Scribblar

What is it?

Scribblar is like an online whiteboard. To me, it is a less powerful version of Blackboard Collaborate or Adobe Connect. The basic (free) plan lets you have up to 3 “rooms,” with up to 3 users per room for a 14 day trial. You would have to upgrade to another plan to get more users and more rooms (for example, the premium plan gives you 25 users per room and 25 rooms, and costs $39/month).

How does it work?

You sign up for an account with your email address and create a password. Once you have an account, you “create a room.” Then, you can share a link to your room or embed it in your website, and then students join that room to participate in a session in real-time. Students and teachers can write on the whiteboard, upload PowerPoint presentations or other files, add text or pictures, etc. Like Blackboard Collaborate, it has a text chat box for all participants in the room, or you can use your microphone/video to speak. Users can take a snapshot of the whiteboard or export it to a PDF, so they can easily review what was covered in the session at a later time. This video show some of the basic features in Scribblar, and also lets you see what a Scribblar board looks like:

Strengths, Limitations, and Applications

I personally wasn’t a fan of the “look” of Scribblar – to me, it felt too institutional and Blackboard-ish. In other words, I think it could’ve been designed to be more eye-catching and more user-friendly. Its technology just felt kind of out-of-date (for example, the icons remind me of old Microsoft Word, and I had to login almost every time I navigated away from the website, which was a pain). With so many options for ed tech out there, these characteristics alone would probably push me to look for different tool instead of using Scribblar.

I could see Scribblar being useful under these (limited) conditions: (1) an instructor doesn’t have access to other collaboration tools, like Blackboard Collaborate or Adobe Connect, and (2) an instructor needs to be able to virtually collaborate with only a handful of students (i.e., likeĀ online office hours, individual tutoring sessions, etc.).

 

3 thoughts on “Scribblar

  1. You’re right, it does look like Microsoft Word- good times! šŸ™‚ I’m not sure if I could see myself using Scribblar, but I’ll keep it in my toolbox. Good informational video!

  2. Dr. F says:

    Thanks for researching this, so I won’t have to. I agree that it is not as good as some of the others that are already out there. Still, competition is a good thing.

  3. Cherie says:

    I also agree that it looks like Microsoft Word. I can tell the Scribblar isn’t for me. I have way too many students. However, if I was tutoring a small group after school, it might be something that would work for me. I think the cost is a little steep for just 25 students to be able to use it. I have 32 fourth grade students. It irritates me when websites put a cap on how many students can use it at the same time. I do like that you can upload presentations, text and pictures to it.

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