Paper by FiftyThree

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There is no such thing as someone who is not artistic when using this app. In fact, this is the type of app that makes you want to go out and buy a tablet computer. Whether you have a creative lesson planned, or just need a place to take notes, your class will find joy in using this app. 

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App Overview

Whether you use Paper by FiftyThree to draw pictures, or just take notes, you will find creativity creeping in. 

The interface is very straightforward. Notes are organized into journals. The user can create many different journals, each with different titles and covers. 


  • Draw, sketch, outline, write, color, highlight using different pens
  • Navigate between pages and journals with finger swipes and pinching gestures
  • Relocate specific pages between or within journals
  • Duplicate pages or journals
  • Create your own custom palette of colors 
  • Select from a number of pre-made palettes
  • Zoom in on a section of your work to add detail
  • Use two finger swipe to undo a mistake

Share Pages:

  • Tumblr
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Camera roll
  • E-mail (as a PDF)

Share Whole Journals:

  • With other apps (iBooks, Note taking apps, etc.)
  • E-mail (as a PDF)

Now for the bad news, this app has a number of in-app purchases, including different writing instruments and the mixer for mixing color. While the basic app is free, these additional purchases can add up. 


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Instructional Ideas

You are only limited by your imagination with this app.  

  • Have young geometers make a drawing using different triangles (labeling acute, obtuse, and right angles), and quadrilaterals  
  • Draw new cover art (or a dust jacket) for a book you are studying
  • Practice spelling lists by writing out your words in beautifully embellished text
  • Have budding botanists draw and identify parts of a plant
Classroom Considerations
  • The app has a number of in-app purchases. including different writing instruments and the mixer for mixing color 
  • Currently there is no support for templates or different backgrounds. Varying backgrounds would help for things like accurate graphing
  • One can use his/her finger to easily write on Paper FiftyThree, however, a stylus makes writing more natural and easy to control