EdTech Spotlight: Pages for Mac and iOS

By Monica Burns 02.21.2016 blog
EdTech Trend: BYOD

Pages, available on iOS computers and devices, is a powerful publishing and word processing tool for teachers and students. While Pages offers students and teachers access to common word processing functions as seen in Google Docs and Microsoft Word, there are some notable differences. Many Pages users, like myself, are converts from Microsoft Word.

Pages gives users the usual tools, such as font and formatting options. But when it comes to tables, charts and media, Pages offers more than a dozen customizable templates for tables. Users can also drag their tables across the page to find the perfect layout position. The same is true for charts that give users two-dimensional, three-dimensional and interactive options that allow users to create a chart that can be manipulated by readers of their work. Users can also add text boxes and shapes to their page making it easy to create content with features like captions and sidebars.

The iOS app and Mac interface let users choose from a variety of templates when they open up the tool. This includes report layouts, sample letters, resumes, flyers, posters and certificates. One of my favorite layout options is the newsletter. Teachers and students have five newsletter templates to choose from in Mac version of Pages. These templates can be used for all sorts of informational writing, from a current events recap to a feature article assignment.

In addition template options and traditional word processing features, Pages makes it easy for students and teachers to add comments. Teachers can add comments on student work, or students can provide feedback on the work of their peers. If your students are in an iOS or Apple friendly ecosystem, Pages allows users to share their work to the Cloud or AirDrop their documents.

Pages has become a go-to word processing tool because of its user-friendly interface, especially when publishing from a smartphone or tablet. The iOS apps let students and teachers add items and customize their creations with just a few taps on the screen.

Have you used Pages in your classroom? Share your experiences in the comments below!

Monica Burns is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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  1. Vanesa

    I do not think that it is the next big thing because many schools already have computers or chrome books and do not need the pages it would just cost more money then the schools probably have.

  2. Hailey Constantineau

    Pages is not the next big thing beacause it does all the same things of all the other presentation programs.

  3. Hailey Constantineau

    We already have google slides and prezzi for this why use another program and use more money for this.

  4. Fabiana

    I do not think it is the next big thing because we already have apps so it’s just a waste of money!

  5. Isabel

    I do not think that Pages is the next big thing because we all ready have apps for that so it would be a wast of money.

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