App review by Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Education | Updated September 2017
Drawp Unlimited
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Drawp Unlimited

Blank canvas will help kids express themselves creatively

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Learning rating
Editorial review by Common Sense Education
Community rating
Based on 1 review
Privacy rating
60%| Warning Expert evaluation by Common Sense
Grades
Pre-K–12 This grade range is based on learning appropriateness and doesn't take into account privacy. It's determined by Common Sense Education, not the product's publisher.
Subjects & Skills
Arts, Communication & Collaboration, Creativity

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Pros: Cute graphics and a blank canvas encourage students to share their thoughts in a safe environment.

Cons: May take some time to learn the functionality, and similar products are available free of charge.

Bottom Line: This handy tool encourages collaboration and creative expression, and it makes sharing assignments and giving feedback a snap for teachers.

There are many ways to use this workflow management platform. Check out the resource marketplace for standards-aligned lessons or other resources that align to your current unit. With the option to create and send templates to students, you can use Drawp as an alternative to paper-based graphic organizers, having students fill them out and share them using the app.

You can also use Drawp to encourage group brainstorming and teamwork. When planning a project or answering questions, students can brainstorm digitally and even make collaborative presentations by creating pictures to add to a slide show. Instead of setting up entire classes, you could use the "classes" to represent small groups of students, making it easy for them to communicate with each other and collaborate.

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Drawp Unlimited is a collaborative creation app for iPad. Students can work independently or with a peer to create original drawings or work off of an assignment shared by their teacher. The app's creation tools include a paint brush, sticky notes, text, and clip art. Kids and teachers can also add photos and record audio. When finished, students can share their pictures with the teacher and other classmates, who can comment on the pictures and share them with others; kids and teachers can upload or share pictures with Dropbox and Google Drive. A resource marketplace also gives teachers a place to collaborate where lesson plans and other resources are shared. 

To get started, teachers must first create an account, set up a class, and add students. Adding students automatically creates usernames and passwords to pass along to them, or teachers can create their own usernames and passwords. From there, teachers have the ability to create assignments and start to connect with students. When students first access the dashboard, they select a class and begin to create.

The idea of Drawp is appealing. Students will enjoy the collaborative and free-form drawing aspect, and there are many potential applications for this sort of program, from uploading a worksheet to using a premade graphic organizer to creating reports on a variety of topics. However, as many other free programs do offer similar features, teachers may be reluctant to pay the $99 subscription fee. But the resource marketplace could be an appealing feature for teachers who want to find and easily share resources that are aligned to specific standards. Drawp may work better for younger students, who may find it easier to collaborate on the app than to use a similar program, such as Google Classroom.

Overall Rating

Engagement Would it motivate students and hold their interest? Is it visually appealing? Would it inspire teachers to try something new or change their instruction?

Silly pictures and creative text tools inspire shared creativity.

 

 

 

Pedagogy Does the tool help teachers promote a more student-centered experience? Will students gain conceptual understanding or think critically? Does it deepen teachers’ pedagogical thinking?

Encourages kids to connect with their peers, and teachers to share ideas and creations.

Support Can students and teachers get assistance when they need it? Is it created with people of different abilities and backgrounds in mind? Is learning reinforced and extended beyond the digital experience?

The swipe-to-share feature makes collaboration a snap, and there are lots of videos to help teachers get started. 


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Debbie Gorrell Educator

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William J. , Technology coordinator
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Fort Settlement Middle School
Sugar Land, United States
DRAWP
This is a very useful tool to for students and teachers. Teachers who are proponents of the paperless environment will take advantage of the drawing tools. Kids are also able to collaborate with each other and the teachers can see and control sharing withing the class. The only downfall of this product is the cost, however if you can afford it its a definitely worth the money, especially for k-3 classrooms.
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Data Safety
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Users can interact with trusted users and/or students.
Personal information is displayed publicly.
Unclear whether user-created content is filtered for personal information before being made publicly visible.
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Users can create or upload content.
Processes to access and review user data are available.
Processes to modify inaccurate data are available.
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