Review by Kim Alessi, Common Sense Education | Updated April 2014
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Impressive word processor and publisher with great sharing features

Subjects & skills
  • English Language Arts

  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Creativity
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
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Pros: Powerful formatting and layout capabilities; tracking, password protection, auto-save, and cloud storage makes for easy collaboration; Microsoft Word and PDF compatible.

Cons: You can't create superscript and subscript text, and the app lacks some common templates such as calendar, agenda, fax, labels, syllabus, lesson plan, and script or screenplay.

Bottom Line: Impressive word processor makes layout and publishing a breeze, with easy file conversion and advanced features. And it's free for newer iOS devices.

Use Pages to document any class project imaginable, all with touchscreen text and image formatting and layout, cloud-based sharing, and wireless printing features. Kids can create snazzy class or school newsletters and project reports; present research-based data using text, charts, graphs, and tables; and design full-color posters and fliers showcasing school plays, fundraisers, class projects, and more. Pages supports, even encourages, collaboration by featuring cloud-based sharing features so kids can work together on the same document. Multiple users can use Pages individually, too, with intuitive, visual-based file management that helps organize their documents into folders labeled with their name or project title. Best yet is that Pages works seamlessly with Microsoft Word and PDF files, making cross-platform incompatibility a thing of the past.

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Pages is a powerful, mobile word processing and publishing tool that lets kids create many kinds of documents using intuitive touchscreen gestures. With 63 Apple-designed templates, kids can make letters, newsletters, reports, resumes, cards, fliers, posters, envelopes, invoices, and brochures. Kids add text through the app's QWERTY keyboard, then drag-and-drop graphics for easy formatting and layout. Pages has most standard word-processing features like spell check, auto-save, undo, word count, endnote and footnotes, text styles, lists, and document layout. Kids can add hand-drawn and stock shapes, pictures from their camera roll, and custom-made tables, charts, and graphs. They can animate data with interactive column, bar, scatter, and bubble charts. Pages has several power-user features like document tracking, comments and highlights, and document password protection.

The app has many sharing options. Kids can use AirDrop to send files to fellow users, or share through email, text message, iTunes file, and WebDAV services. They can also share links to their documents on iCloud (account required) via email, Twitter, and Facebook. Pages is format-friendly, too. Kids can import and edit Microsoft Word and plain text files, then export as Word, PDF, and ePub files. With AirPrint, kids can print wirelessly. Kids can find helpful support, too, with keyword-searchable help and coaching tips.

Pages is impressive because it's intuitive and easy to use, and it gives kids powerful publishing tools to create anything from simple text-only documents to complex reports and newsletters -- all with on-the-go portability and wireless printing capabilities. Pages has most of the standard features found in common computer-based word processors, including those that support collaboration (track changes, comments, etc.), plus great cloud-based sharing features as well. Kids and teachers will love having such publishing power and creativity to use anywhere. Kids will be most productive running Pages on an iPad paired with a Bluetooth wireless keyboard, using the app's touchscreen interface for formatting, layout, and file management. While they can certainly use the app on an iPhone, screen space is pretty limited; just be sure to use the Smart Zoom feature to focus in on text and graphics for easier edit and viewing.

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Kids will be inspired to get their ideas down in words with the easy formatting and layout, full touchscreen functionality, and bonus customized images. The intuitive, uncluttered interface won't put off beginners, either.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Kids learn essential word processing skills and can create any kind of document, from text-only letters and term papers to picture- and graphics-heavy newsletters and reports. Cloud-based tools teach kids trending file management skills.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Easy-to-follow, in-app coaching tips are located at the "?" on every screen. There's also extensive keyword-searchable help located under Tools (the wrench icon) > Help. The app supports 31 different languages.

Common Sense Reviewer
Kim Alessi Educational Technology Specialist

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Amy P. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
North Hills Senior High School
Pittsburgh, PA
Templates make word processing a breeze!
Because students are so accustomed to using the QWERTY keyboard and drag and drop feature, students are able to be very productive in a short amount of class time. The templates are attractive and the variety motivates students while encouraging creativity.
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