ISTE 2017: Do Ink Makes Beautiful Creativity Apps That Even Second Graders Can Master
What started out as a web tool for animation in 2007 has quickly become the easiest iPad app for quickly creating fun and exciting animations. Do Ink, DK Picures Ink, started out as a web tool. The company offered a “simplified” version of Adobe Flash that enabled users to draw, animate and then share their work with the community. During it’s time as a web based tool, Do Ink saw their user base swell to over 400,000 users aged 13-21 that had created over two million pieces of art. Kids were introducing Do Ink to teachers, who naturally loved both it’s ease of use and it’s spark of creativity.
With the introduction of the iPad in 2010, Do Ink quickly realized the opportunity lived on the smaller, more portable screen, especially when it came to younger people (and children). After introducing the app to the app store they were quickly given the honor of being crowned an Apple “App Store Essential for Drawing”. Their Animation and Drawing App was also featured in the iTunes store under “Middle School Apps”.
Today teachers and students are using the Animation and Drawing App for everything from creating fairy tale and nursery rhyme animations, to futuristic, science animations. Do Ink takes pride in the fact that the creativity that comes out of the app is second to none, while at the same time the app is easy enough for a second grader to use.
Their second app, simply called Green Screen, was born out of an EdTech event in Boston.
“At EdCamp Boston in May of 2013, a teacher ask if anyone knew of an easy-to-use Green Screen app for the classroom. No one did, but we knew with our experience in video, we could create a great one, but that it had to be easy enough for a second grader to use. We beta tested our app with teachers, who gave us tremendous input during the development. Our Green Screen app was released in October of 2013. Two weeks after it’s launch, Apple selected it as a “Best New App in Education.” It is now a top education app downloaded in 114 countries.” Do Ink says on their website.
Green Screen has received rave reviews by educators and users alike. Common Sense Media called it “Versatile, easy to use movie maker yields great results…numerous uses for student projects…kids will have a blast using their imaginations..”