Do you enjoy drawing, but you aren’t as good of an illustrator as you’d like to be? Do you get frustrated with the amount of times you erase or cross out your pen or pencil marks? Do you wish you could expand your creative side, but haven’t found a simple way to do it? Well then Dabbleboard is the application for you!
Dabbleboard is an online, collaborative whiteboard application. Aditi Rao describes in her blog post, Dabbleboard: Online Whiteboard Collaboration, how Dabbleboard “allows you to write text, draw objects, and make flowcharts and other graphical representations easily.” I know for me, I had trouble drawing with a pen and pencil back in the first grade, and I still believe I haven’t mastered the basic artistic skills. Dabbleboard is just like a marker on a whiteboard, or a pencil on a sheet of paper, except that everything you create is online-based. Today, this application has been used both inside and outside of classrooms, and Rao also discusses in her blog post how useful Dabbleboard can be for educational collaboration. Dabbleboard offers many different uses for students and teachers; however, the main ones I will be focusing on are: the simple creations of drawings, the free and easy account for downloading, how it allows collaboration and the benefits teachers have of using this in their classroom.
To get the full tour of Dabbleboard, you can watch this video that briefly describes the use of the application:
When using Dabbleboard, you do not have to create perfectly shaped objects. As soon as your draw strokes are shown on the whiteboard, it will detect the most common shapes and show up right before your eyes. This makes the process of drawing or creating a graphical representation much faster. Also, you do not have to worry about the overcrowding of a tool bar, because all the tools needed to modify an object are right next to it when you click on the object you’ve drawn. Everything you draw can be moved, rotated, resized, deleted, and replicated.
Another helpful use of Dabbleboard is that it is extremely easy to reuse previously made drawings. All you need to do is drag and drop a drawing you create into your personal library. You can also copy something from the library into your current drawing or copy drawings from the public library that others have made.
One of the things that make Dabbleboard a great tool for student usage in the classrooms is that it is free. In fact, no signup or login process is required to use Dabbleboard; however, to download whiteboard drawings, you do need to create an account. Creating an account is easy, fast, and once again, completely free! Signing up for a free account allows you to download whiteboard drawings; however, Dabbleboard also offers Pro accounts, which include even more benefits, at a very reasonable price. Their website compares the two different accounts on their Pricing & Signup page.
Another benefit of Dabbleboard, that is discussed in the Top 10 Reasons to use Dabbleboard, is that it allows collaboration. Teachers can use this tool in their classrooms to encourage student collaboration and creativity on projects, class discussions, and group activities. Students can edit and collaborate both in and out of the classroom. Dabbleboard allows sharing and real-time collaboration with anyone in the world. You can have your friends or classmates view and edit your drawings whenever you like, but only if you make it public. Dabbleboard is a very secure application, and each drawing you create is only viewed by whom you select.
Finally, Dabbleboard is a great tool for teachers to use in the classroom. It allows for interesting ideas and detailed thoughts that could easily be created, downloaded, and inserted into projects, lesson plans or worksheets. As Rao says in her post, Dabbleboard: Online Whiteboard Collaboration, “Dabbleboard would also be a great supplemental tool to online professional development, where teachers could communicate and construct knowledge socially in real-time or at their own pace.”
Here is an example of a Dabbleboard I created. I used a photo I had taken at the beach and set it as a background, and organized my homework into different graphic representations:
Have you ever used Dabbleboard or seen it being used in a classroom? If so, was it effective? Feel free to share comments, ideas, and thoughts relating to what you think about Dabbleboard!