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Best Photography and Photo-Editing Apps for Students

These photography apps, games, and websites cover kids' photo-taking and -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.

ChatterPix Kids - by Duck Duck Moose Publisher: Duck Duck Moose
Photo app lets students share learning by making anything talk
Grades K-7
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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ToonCamera Publisher: Code Organa
Photo- and video-editing tool captures the world with a cartoon lens
Grades 1-12
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Coach's Eye - Video Analysis Publisher: TechSmith Corporation
Robust video analysis for sports, science, fine arts performances
Grades 2-12
Type App
Price Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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Photo Grid - Collage Maker Publisher: Roid App
A few navigation flaws, but a fun way for kids to get creative
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Pixlr Express Publisher: Autodesk Inc.
Easy photo-editing tool sparks creativity, teaches basic art techniques
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Chrome, Mac Apps
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Paper Camera Publisher: JFDP Labs
Ultra-hip photo effects with slightly unintuitive interface
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price $.99-$1.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
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Photo Editor by Aviary Publisher: Aviary
Cool creative tools for shutterbug teens
Grades 6-10
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Apps for Windows
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Adobe Photoshop Express Publisher: Adobe
Top-notch photo editor helps perfect pics for creative projects
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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Adobe Photoshop Mix - Cut out, combine, create Publisher: Adobe
Impressive photo-editing app focuses on compositing, blending imagery
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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Faking It Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
What did we do before PhotoShop? How pre-digital images were altered
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
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Fotobabble Publisher: Fotobabble, Inc
Talking photo-maker a powerful storytelling tool; not so private
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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iPhoto Publisher: Apple
Easily and elegantly edit, organize, and share photos on mobile devices
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Sumopaint Visit Website: http://www.sumopaint.com/www
Impressive, easy-to-use tool for creating and editing images
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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Google Goggles Publisher: Google
Photographing the world to search the Web a welcome blend
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android
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Instagram Publisher: Instagram, Inc.
Stellar photo app promotes sharing, creativity but has risks
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Windows Phone
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Flipagram Publisher: Cheerful Inc.
Easy-to-use video slide show creator has potential for classroom use
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
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Pic Collage Publisher: Cardinal Blue
Versatile, intuitive, engaging collage maker yields impressive designs
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows, Fire phone
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PicMonkey Photo Editor Publisher: PicMonkey
Reliable photo editor built for design and social sharing
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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ArtStudio - Draw, Paint and Edit Photo Publisher: Lucky Clan
Easy, amazing art with high-quality lessons, creation, and sharing
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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PicsArt - Photo Studio Publisher: PicsArt
Top-notch photography app crams in professional functionality
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
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