SnapType

App review by
Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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No-frills annotation app packs a huge impact.

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Educational Value

Designed for a very clear and focused objective: allowing kids to type or draw (with in-app purchase) on a picture of printed material and documentation. This empowerment provides an incredible value for struggling writers. While there's no educational content within the app itself, it offers an important bridge to learning from other materials.

Ease of Play

Because of its simple design, this tool is easy to learn and easy to use for even younger users.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SnapType is an empowering tool for annotating digitally over printed material. Designed with the intention to bridge the gap for struggling writers, this app is a no-frills annotation tool that offers limited text and color options but focuses instead on easy click-and-type actions. Languages available include English, Dutch, and Spanish. The free version does not include drawing capabilities, and kids can only save up to three documents at a time. With a $4.99 in-app purchase, users can upgrade to access those features. Note: No privacy policy was available at the time of review.

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What's it about?

Kids tap "New Documents" to pick an image from the camera or photo library when they start using SNAPTYPE. On the next screen, kids can click anywhere to add text with the on-screen keyboard. Depending on their device, they can also utilize the text-to-speech features. When finished, kids click on the outside of their text box to create a new text box, save, or share their document. Within the edit screen, users can adjust the color and size of their text or move text boxes to various parts of their document. They can then share their newly edited document as an image, PDF, or SnapType document.

Is it any good?

This tool was designed as a one-stop shop for annotating printed materials on a device, and it hits its mark. Although the platform is simple and gives users limited options for adjusting font or colors, it is incredibly easy to use, is user-friendly, and does exactly what it says it will. Kids can tap to add a text box, adjust the size using the slider at the top, and share their document quickly and seamlessly. For kids with visual-spatial challenges or who struggle to write clearly and efficiently, SnapType might be a game changer, especially when paired with a device's text-to-speech feature. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about ways to organize notes by downloading or creating various thinking maps or graphic organizers and uploading them to SnapType. Kids can plan out their responses to stories, timelines, processes, and so on by using and reusing these images.

  • Talk about the ways technology can help with learning. Are there other apps that might be helpful?

App details

For kids who love writing and homework-help apps

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