Scribble Press was featured as a FREE app on App Friday (Jan. 13th, 2012). I installed it and have just begun to look at it, but so far, I see some really great features. It has several modes: "My Books" (books that you created and can create), "My Drawings" (drawing/note pad type of feature with lots of neat choices), and a "Gallery" (download other people's creations for free). So what does this app have to offer?
Books: You can create your own book by choosing from a multitude of
pre-made options, or start with a blank book. Pre-made options include:
About Me, Aliens, Family, Fantasy, Holiday, Humor, Most Popular, and
School. Within each of those categories, there are sub-choices. For
example, within "About Me" there are the following choices: All About
Me, If I Ran for President, If I Ruled the World, My Book Favorites, My
Day at the Beach, and My Vacation. To get started, you choose a
category, and then a book. You then are presented with a format, like a
Mad-Lib, in which you add certain words...and you go from there.
Drawings: When you open a new drawing, you are given a piece of paper
and 5 marker tools. There is also a large box of markers, if you tap on
this, you can choose from tons of colors. Select a color, and you are
then prompted to pick a marker thickness or stamp marker. These markers
will be added to your tool box. You are also given an eraser, a text
icon (for typing), a camera, background colors, and pre-drawn pictures.
The pre-drawn pictures are similar to little stickers or characters...I
really like this feature!
--Gallery: You can pick
from a really large selection of books/pieces of work created by other
adults/students. You can download them and save them to your gallery.
So, how would I use this app????????
Books: Great for creating narratives, retelling events, creating
social stories, doing a "How To..." project, etc. You can use a blank
book, add a cover and as many pages as you want. Create your own
artwork or choose from the pre-made artwork...or take a picture with the
camera. I really like the artwork that they include. You can also
choose from the pre-made books. This feature would be great for a cloze
reading activity in which students need to consider the theme and use
sentence context clues to complete the store by filling in the missing
blanks. Don't forget that students can publish/share the books that
they create!!! They should then be viewable in the Gallery. I haven't
tested this feature yet...but I can only imagine how excited students
might get to see their/their friend's books in the Gallery! The
developer also noted that in the future, you will be able to print
--My Drawings: I like the idea of using
this as a note pad for something like a graphic organizer, word bank,
etc. I could easily have the students list words associated with a
topic/theme (ex: words describing winter). They could then refer to the
notepad as they write descriptive sentences, etc. This would be a
great app to pair with a smartboard; unfortunately, I do not have
one!!!!! But you could project the notepad onto the smartboard for
brainstorming sessions, spelling games, math facts, studying vocabulary,
etc. Again, I like the pre-made artwork...you could pick a clipart
picture and have the students produce a sentence or story about the
item. Again, a smartboard would be awesome with this!!!
This will be great for viewing created work. I haven't yet found a way
to 'search' the gallery. You have to scroll through. It's great that
there are so many stories to choose from for FREE!!!!! I plan on using
these for social stories, comprehension questions, retelling stories,