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Best Photography and Photo-Editing Apps for Students

These photography apps, games, and websites cover kids' photo-taking and photo-editing needs -- from basic cleanup and cropping to more specialized filters and effects that offer an extra punch. Photography can be a catalyst for expressing originality and can inspire kids to learn about the world around them through the process of capturing images.

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ChatterPix Kids - by Duck Duck Moose

Photo app lets students share learning by making anything talk

Bottom line: With its playful premise and ease of use, ChatterPix can be a go-to creative app for elementary school classrooms.

Coach's Eye - Video Analysis

Robust video analysis for sports, science, fine arts performances

Bottom line: Cool video-analysis tool is great for the sports field and beyond, but prepare for an onslaught of hidden costs to access all features.

Photo Grid - Collage Maker

A few navigation flaws, but a fun way for kids to get creative

Bottom line: Flexible tool with some frustrating but harmless navigation issues.

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.

Pixlr - Photo Collages, Effects, Overlays, Filters

Easy photo-editing tool sparks creativity, teaches basic art techniques

Bottom line: Experimenting with the tool's open-ended features involves kids in the creative process.

Canva - Photo Editor & Design

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

Bottom line: A flexible, accessible way to get kids -- especially design novices -- creating digitally in your classroom if you have stable internet and time to get students set up to be successful.

Photo Editor by Aviary

Cool creative tools for shutterbug teens

Bottom line: It's a good tool for teens interested in creating digital images and developing apps.

Adobe Photoshop Express

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.

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.

Fotobabble

Talking photo-maker a powerful storytelling tool; not so private

Bottom line: Powerful media-creation tool makes "talking photos" that can creatively support teens' learning goals.

iPhoto

Easily and elegantly edit, organize, and share photos on mobile devices

Bottom line: A great way to edit, organize, and publish photos in the iOS ecosystem.

Sumopaint

Impressive, easy-to-use tool for creating and editing images

Bottom line: Sumopaint can spark students’ creativity, encourage them to be artistic, and provide them with new, image-related tech skills.

Instagram

Stellar photo app promotes sharing, creativity but has risks

Bottom line: An absorbing, endless gallery of images that's fun to browse but tricky for classroom use due to privacy and content concerns.

Clips

Create and share videos with cool effects, tons of language options

Bottom line: This slick video creation app is fun, empowering, and accessible in lots of languages, but be careful with sharing.

PicCollage - Photo Collage Maker & Picture 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

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.

ArtStudio - Draw, Paint and Edit Photo

Easy, amazing art with high-quality lessons, creation, and sharing

Bottom line: ArtStudio provides exciting digital tools and helpful information for high school artists.

PicsArt - Photo Studio

Top-notch photography app crams in professional functionality

Bottom line: PicsArts – Photo Studio offers teens and adults extensive, flexible, real-world functionality in a tight mobile package.

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