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Apps and Websites for Making Posters and Collages

Student-created posters are a time-tested way to get kids to synthesize information visually as well as demonstrate and present learning. Posters are also great tools for teachers to display important information on classroom walls. These poster-making apps and websites enhance the experience by helping students and teachers work digitally, assembling multimedia posters and collages that mix drawings, writing, images, and more. There are also a few tools for inspiration that model creative possibilities or connect students and teachers to cool images they can use in their projects.

Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity

Open-ended collage maker teaches symbolism and revs up creativity

Bottom Line: Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity is a don't-miss art app that encourages creativity at the same time as modeling it.

Grades: Pre-K–6
Price:
Paid

Popplet

Minimalist mind mapping to organize ideas

Bottom Line: Easy-to-use idea organizer can help with simple mind mapping.

Grades: 1–12
Price:
Free, Paid

Adobe Capture CC

Magical design tool extracts colors, patterns, and more from images

Bottom Line: The rare combo of "wow" factor and utility, this tool help students recognize and use the designed world around them.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Free

Adobe Photoshop Mix - Cut out, combine, create

Impressive photo-editing app focuses on compositing, blending imagery

Bottom Line: While it's tackling a slightly niche design need (blending, layering, compositing photos), Photoshop Mix is an incredible tool that makes these processes shockingly simple on mobile devices.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Free

Canva

Create snazzy designs in seconds with flexible, cloud-based tool

Bottom Line: With stable internet access and enough time to get started, this is a flexible, accessible way to create beautiful designs in your classroom.

Grades: 4–12
Price:
Free, Paid

The Noun Project

Think in pictures with vibrant visual language everyone can understand

Bottom Line: It's a neat, well-executed concept with lots of possibilities for learning, imagining, and creating.

Grades: 4–12
Price:
Free

Flickr

Popular sharing site potentially useful as a classroom photo resource

Bottom Line: Make use of some incredible photographs in your classroom, but don't let students wander astray on the site.

Grades: 5–12
Price:
Free, Paid

Smore

Create and send simple newsletters and flyers

Bottom Line: This is a fast way to fashion basic newsletters and flyers, but it isn't quite as flashy as the competition.

Grades: 1–12
Price:
Free to try

Photoshop Express Photo Editor

Top-notch photo editor helps perfect pics for creative projects

Bottom Line: This is a powerful, free creation tool from the industry leader in photo editing.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Free

Sway

Create dynamic visual presentations on flexible storytelling platform

Bottom Line: A seamless transition from design to presentation makes Sway a great fit for presenting carefully curated content.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Free

Procreate

Outstanding art tool supports the workflow of seasoned digital painters

Bottom Line: For iPads, this is a best-in-class tool with enough pro-level features and technology, and some nice support resources.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Paid

Easelly

Think critically, share creatively with infographic-creation tool

Bottom Line: Even though the basic themes and images are limited, when prepared well, this tool can help students connect with content in a meaningful way.

Grades: 7–12
Price:
Free

Infogr.am

Snazzy, easy infographic maker visually pleasing but lacks design help

Bottom Line: The site is a great asset for classroom presentations and analyzing data, but educators need to provide guidance to ensure students learn while using it.

Grades: 7–12
Price:
Free, Paid

Lucidpress

Collaborative publishing and design tool has lots of options, templates

Bottom Line: An easy-to-use mash-up of InDesign and Google Drive, Lucidpress fills a niche for publication creation and collaboration.

Grades: 7–12
Price:
Free to try, Paid

Piktochart

Create sleek infographics with cool templates, powerful features

Bottom Line: An easy-to-use tool for producing and sharing great visual content in the classroom.

Grades: 7–12
Price:
Free, Free to try, Paid

Autodesk Sketchbook

Impressive creation tool for teens serious about art

Bottom Line: Gives students easy access to professional tools for creating digital art.

Grades: 7–12
Price:
Free to try

Venngage

Create impressive infographics with ease

Bottom Line: Surprisingly simple way for students to think critically and communicate ideas in an appealing, visual format, but could be a bit more edu-friendly with extra educator/student supports.

Grades: 7–12
Price:
Free to try, Paid

Adobe Express

Enjoyable and practical design tool supports creators of all ages

Bottom Line: Beautiful templates and user-friendly tools empower students to turn their creative ideas into professional-looking media.

Grades: 2–12
Price:
Free, Paid

PicCollage Grid & Photo Editor

Versatile, intuitive, engaging collage maker yields impressive designs

Bottom Line: With some privacy setup, and possibly upgrading to the paid version, this can be an excellent design tool for creating custom collages, teaching graphic design, layout, and photo editing.

Grades: 8–12
Price:
Free, Paid

PicMonkey Photo Editor Design

Reliable photo editor built for design and social sharing

Bottom Line: A great, social media-friendly option for teaching teens design, layout, and photo editing, but the paid version is more competitive with other tools.

Grades: 8–12
Price:
Free, Paid

Grafio 3 - Diagram Maker

Flexible app transforms sketches into pro-level designs and diagrams

Bottom Line: A terrific choice for creating simple diagrams or presentations on iOS.

Grades: 9–12
Price:
Paid

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