Sago Mini Doodlecast
Sago Mini Doodlecast
Doodlecast by Sago Mini is a delightful app which provides tools and prompts (including a blank screen) for your young artists. It features simple prompts which do not require a “right answer” and it records all the conversation and self-talk that happens as the drawing is made. These become videos which can be viewed, saved, and shared. Capture voice and imaginations easily! Below is my rather poor example.
Sago Mini Doodlecast at first glance looks like just another basic drawing app, but the simple, open-ended prompts, instant audio recording, and ease of use makes this app very interesting to me. The built-in prompts (available in 16 languages) are great for youngsters who might like a different idea and these can also serve adults some ideas for creating additional prompts for young people using the blank template as well.
The drawing tools are a little limited, which may work well with the youngest users, but slightly older children will be hoping for Sago Mini to perhaps add a few more colors and maybe line thicknesses in the future.
The “For Parents” controls are nicely protected with onscreen text instructions. Why bother with these? In the parent information there are directions for going into the iPad settings for this app to do important things like limit the length of each video (or not limit), number of videos created in this app which can be saved (or NOT limiting this), choosing the language used in the app and turning off promotions on your videos and on the screen and so on. These controls are much appreciated by me.
Beyond the obvious use of this app to give children opportunities for creative expression and self-reflection by watching the videos of their work, this app could be used to collect student work and ideas. Imagine having students write their names on a blank page in this app and telling us what they are writing as they do so. Save their name-writing video and then do this again in a month or two to see improvement. Have students draw pictures of things and label them verbally, in any language. Students could make a whole story by drawing, erasing and telling the story. This is such an open-ended app. Have fun!
Doodlecast by Sago Mini
$1.99 (when posted on 8/2/2013)
Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.