A. Instruction - 6.9
B. Design - 8.9
C. Engagement - 9.3
Textilus: A "Freemium" App for Word Processing
Summary : A Great App for Documents, If the You’re Willing to Pay the Price
Textilus is a word-processing app that allows users to create documents, save them in a variety of formats (e.g., RTF, PDF, EPUB, TXT, .RTFD, PNG, and HTML), open them in other apps, email them, and export to cloud storage spaces (e.g., Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Drive). To create content, users must tap the “+” button on the top left of the main screen and then choose if they wish to create a document, Ink Note, folder, or import a document from iTunes, Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box. Once selected, users are able to add text, images, and drawings to their document. When ready, users can save the document to Textilus, a cloud, or another app.
Please note: Textilus limits users significantly regarding the amount of documents they can create and how they can save in the free edition. Textilus requires users to purchase the premium edition to fully engage all of its features.
- If using a daily writing activity as part of their class (e.g., journal entries, exit tickets, or comprehension questions), teachers can have students make a folder in this app and save their work to it. Each day’s worth of work can be saved as a separate document, and students can also email the document to their teacher for grading.
- When writing a report, students can use this app instead of paper and pencil. Because this app allows images and drawings to be included, teachers can require that certain amounts of each are part of their report.
- Students can create pieces of writing for a variety of reasons using this app, and they can save them to their cloud storage space or in another app.
- As an argumentative or persuasive essay topic, teachers can assign students to compare this app to WPS Office, CloudOn, Hanx Writer, and Quick Office. In their essay, students will have to analyze the different apps for their strengths and weaknesses and then choose their favorite app to use. The conclusion of their essay should defend why they picked the app they did. Teachers can add a twist by requiring students to write their essay using the app that they selected.
|A2. 21st Century Skills|
|A3. Conn. to Future Learning|
|A4. Value of Errors|
|A5. Feedback to Teacher|
|A6. Level of Material|
|A7. Cooperative Learning|
|A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.|
|B1. Ability to Save Progress|
|B2. Platform Integration|
|B3. Screen Design|
|B4. Ease of Use|
|B6. Goal Orientation|
|B7. Information Presentation|
|B8. Media Integration|
|B9. Cultural Sensitivity|
|C1. Learner Control|