To assist you with your selection, particularly when there is a broad choice of apps that appear to be similar, I have attempted to oganise the apps according to a number of categories. Please note that that rankings such as usefulness and ease of use are subjective. If you do not agree with what I have written please let me know! Click on the hyperlinks in the list to jump directly to that section.

Book makers

Story makers (writing)

Cartoon/comic makers

Photo + Text

Other writing apps


Book makers

Cost?
Who for?
Useful?(1-5)
Easy to use?
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Book Creator allows anyone to create their own books using images, text, videos, and audio recordings.You can choose from portrait, landscape or square book format. Add pictures from the Photos app, or grab them from the web, move and resize them with your fingers. Edit text using the onscreen keyboard, and apply fonts and formatting. Use the record button to narrate the text or import speech and music. Layout your book exactly as you want it with guidelines and snap positioning and use a custom color scheme. Send your books to your friends over email, to iTunes on your computer, over Dropbox, or to a WebDav server. Print using AirPrint or other printer apps, or export as PDF. Get help from the in-app tutorial or online.
Download this example on your iPad (click on Open in iBooks). I made it to demonstrate some apps.
$5.49
All levels
5
Easy
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Creative Book Builder (CBB) enables students to create, edit and publish professional looking ebooks. They can add tables, multiple-choice questions, Quizlet quizzes, video, audio recordings and Educreations tutorials. They can generate and embed QR codes, embed PDF files, import from Dropbox, Google Drive and add URLs. CBB enables users to create an unlimited number of chapters and sections, customize their book information and edit content offline. Books created in CBB can be shared via e-mail, Dropbox, Google Drive, WebDav Server, QR codes or iTunes File Sharing. All published ebooks can be read by any ePub reader including iBooks. Once published in iBook Shelf, readers can highlight words, add notes and define words by using the integrated dictionary function. Students might also like to use CBB to create e-portfolios that contains PDFs of the work they have done throughout the year.
$4.49
Secondary
5
Medium
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The bookPress app has been developed by Bookemon and you need to register with them before you can begin. Start with one of Bookemon’s pre-designed templates, with built in illustrated backgrounds, according to the type of book you wish to develop, or use a blank template in one of two sizes. Personalise your stories with your own photos or use clipart from the B Bookemon Library (in app). Save your finished books to Bookeman’s bCloud and share them with family and friends via email, Facebook or Twitter. Privacy settings give you control over access to your books.
Free
Secondary
4
Easy

Story makers (written text)

Cost?

Who for?
Useful?(1-5)
Easy to use?
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Use StoryKit to write some text, illustrate it by drawing on the screen, taking or inserting photos from the library (you can transfer photos to the library from an iCloud service such as Dropbox). You could also create your own illustrations on paper and photograph the image. You can record a narration and the layout elements of your story can be dragged, pinched and altered with ease. You can add a single voice recording to a page or do separate recordings for each sentence. You can also add the text in sections. Click here to see what a finished story looks like online . You could put a captured image of the front page of each story into an online environment such as a wiki and then link the URL to the image. For that reason, I wouldn't put a sound file on the front page.
Free
Primary, junior secondary
4
Easy
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Scribble Press is a book creation app that enables kids to create and share their own stories using a range of drawing and writing tools, including over 50 story templates. Check out this guide for teachers.
Free
Primary - junior secondary


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Scribble My Story is the junior version of the Scribble Press app. Students can create their own book from scratch, draw images, record audio and share the finished product with parents.
Free
Junior primary


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Bookabi enables students to create their very own storybooks in 2D and 3D. They can choose from bookabi's backgrounds, characters, objects and stickers or use their own photos and become part of the story. Bookabi features 2D and 3D characters that they can pose, rotate and move
, easy-to-add text, speech bubbles, pre-loaded backgrounds, objects and stickers. Students can record audio on each page

or listen to the audio in books that the teacher or other students have created.
Free
Primary


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StoryPatch is a picture book story creator. It has hundreds of images in its library as well as the ability to import photos. Children can start a story from scratch or build a story with the help of one of the included themes.
$2.99
Primary


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Story Maker HD is easy to use and has potential but currently users have to save each page of the story as a separate file.
Free for basic characters, $0.99 for story packs
Primary
2
Easy
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With Story Lines for School the first student writes some text, the next person illustrates it, the third person gives the illustration a title and so on. This app is intended for English speakers with quotes or vocabulary items suggested as prompts for new stories. Nonetheless these prompts can be ignored and text keyed in the target language.
Use it to: Reinforce new phrases and vocabulary.
Free
Upper primary, junior secondary


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Little Story Maker enables adults and children to create custom books on their iPads. The app provides book templates that you complete with your own images, text, and optional voice narration which can be synced to the words. All of the books that you create are stored in your Little Story Maker bookshelf. Readers have the option of having books read to them (if there is a narrated text) or can read the books themselves. Currently books cannot be shared beyond the device on which they were created.
Free
Primary
3
Easy

Cartoon/comic makers

Cost?

Who for?
Useful?(1-5)
Easy to use?
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Cartoon Studio can be used to create cartoons of up to 3 cells. Select from a range of supplied backgrounds and people (or use your own photos). Type into a variety of bubble cells.You can resize people elements and move the balloons.You can email the finished cartoon, save it to the photo library or share it via Facebook, or Twitter.
Free, $0.99 for the pro version with no ads & extra functionality
Secondary
3
Easy
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With Comics Creator, use existing photos from your camera roll or take new ones and turn them into a comic book page. Range of layouts and caption bubbles to choose from.
$1.99
Primary - junior secondary
3

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Use ComicStrip to create your very own comic book page using photos from your camera roll or take new ones in-app. With the collection of layouts, stickers and caption bubbles, you can readily personalise your stories. Upload your finished cartoon to Facebook, share with friends on Twitter and email your creation from your photo album.
$0.99
Primary - junior secondary
3
Easy
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Strip designer supplies users with more than100 templates containing 1 to 9 photo cells. You can also
 create your own layouts with up to 12 photo cells. There are
12 customisable balloon types. There are also more than 150 stickers to insert for additional impact. Comics can be published on Facebook, Flickr and Twitter
 or exported via Dropbox or to PDF to create real comic book pages. Photos can be imported from Facebook and you can also import maps.

$2.99
All levels
5
Easy
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Comic Life for iPad is a fun, simple way to make comic eBooks. Get started with full page templates and panel layouts. Take pictures directly with the iPad or import photos from the Internet, Photobooth or your personal library and use the editing and design tools to get the finished look you want.
Click here for a comparison of Comic Life and Strip Designer (above).
$5.49
All levels
5+
Easy
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PhotoComic is quick and simple to use. It gives you a choice of layouts, speech/thought balloons and some graphic elements but you are not able to modify the fonts. One good feature is the ability to lock images and text in place so that you don't move them accidentally. You can send your finished cartoon via email or share through Facebook and Twitter.
$0.99
All levels
3
Easy
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Kabaam is an iPhone/iPod app that enable users to make a continuous strip of up to nine photos. It has quirky sound effects as you add elements which students will probably enjoy. Click on each photo individually to add speech balloons and text. You can email the finished cartoon, publish on the Kabaam website, save to the photo library or share via Facebook, Flickr or Picasa.
$0.99
All levels
3
Easy
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Creaza Cartoonist enables students to create stories using ready-made characters, props and backgrounds (from the four included themes) or they can use the built-in camera to add their own photos. In addition to the inbuilt themes, a range of additional themes with settings, characters props etc. can be purchased. Once characters are selected, students can change their moods and expressions and add text through speech balloons. Users can also narrate their story by adding audio clips to each slide. Stories created on the iPad are synced and saved to the online Creaza account established when the app was first opened. Students can edit their cartoon further online and share it with others, or export it as a high resolution PDF file.
$1.99
Secondary
4
Medium difficulty & fairly time consuming
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ComicBook! is a full featured comic book creation app. Pictures can be loaded from the library or captured directly through the device. Users can then apply a wide selection of image filters (I love the "Comic" filter), sizeable comic fonts (with international characters available), border styles, a library of 58 comic graphics which can be scaled/rotated and 30 page layouts in both portrait and landscape modes. Finished comics can be published directly to Facebook or shared on Twitter with Twitpics. They can also be emailed as JPG or PDF files and saved to the photo library.
$0.99
Primary & Junior Secondary
5
Easy
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Text Here enables users to take a single photo and quickly add speech and thought balloons. For added effect you can add arrows, circle photo elements and add a caption. The finished cartoon can be emailed or shared through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
$0.99
Primary & Junior Secondary
3
Easy
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Comic Touch is an iPhone/iPod app that lets you apply comic effects to a single photo. You can add captions and a range of speech/thought balloons with the inbuilt comic lettering font. Next you can apply some PhotoBooth-style warping effects - turn people into caricatures of themselves or give them bizarre expressions. You can share your creations via email or save them back to the Photo Library.
Free
Primary & Junior Secondary
2
Easy

Photo + text: posters / collages

Cost?
Who for?
Useful?(1-5)
Easy to use?
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PicCollage enables users to create collages using their photo library, stickers, text, web images and freeform cut-outs. There is an in-built video tutorial. You can share finished collages via email, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.
Free.
$2.49 for additional content
Primary & Junior Secondary
4
Easy
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Use the Sign Maker app to create “Lost” “Wanted” or “For Sale” posters in the target language. Simply enter a title, a photo and some details (up to four lines of information), and then click on the arrow to access the print options. Note your device will require access to an AirPrint capable printer.
$1.99
Primary & Junior Secondary
2
Requires access to an AirPrint capable printer
Easy
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Moldiv lets you make a collage of up to 9 photos in one of a range of frames. You can select multiple photos at once. You then have lots of editing options such as adding text captions, speech bubbles and numerous stamps and can apply one of 36 photo effects to individual photos.
Free
Secondary
3
Easy
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Phonto allows users to add text to their photos. More than 200 fonts are available. The text size, colour, gradient etc. is completely changeable. Select a photo or take one with the camera, then click anywhere on the image to add text. You can add shadow to the text, adjust the line spacing and add items such as balloons, rectangles, stars and hearts.
Free ($0.99 for an ad-free version
Secondary
3/4
Medium
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With Skitch you use shapes, arrows, sketches, stamps and text annotation to get your point across fast.
Use it to: Mark up photos, screenshots, maps, and webpages then share them inside or outside the classroom; have races to write vocabulary and hold it up for all to see!
Free
All
3/4
Easy
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Over combines good photography with great typography. Use it to add create inspirational photos by adding captions, quotes, jokes, poems etc. The app comes with 200+ fonts or you can install your own fonts if you like. The simplicity of the right side wheel navigation makes Over very user friendly. It supports all of the major social networks, so connecting and sharing is simple.
$1.99
Secondary
3
Easy
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Visual poet contains three panels to which you add pictures, either taken from your personal library or from an online service like Flickr or tumblr. After choosing an image, you select a square area from it that you want to appear on the visual poetry file. You are able to enlarge or shrink this area. Next, you add your own text, using one of two different font sizes. Repeat this process for the remaining two panels, give the visual poetry a title and then share by email or post on tumblr.
Free
Secondary
3
Easy
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There are three simple steps to using the Quipio app: 1) Type, 2) Select an image, and 3) Share! As you type in your tweet-type text, the app will select fonts, textures, layouts and style options that will help to accent your message or “Quip”. Currently, the app contains over 100 beautiful designs and filters, with more being added.
Free
Secondary
4
Easy
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Use Phoster to create posters, fliers or invitations. Combining text and image is quick and easy thanks to an assortment of almost 200 pre-made templates and very easy to follow steps. Once you’ve selected a template you can take a photo or add an image from the camera roll and adjust it to the layout by zooming in and out or rotating. Next input some text and customize it by changing the font size and colour. Finally add one of the effects and save, print or share your creation.
$1.99
Secondary
3
Easy
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ScrapPad includes a range of professionally designed backgrounds, borders and embellishments with separate (mostly free) themes available through the App store.
 You can use photos from your iPad photo library, camera or iCloud and add text using the custom text editor.
 Share your finished albums on Facebook or by email.
$5.49
Secondary
4
Easy
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Start Scrap It HD by tapping the scissors icon. Choose from dozens of different papers for your background. Next choose photos from your photo library, and if you like apply some of the 35+ photo effects, as well as a colored border. It is quite intuitive to move the photos around, tilt and scale them. Add ribbons, bubble letters (from a selection of alphabets), text (the size, colour, and font of your choice), and stickers. Long tap on any of these items to bring up a menu of functions including shadowing, bringing the item forward or back, or deleting it if you’ve changed your mind. Save the scrapbook page to your camera roll or share it via email or your social networks. You can also organize individual scrap pages into Scrapboards.
Free
Secondary
3
Easy
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Monosnap HD for iPad allows you to take photos or import photos from your camera roll, crop them, add arrows, shapes or text to the picture and save it to the cloud or share it via Facebook, Twitter, Email or SMS. With this app you can also edit and publish screenshots made on your Mac or PC. 


Free
All
3
Easy
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Title FX is a full featured text on photo app. It includes over 50 fonts and 200 fun symbols. 

You have complete control over font size, position, rotation, character/line spacing, and transparency. All adjustments use interactive slider controls. 

Select a color and apply text effects such as drop shadows and gradients to make your message standout. There are also tasteful text backgrounds. 

Add as many text objects as you want. 

You have full undo/redo possibilities, (simply touch the element you want to edit). You can export to a range of social media or to your Photo Album.
$1.99
Secondary
3
Easy

Other writing apps

Cost?
Who for?
Useful?(1-5)
Easy to use?
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PhotoCard by Bill Atkinson is a full-featured iPad app. Start by choosing one of the 220 built-in nature photographs or one of your own personal photos. Next adjust the rotation, zoom and crop, lighten or darken your photo, and let PhotoCard analyze and automatically enhance it. With a tap, flip the card over and type or dictate a personal message on the back. Add decorative stickers and stamps, and sign it with your own custom signature. Email cards can even include a recorded voice note of up to 60 seconds.
Free
All
5
Easy
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Lifecards - Postcards, enables you to use up to four of your own photos to create a postcard using a selection of templates. You can do a range of edits to your photos, including adding text & speech balloons. You can add a signature to your postcard and then email it, move it to iCloud, save it as a PDF (can then share through Dropbox) or send it to Facebook, Twitter or Flickr.
$1.99
All
5
Easy
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Postale enables you to easily create custom postcards using your own photos and a personalized message, then share them instantly through email, Facebook, or Twitter. Simply select the layout and theme of your card (4 layouts and 6 themes built-in), place your photo, and type in your message. When you're ready to share it, select one of the in-built postage stamps or create a custom stamp from your photos to place on your postcard. 

Postale will imprint a unique post stamp right onto your card that shows the date and location that your card was sent from.
More themes & stamps are available through an in-app purchase.
$1.99
All
4
Easy
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Haiku Deck enables students and teachers to quickly create beautiful slide presentations. Two of the best features are that Haiku Deck intentionally limits how much text that you can put on each of your slides. Second, Haiku Deck helps you find Creative Commons licensed images for your presentations, large enough to completely fill your slide. You can also upload your own images from your iPad or import images from Instagram and Facebook.
Free
All
5
Easy
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MomentDiary adds timestamps to your entries. You can record what you eat, what you watch on TV, what you are doing etc at different moments of the day. You can liven up the text with emoticons and images. You can also add voice comments.
Free
Secondary


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Sentence builderhelps students to build grammatically correct sentences. While intended to support users of English, teachers or students can record their own sentences in the target language by describing images (ones included in the app or their own images). Students listen to the recording and then drag and drop individual words in place to form the sentence. Teachers can make the activity more challenging by adding additional (incorrect) words. As well as recording entire sentences, teachers can also record the sound of individual words so that students can listen to them as they click on each one.
$5.49
Junior primary/
primary
5
Easy
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Upad Lite has 3 modes of use: Note taking + PDF reader & annotating + Photo editing. You can export in a range of formats.
Free
Teachers and secondary students


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Notability enables users to annotate PDFs, as well as to create original notes and word process all in one. Notes can be exported from the app as PDFs to Dropbox and via email.
$0.99
Teachers and secondary students
5
Easy
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PlainText is a text editor with a simple user interface. It allows you to create and organize your documents in folders and sync everything with Dropbox.com.
Free
Teachers and secondary students


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With Doodle Buddy you can finger paint or use the text tool on a blank screen or built in backgrounds and drop in playful stamps and sounds. Connect with a friend on the same WiFi network to draw together and text chat. Post your doodles on your Facebook page or send to friends via email.
Free
$0.99 upgrade will hide ads
All


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Evernote is a great tool for bookmarking online discoveries, saving pictures taken on the iPhone or IPad, jotting down random notes and recording comments.It would also be great for students to use at the end of a class to quickly record their homework assignments.
Use it yourself to: Record notes anywhere, anytime; take snapshots of board work, take meeting minutes; share group folders for collaborative tasks.
Free
Teachers and secondary students
5
Medium
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iBrainstorm turns an iPad screen into a drawing surface.You can also add post-it notes to the screen either by yourself or from colleagues using the iBrainstorm Companion app for iPhone or iPod touch. Up to four colleagues can contribute to the iPad whiteboard via a wireless connection.
Free
All


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neu.Draw is a vector tool that enable uses to quickly draw illustrations, diagrams, icons etc
Free
Secondary


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neu.KidsDraw is the junior version of neu.Draw
Free
Primary


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Kidblog is designed for K-12 teachers who want to provide each student with an individual blog. Students publish posts and participate in discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Students can write for an authentic audience in a safe environment. The interface is easy to use and student-friendly with choice of themes. Posts can be kept private within the "class" or made public. This blogging platform allows teachers to monitor all publishing activity within the classroom blogging community and moderate comments and posts. Students can easily upload photos and videos directly from their iOS device with no embed codes or HTML.
Free
All
5
Easy
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Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. It’s up to five times faster than typing on the keyboard. The following languages are recognised:
English, Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish.
Free
Secondary


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Journals Journal, Diary and Notebook Library, gives users a choice of journal/notebook styles. You can create separate chapters and move journal entries from one chapter to another with ease. You can add pictures, video or record on Journals’ built-in audio player and directly upload any of your videos, pictures or audio recordings to your Dropbox account. Text entries can be opened in other apps for further editing or turned into PDFs. You can share your Journal entries, as well as any pictures, video, audio or drawings via Twitter, Facebook™ and email.
$4.99
Secondary
4
Easy
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NoteLedge allows you to take notes with handwriting or typed text and incorporate photos, drawings, audio and video recordings. NoteLedge is a perfect tool for making a scrapbook, composing a brief memo, keeping a daily diary, writing a travel journal, and recording brainstorming results. 
A range of themed papers lets you personalize your notes. The “Navigator"
tool lets you crop and copy selected content and paste it wherever you like within the active area. The built in web browser lets you crop and drag screenshots from websites directly to your notes. You can also copy and paste text from the browser. You can back up your notes to major cloud services including Evernote, Dropbox, Box and Google Drive, and can share your notes on Facebook and Twitter.
$5.49
Secondary
5
Easy
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You can generate Cloudart from a URL or type directly into the app. Edit out individual words such as the or a (and their equivalent in French, German, Italian and Spanish). Use the intuitive sliders to customise different aspects of the cloud. Save the images as jpeg and PDF and reload saved clouds for further tweaking.
$0.99
All
3/4
Easy
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Visual Poetry enables you to create word clouds that fit within an in-built cloud shape or a shape that you have drawn. Visual Poetry will work with any kind of text, not just poetry as the name implies. Users can edit text by selecting from a wide selection of font styles, font colors, and background colors. Visual Poetry makes the most common words the largest, but you can feature other words by simply typing them into your word clouds.
$1.99
All
4
Easy
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This is not an app, but one of three free downloadable templates that work within Keynote. Students can use these templates to create their own newspaper.
Templates free, $10.49 Keynote
All
4
Easy
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Microsoft Office Mobile enables you to view your Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint documents from virtually anywhere.
Microsoft has also developed separate apps for Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint.
To edit files using any of these apps you need a paid subscription to Office 365.
Check out this set of free tutorials that Investech has developed to guide users through the individual apps.
Free app - can read files but requires a paid subscription to Office 365 to edit
All
5
Easy