Many of the educators we’ve profiled here at Daily Edventures, like Carnegie Mellon professor Drew Davidson, have lamented the disappearance of art education from schools. In fact, the term “STEAM” education – adding “arts” to the all-important disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math – is gaining momentum.
So when a tool emerges that combines art with technology to great effect, we take note. This week’s Windows 8 App of the Week, Didlr, is such an innovation. Created by Wrapple CEO and developer Rich Holdsworth, a 14-year veteran of the mobile technology world, Didlr promises to spark users’ creativity by allowing them to draw, doodle, sketch and create on any device (including Windows Phone). Once created, “didls” can be shared via mobile apps, social networks and through instant messaging.
Holdsworth is passionate about the power of mobile computing (see his presentation at a recent Mobile Business Summit here), and just as passionate about the ability of Windows 8 to bring creativity to life. Initially inspired by his daughter’s interaction with the uDraw tablet for XBox, Holdsworth says, “While she was having a great time with it I noticed the obvious disconnect between scrawling blindly on a black piece of plastic and watching the results on the TV screen.” He adds, “Shortly afterwards I figured that just about everyone has a touchscreen phone or tablet nowadays, and this was the perfect way to overcome that barrier. At the same time it occurred to me that it would be great to share a drawing created this way as simply as you would share a tweet on Twitter – instantly to all your followers.”
We’re excited to highlight innovative creativity tools like Didlr here at Daily Edventures, and interested to hear from you on the current state of art education. Is technology helping? How so? Let me know @anthonysalcito.