Our publication at this year ED-Media 2015 conference “Collaborative Learning Through Drawing on iPads” is now online available.
Teamwork and collaboration skills are very important for improving learning efficiency and experience. Therefore an innovative iPad app, called Teamsketch, was developed to provide a collaborative sketch environment for devices with which pupils can simultaneously draw one sketch together. Up to four pupils can take part in a session and train collaboration just by drawing a sketch. First of all different features and issues of state-of-the- art applications were evaluated. Afterwards a prototype from scratch using Apple’s new programming language Swift has been implemented. Additionally, a web service, a web interface and also a web site were programmed in order to provide an evaluation tool for teachers. Furthermore, pupils can upload and download their drawn sketches and profile pictures. A first field test was carried out at the primary school Graz-Hirten. This test showed the potential of the app for training and evaluating team and collaboration skills.
Reference: Spitzer, M. & Ebner, M. (2015). Collaborative Learning Through Drawing on iPads. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2015. pp. 633-642 Chesapeake, VA: AACE.