Monday, July 22, 2013

#AppMondayTAS - Doodle Buddy

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Doodle Buddy - Free (Universal)

Reviewer Comments
This is a simple and fun drawing app. Because of the simple interface, most children can use this app completely independently and just have fun creating all kinds of drawings. This app can also be used as a teaching tool when encouraging someone learning how to write.
The app offers the user many choices to draw. They can choose to draw with crayons, spray paint, stamps, glitter, etc. Placing "stamps" on the blank page is as simple as using an index finger to select a stamp and the stamp appears every time the screen is touched, making it a great cause and effect exercise. There are two options for "erasing" or "clearing" a drawing - selecting to clear the screen or gently shaking the iPad.
There is a running advertisement at the top of the screen in this app. Sometimes the children would touch this and it would send them to a site on the Internet. We suggest enabling Guided Access in this app to block out the ability for the user to get out of this app and go to an advertisement.
This app was used in a Pre-K classroom with children who have Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delays, as well as typically developing children. We used this app to work on drawing shapes and letters, connecting dots, finger isolation, and tracing.
The children especially loved making letters with the stamp feature. The stamps make a sound when you touch them and the children enjoyed this. They also liked using the stencils that the app offers to make perfect shapes.

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