App review by Dana Villamagna, Common Sense Education | Updated March 2013
Whiteboard Pro: Collaborative Drawing
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Whiteboard Pro: Collaborative Drawing

Basic app for real-time collaboration; privacy and safety issues

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Arts, Communication & Collaboration, Creativity

Pros: Working together on digital art projects can be a fun way to learn collaboration skills.

Cons: There's no ability to lock portions of work against editing or deletion by collaborators.

Bottom Line: This easy-to-use collaborative whiteboard could be improved with more features and some safeguards for kids.

While it's obviously applicable to an art class, Whiteboard Pro: Collaborative Drawing could likely work in other classes, as well. Uses could include project brainstorming sessions, two-person games, silent dialogues, or any other partner project. In a language arts class, students could upload a text (as a "photo") and use the drawing tool to write back and forth as they interpret the text.

In an art setting, teachers could pair a new learner with a more capable peer who could help demonstrate some basic tricks of the digital creation trade: shading, using opacity, working with layers, etc. Students can practice new tech skills in digital creation, collaboration, and social media sharing and feedback. On the sharing end of things, students can practice responsible social media use while honing some basic digital design skills.

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Whiteboard Pro: Collaborative Drawing is a drawing app that students can use to create digital drawings and collaborate back and forth with a partner. They can create drawings with different colors and lines on a blank screen, or they can upload photos to draw over. The simple tools include color, opacity, and width of lines. Students can also enter basic text with different fonts and use layers.

What makes Whiteboard Pro different than some other digital drawing apps is that it allows students to connect with a collaborator who can view their drawings and add to or change them, as the first student watches in real-time. Collaboration can take place between mobile devices (via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth) or over the Internet. Drawings can be shared via email, Twitter, Facebook, and the app's online gallery.

It's important to know up front that Whiteboard Pro: Collaborative Drawing isn't primarily an educational app; it's a creation tool that contains little in the way of instruction. As a result, teachers may need to scaffold students' use and provide guidance on respectful collaboration, appropriate online sharing, and digital creation.

That said, Whiteboard Pro: Collaborative Drawing can make collaboration fun. Just make sure students have a partner who's cooperative: Once a drawing is shared, collaborators can edit as they please, including erasing or scribbling all over it. Of course, the original creator can undo the changes. And then the collaborator could erase or scribble on it again ... you get the picture. But with guidance, Whiteboard Pro: Collaborative Drawing has potential. As a collaboration-based app, it's only as good as the collaborators involved. However, if you don’t need collaboration, there are better drawing and whiteboard apps available.

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The basic drawing and text features are moderately engaging. What really captivates is the ability to collaborate with others remotely, post drawings via social media, and view and rate other users' drawings.


Most of kids' learning will happen experientially, through their own creativity and trial and error. Kids can also receive feedback from other users via the app's online gallery.


There's a very short written tutorial on this app. Although the interface is quite basic, it may not be intuitive for younger users.

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Dana Villamagna Classroom teacher

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Valerie H. , Technology coordinator
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Milford Brook School
Manalapan, United States
Whiteboard app with collaboration tools
Overall, while the app does what it was created to do, it isn't solely an educational tool, so it's limited in as much as the user knows how to make use of it. The layers were especially useful, as were the wide variety of colors to differentiate among users. If the tutorial was more detailed and geared towards students I believe the app would be more useful. With so many whiteboard apps in the App Store, an educational focused whiteboard app would be much preferred. This app is likely not the best whit ...
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