App News: Paper by FiftyThree Tools are now FREE!

When I woke up this morning and checked my emails, I did not expect to see this:

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We have some great news to share with you: Starting today, the Draw, Sketch, Outline, Write, Color, and Mixer tools in Paper are available for free for everyone.

I’ve always thought Paper was a fantastic app. Since its launch, it has won many awards for its concept and design, including the coveted Apple App of the Year 2012. Basically, it’s a digital pad of paper where the user can sketch, scribble notes or plan an idea in a very intuitive way. What makes Paper so great, is that the user doesn’t necessarily need to have exceptional drawing skills to use it: it’s more about just being creative and acting as a canvas to capture ideas.

Despite this I’ve always struggled to recommend it, particularly to learners, for one main reason: the cost. Whilst the app itself has always been free to download, the tools available to the user were very limited. If for example they wanted to add colour to their creations (and who wouldn’t?!) they would have to purchase additional tools, either individually or as a bundle costing £4.99 through In-App Purchases. I feel that this was a potential barrier for some learners or their parents/carers and that to warrant the cost the app would have to be applicable across the whole curriculum, have a major benefit in terms of learning and be streets ahead of the competition or even the traditional, analogue method.

Now that Paper has removed this barrier by making all of the tools free, it is finally time to recommend the app! In fact, the team at Paper have been on a bit of a roll lately, introducing a feature called Mix:

Mix by FiftyThree / Create Together from FiftyThree on Vimeo.

This has the potential to be a fantastic tool for use in education. The Paper team have even recognised that by creating a page dedicated to learning featuring some ideas and templates.

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Many teachers and students already use Paper to give lessons and take notes, so we’re excited for the opportunity to further learning in classrooms. After all, the right tools can open up a world of creative possibilities.

Now it’s time to get learners on board and see what kind of amazing things we can create!

IMG_0822Paper by FiftyThree by FiftyThree, Inc. is available for free on the App Store.

*all prices and links correct at the time of publication and are subject to change

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