Susan Riley | July 2015

Creatubbles: Designed with Kids in Mind

Have you ever found yourself wishing there was a social media tool designed specifically for students that you could use safely in the classroom?

One without the need to jump through a bunch of hoops,  AND could be used for a variety of instructional purposes?  If so, we’ve found a solution that might help!  Creatubbles is an online social media tool designed with kids in mind!

What Is Creatubbles?

When I first spoke with Paul Greenberg, the co-founder of Creatubbles, my mind swam through all the possibilities for using this simple tool in our classrooms.  At first glance, it feels like a cross between Pinterest (with a grid layout) and Facebook (you can “like” a piece of artwork with bubbles).  Then, I noticed each bubble you place on someone’s work you like can have a comment attached. Each artwork upload can have an artist statement attached – either through writing OR via audio.  So, it reminded me a bit of Artsonia or Three Ring.

In the end, I think what’s great about this tech tool is it’s a curation, creation, and reflection tool using art as a medium for all three.  Since it was designed for children, it’s easy to use.  My 5-year old daughter figured out how to upload, comment, and share artwork within 5 minutes. However, it’s not just mesmerizing to children. The gallery features, and artists statement capabilities engage even the most sophisticated user.

In today’s EducationCloset On-Demand episode, I take you on a tour of Creatubbles functionalities. As well as providing some ideas for ways you can use this as a tool in your arts integration and education classes.

Like this?  Be sure to subscribe to our channel to get notified each time we release a new episode!

So what did you think?  Is your mind swimming like mine?  Since it’s summer, why not try out the platform. Play with some of its features?  After all – it’s free and could provide you with the resource you need for your next lesson, unit, or even back-to-school arts night.

About the Author

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, STEAM, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan