Here is a screen shot of a dabbleboard creation. I uploaded the flower image and then used it to labeled the different parts. I drew in roots and soil at the bottom of the page.
Dabbleboard is an online drawing tool that can be used in the context of science to create concept maps, flows charts, or as a labeling feature for drawings and diagrams. It's most basic program is free to users and includes the white board for drawing, the ability to upload images, and the ability to share work and chat with other users. The upgraded versions of dabbleboard are monthly fees and the website does offer a 50% discount for educational users.
Students with learning disabilities often have a tough time organizing their thoughts or taking notes. Dabbleboard is an engaging and easy to use tool in which students can create drawings that will outline major concepts or ideas and create stimulating visuals to reference.
Dabbleboard is very simple to use:
Simple shapes: The user can create shapes basic shapes by selecting the icon with a ----T (the size of the icon indicates the thickness of the lines drawn) and then making an estimate to draw a shape. The neat thing about this feature is that dabbleboard will automatically recognize what shape the user is trying to draw without the user actually having to fully finish drawing the shape. To draw shapes like rectangles or diamonds, the user just has to have one corner of the shape drawn and dabbleboard will finish the rest. To draw shapes like circles, the user just has to make a curve.
Freehand: The user can also create freehand drawings like clouds or hearts by selecting the freehand icon. The user will know that a change has been made because when drawing with the freehand tool, the line is solid instead of dashed.
Connecting shapes: Users can either draw lines or arrows to connect their shapes. Plain lines can be drawn without a special selection. After a shape is drawn, one just has to make an arrow starting from the desired shape and drag it to somewhere else on the page. To add lines with arrows, the user just selects the icon with the arrow.
Text: Text can be added simply by the user clicking on any space. A one touch click triggers a small green loop to pop up, from here the user can just start typing and text will appear. The user can format the text by making it bold, italicized, or underlined. The user can also change the color of the text to their desire.
Selecting objects: When the user clicks on the line of any object, it becomes highlighted and four icons appear. From here, the user can make an object bigger, move the object, replicate it, or exit out. To select a whole area, the user can click on any spot on the board (very similar to if you wanted to create text) and the green lasso appears again. From here, the user can select the little square in the bottom right corner and drag it around any area. This allows the user to move any drawings they made on the board or resize the objects.
Uploading: The user can upload images and documents by selecting the "a" icon or the icon with the mountain image on it. From there, they can add a document to the page to draw on (such as a blank science lab report) or an image (like the flower on the screen shot below).
Saving and sharing: Work can be saved by clicking on the floppy disk icon. Also, the student can select the entire drawing and click and drag it over to the personal library on the left hand side of the page. Here, the drawing will be saved and can be dragged onto new work done in the future. The sharing feature is on the right hand side of the page. By selecting share and chat, users can share their drawings with others and discuss the content of the drawing. The free version of dabbleboard is a public forum. For private sharing, the user must upgrade to another version.
Here is a second screen shot of a dabbleboard creation I made depicting the three states of water.
To visit dabbleboard and start drawing, click here. Want to view a tutorial of dabbleboard? Click here.
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