cloud system for the teacher to view.

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