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Scoot & Doodle
Pros: Open-ended forum for creating and sharing ideas with people all over the world.
Cons: Requires a Google account and has potential privacy issues; learning depends entirely on what users contribute.
Bottom Line: If used effectively, it's a great tool that can ignite creativity and collaboration with people across the globe.
Scoot & Doodle offers some thought-provoking challenges that can be prompts for classroom collaborations, contests, assignments, etc. Teachers can ask students to write and design collaborative stories, solve math problems, design science experiments, and so on. For example, one challenge prompts students to design a time machine that can take them anywhere and describe/show how the machine works, and where they would go and why. For a creative writing assignment, students might write a conversation between a scuba diver and an octopus that includes the folowing words: banana, organic, sun, courage, incredible. Teachers and students can also upload their own prompts.
Scoot & Doodle is a Google+ and Chrome app that allows users to draw and create in real time with up to 10 invited guests. Google+ provides the “hangout” (e.g., video chat, the friends list), and Scoot & Doodle provides the drawing board, personal portfolio space, a gallery, and some creative prompts for inspiration. There's no subject-specific content built in outside of the prompts, leaving application to teachers. At its core, Scoot & Doodle is a networked sketchpad or whiteboard: Users can vary their paintbrush size or paint color, erase, or use pre-loaded “stamps” (some available for free, some for a small fee). It's an interesting platform for creating and sharing, with the potential to be an innovative learning tool.
Any potential learning depends entirely on what teachers and students use the creation tools to do. By partnering with Google+, Scoot & Doodle offers the opportunity to collaborate, share, and create together with users across the globe. Although this kind of sharing and collaborating happens naturally when face-to-face in a classroom, the digital hangout allows for a much wider audience including people of different backgrounds and experiences -- think pen pals for the 21st century. However, students will also need to be aware of who is invited to their hangouts and where and what they decide to share (doodles can go to Facebook accounts and other social media networks with a simple click of the button).