When the first iPad debuted on the scene, a math teacher asked me if there was any way that students could easily sketch math problems within an email message or chat. Of course, there are some ways – but they require a few steps to get there.
But in December, Google unveiled Scribbles for Gmail, allowing users to add drawings to their electronic messages. I instantly thought of how Google has provided an easy interface for things that can be sketched more easily than typed – like math and science problems.
Here’s how it works:
In the compose view, users click on the scribble button to open the drawing window:
The drawing is limited to the touchscreen sensitivity of the device, but is quite easy to use. Images are inserted as .png attachments.
Scribbles is a compelling reason for school districts to allow student access of Gmail or even setup Google Apps for Education. But I am excited to think about the future of Scribbles in other products; imagine a sketch tool built-in to Moodle, Edmodo or other similar educational products.
Build it, and watch the math and science teachers flock to it.