The app world is a little overwhelming at times, but that one app can make the world of difference. As a 1:1 school, all of my art students have their own iPads. This is a blessing, however, choosing the right Apps to help kids, not confuse kids continues to be the challenge. Many times you find a great app but it costs too much to use with your students, so the search continues until you find that “diamond in the rough.”
SketchBook Express is your “diamond in the rough” when it comes to the world of apps. This app is very similar to Adobe Photoshop but simplified for students!
It is so user-friendly middle school students were using this app without any instructions. The tool bar consist of various weapons of creation ranging from a pencil to an air brush tool, each of which can be adjusted for width and opacity. Importing a picture from your camera roll can be done in the layer mode or when you start a new sketch. With a simple maneuver of your fingers, you can resize, rotate and move an image. You can add text, add layers,
move layers, and change the opacity of a layer, and on top of all of these amazing features is the fact that it is FREE!
Students will love using this app for it’s user friendliness! When I asked students to try out other drawing and painting apps, that were similar to Sketchbook Express, they voted hands down for SketchBook Express. Other apps were more sophicated in the type of digital paper they offered or the way the digital mediums looked and acted more like real mediums, but it was more difficult to use and this then ranked SkecthBook Express #1 on my students list of art apps.
After students used this app in art class they started seeing its use on their own for that Geography poster or to add text in iMovie for their Language Arts project. It was very rewarding to see my students carry what they had learned in my art room and utilize this app in other subject areas. A math and science teacher told me “that is one powerful tool” after I presented a professional development session on SketchBook Express. Teachers are finding great uses for this app as well!
Top 7 Reasons Students and Teachers love using Sketchbook:
Do you have any apps that are your “diamond in the rough” when it comes to art ed?
Is your school district talking about going 1:1? iPads? Laptops? Mac Books?
PS. Stay tuned – soon we will be releasing AOE’s Fall Class Schedule, and I’ve got a class up my sleeve that may be able to help you even more with iPads…but that’s all I can say for now…