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iPad App Review: Pages

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App Name: Pages

Cost:  $9.99   

What does it promise?  Apple touts this app as, “The most beautiful word processor ever designed for a mobile device.” It claims to be a legit competitor to desktop software in terms of both ease of use and the ability to create and edit Word documents.

Does it deliver?  And then some. After five minutes of use, Pages proved that it was worth far more than the $9.99 price tag. The typing is super-responsive, and while auto-correct has often been maligned, it is very intuitive and handy here.

One of the more clumsy aspects of working in Word is the insertion and manipulation of images. Getting text to wrap correctly and trying to move the image fluidly can put nerves to the test. In Pages, users simply tap and drag an image to move it. The text automatically wraps in real time so the user can see the impact of his or her actions.

Some of the commands take a minute to get used to, but that’s to be expected with any new software. Changing fonts, sizes, margins, etc. quickly becomes second nature. Also, Apple’s boast of the app being 100 percent Word-friendly is spot on.

Can I use it in my classroom?  Whether it’s used by students creating documents, or teachers reviewing them, Pages is perfect. This app is handy for just about anything you’d use Word for, and is recommended as a replacement.

All apps can be found in the iPad apps store under education.

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Explore the use of the iPad App Store in the classroom.
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See other product reviews in our Tech in the Classroom archive.


Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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