Grade Level: all
Skill Level: Easy/Beginners level
Common Core Standards: Can be used with all Common Core standards.
App Store: Scribble Press is free. (iPad only)
When I downloaded this app my first thought was, “This is just another drawing app.” I mean really, how many drawing apps can one have on their iPad? I know from my own experience that I have at least 5 different drawing apps. But go ahead and delete the other ones and download this app NOW! I say NOW because there is no way this app is going to be free for much longer. This is one of the best drawing apps I have seen in a long time. Here is why…
This drawing app allows you to do two different things: draw (My Drawings) or create a book (My Books)!
I love the layout of the drawing application of this app. Select “New Drawing” and let your creativity flow. Scribble Press allows you to open up a “marker wall” full of pens of varying colors, widths, and styles.
This is an artist’s dream! A huge selection of pens and stamps awaits your creativity. Simply open up the wall, tap on the color of your choice, and finally select your pen. The pen is then added to your pen collection at the bottom of your drawing.
You can also add stickers, text, photos, and even change the background color. You can save your drawings within the app, take a screen shot to save it, or you can order your picture through Scribble Press (I have not ordered one so I cannot comment on this process but I guess this is how they make their money).
You can can also author and illustrate your very own book! Simply select “New Book” and follow their simple steps. First, you select which kind of book you would like to create.
Scribble Press has a blank book for you to create on your own,but it also has many different pre-made books that helps you to create a book. Then, select the theme of the book. This app allows you to choose several different stories within each theme. I chose Fantasy. Then I selected “Good Luck Mermaid.” Each book begins with a cloze type of paragraph (a cloze is a story with missing words that you can fill in). Fill in the missing words and touch “Create My Book.”
It will then create the book with the text at the bottom. Now you are able to go and illustrate each page. When you have finished illustrating touch “I’m Finished.” Of course, you can purchase your book from Scribble Press, but it also saves the story within the app so you can reread it over and over. You also have the option to share but you need to set up an account with Scribble Press. One of the options when you “share” is to open it in iBooks. This saves the book to your iBooks library so your students can go back and reread their own stories.
This app can be used in your classroom is so many different ways! The book creating option is a great writing tool for reluctant writers and especially for students with Autism who quite often have a difficult time during the writing block. You can use the “Blank Book” to support writing story summaries, sharing facts gathered from social studies or science, or to create books for vocabulary practice. This creative app is an excellent addition to your library of apps for the classroom.
Get innovative with this app and share your ideas!