iPads in Education – Enhancing student learning by Lynda Cutting


An iPad is  a powerful tool but add a camera and the ability to be creative, share, communicate and to document learning is AWSOME!

Photocard Lite

This app is a great way to make postcards.  Drop a photo on one side and a message on the other. You can even select a stamp and some simple decoration. Once again this has many higher level evaluation and synthesis uses.

Turbo Collage $1.99

A simple drop and drag way to insert photos and text to make quick but very effective collages – a great way to document learning. Easily saved to photo library, printed or shared by email or Twitter.


Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 11.53.59 amMoldiv

This is definitely one of the best photo collage makers I have seen…and it’s free!

Sonic Pics

A brilliant and simple app that turns your photographs into narrated slideshows – great for kids of all ages.

Phoster $1.99

Insert a photo in to one of the many funky templates and backgrounds, add captions to make stunning posters.


Annotate photos, maps, any sort of image with shapes, arrows, sketches and text  to get your point across fast…….and it syncs to Evernote.

Frame Magic $0.99

Fantastic collage maker with stickers, frames and text and very easy to share

aTypo Picture

This is really cool! Choose a photo and add some related text. The picture is then inserted into the picture and creates the image. You get a bit of an idea from the app logo.

fast cameraFast Camara Free

This is a very cool app. It is actually for the iPhone but works well on the iPad. It’s like those very expensive SLR cameras and takes lots of pictures very quickly – claims to be one of the fastest cameras in the iTunes Store and that’s possibly true.  Once you open the app it starts taking pictures – hundreds of them. Stop the app the choose which ones you want to keep and the others are easily deleted. Great for taking lessons during a PE class for analysis and reflection or anywhere where kids are on the move.

pic collagePic Collage

I think this is one of the best and simplest app to use to create sensational photo collages. Any grade level could use this app.



Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 3.26.18 pmPhotoFunia

This is both an app and a web site but definitely one of my favourite tools to use. There are heaps of template from posters, street signs, banners, art galleries, billboards, record covers and so much more. Simply upload  your photo and Photfunia does the rest.


Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 3.38.25 pmPixlr

This is definitely my favourite photo editing app. There are a lot of ways to enhance and add effects to your images but I love the “focal” effect best. It allows you to set an area in very clear focus while the rest of the image is slightly blurred, a great way to add emphasis.


photo toasterPhoto Toaster $2.99

If you want to add filters, special lighting effects, background textures or  boarders to your photos this app does that really easily. You could then use these “spiffed up” pictures in all sorts of other apps like Pic Collage, Photocard Lite or Explain Everything.

typedrawingType Drawing $1.50

This is definitely one of my favourite apps…I use it a lot. You can use your words or phrases to create pictures . Great for creating headings, labels and signs. Or you could “paint” a picture using words.


Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 3.49.43 pmToon – Cartoon Effects

Is a lovely simple little app to give your  photos a cartoon like effect. Great to appsmash with a comic making apps

Screen Shot 2013-11-15 at 4.34.52 PMThinglink

Bring your images to life by inserting “touch points” that connect to your pictures to notes, videos, YouTube clips or music from iTunes. Surprisingly simple to use and available as online at thinglink.com as well as an app

images-1Superimpose .99

As the name suggests this app enables you to superimpose one image, or parts of the image on top of another. Simple to use with lots of possibilities.


A very simple way to enhance your photos by adding frames and matts. Lots of fun and great when you want  a quick result or when working with younger learners.


A bit more complex than Instaframe -you can edit, add filters, overlays, special effects as well as borders. In fact they claim that there is over 2 million combinations possible. Perfect when you want a more complex, professional effect.


Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 9.35.28 amFrameMagic .99

Slightly more complex than InstaFrame but this app has a lot of flexibility in the frames and effects that can be created.



Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 9.46.05 amPhotoGene 2.99

This app might seem bit expensive at $2.99 but it is almost a professional editing tool. Well worth a look for older students.



Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 9.50.01 amPhotoPaint 1.99

I love this app. There is a lot of fun to be had and great learning opportunities turning photos into paintings.



Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 11.49.53 amPhoto Slice Pro 2.49

Using Photo Slice Pro you can cut up and reassemble your photos in an amazing variety of ways for all sorts of uses – it gives a really professional “digital scrapbooking” effect



Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 11.56.07 amCollect – Photo Journal

This is more than a photo editing app. It is a simple and effective photo journaling tool to encourage taking an image a day. It links beautifully with the idea of “slow looking”  from the “Out of Eden Project” from the Project Zero team at Harvard. to learn more you might like to watch this short video


Screen Shot 2015-07-12 at 4.44.16 pmAnsel $0.99

A simple app that quickly turns your videos into black and white. It makes a really nice dramatic effect and weeks on photos as well.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: