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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.

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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.


Minimalist mind mapping to organize ideas

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

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


Add oomph to info with sleek infographic tool

Bottom line: Tech- and design-savvy students will immediately take to this well-designed, reasonably easy-to-use tool.

Autodesk Sketchbook

Impressive creation tool for teens serious about art

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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