How I Use It
I used the Kidomatic camera app with Pre-K students when we went outside to look for insects and animals. I was interested in the app because it is very user-friendly, with large visual icons that make it easy to touch and manipulate the camera (e.g., zoom, flash). Although the students were able to quickly pick up how to use the app, they were often distracted by the loud audio comments built-in whenever you take a photo or save a picture and the numerous props built-in to the app.
I would not recommend this app as a teaching or learning tool due to:
- the loud sounds/comments and the inability to turn them off in the app
- the constant presence of an icon encouraging in-app purchases (for other types of kidomatic cameras)
- the assortment of props, many of which are sweets, and seem unrelated to most learning activities
In addition to these issues, I also feel that it's important for students to learn and experiment with the built-in camera app. I think it's important to scaffold children's use of complex tools and trust them to use the same high quality tools and materials that they see older peers and adults using when appropriate. Although I like the idea of making the camera easier to manipulate, I have found that young children can use the regular camera app, especially when they work in pairs.