Teacher Review For Sketch Guru - Handy Sketch Pad

Easy to Create Photo Effects

Elisabeth A.
Technology coordinator
Cosumnes River Elementary School
Sloughhouse, CA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects Math, Social Studies
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 2
Support 1
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
This review is for SketchGuru (version; by Roid), which creates photo effects, not brush or sketching effects. Students can easily access their saved photos or use their built-in camera to snap photos they wish to use with the app. SketchGuru provides students with a choice of image formats: 1:1; 3:4; 4:3; 9:16; 16:9; and Free Choice. Images can be rotated or flipped for more artistic choice. Eighteen photo effects are offered. The effects can be further altered for line thickness, color, or exposure. The user can select from three resolutions before saving: Low (913 x 480 px); Normal (1218 x 640 px); High (1280 x 673 px). Advertisements appear at the top of the screen during photo editing. Students can access the cloud to reach Instagram, Facebook or Flickr, provided they already have accounts (these sites are usually blocked when students are on their school's WiFi. The configuration button allows users to save creations in their preferred format: PNG or JPG. Once an image has been created, users can forward their creation to Facebook, Twitter, Sina Weibo, Mail or Instagram. When forwarded as an email, SketchGuru attaches a pre-made message indicating that you have used the app to make your creation and includes a link to iTunes, which can be deleted before sending. The app helps students easily apply artistic effects to their photos, enabling kids to feel artsy and successful. Students can email their completed photos to their teacher should he/she wish to combine them into a digital album to share with parents.
My Take
The app does what it promises, which is to help users create some nifty photo effects. Ads appear at the bottom of the app as users scroll through their finished images, but it's not that distracting. I prefer ads-free apps for students since you can't control or predict the kind of advertisements shown. SketchGuru is an easy to use app, accessible to many kinds of learners after a simple teacher demonstration. Kids enjoy tweeking their images, allowing them to make artistic decisions.