By Sonali Morris
It’s hard to resist a photo booth — especially when it’s loaded onto an iPad. Your Hipstamatic-hooked senior will love capturing candids of friends on photo strips. Sequential shots with a three-second countdown between frames ensures hysterical poses that are sure to be remembered.
Bottom line: A fun photo finish for future actors who like to mug for the camera.
Note-taking apps abound, but this one has the staying power of indelible ink. At graduation parties, seniors can share a stylus to pen heartfelt sentiments, yearbook-style. For college, the app transforms into a classroom powerhouse enabling users to take notes, record lectures, and draw pictures.
Bottom line: A little app that puts the "fun" into functionality, big time.
Tired of nagging grads to pen timely thank you notes? Let them tap out their gratitude. In a few simple steps, kids can create stunning eCards and share them with gift-givers. An added bonus: Teens can snap pictures and send postcards — a great way to keep in touch with Mom and Dad while traveling.
Bottom line: If there’s much hand-wringing over handwritten notes, this is a terrific high-tech alternative.
For seniors short on time but long on activities, Momento is a powerful way to capture memories quickly. It’s a daily diary that aggregates social media activity, so years from now kids can look back and see everything they did on a specific date.
Bottom line: Indispensable for when your child pens her memoirs.
Free for a limited time.
How cool would it be to give your senior an app from a soon-to-be released blockbuster? With Super 8, the smart folks at Paramount have transformed iPhones into vintage film-making machines. Kids can record new memories but give them an old, Super 8 mm feel. Is this how famous Hollywood directors are now born?
Bottom line: Let’s hope your "Best Picture" winner remembers to thank you in her Oscars acceptance speech.
App is Free
$47.99 for 12-month subscription
Make sure your child’s graduation party rocks by downloading this app. Sure, it's almost $50 a year (A great graduation gift!), but Slacker Radio provides instant access to millions of songs from thousands of artists. Slacker streams on-demand content, builds personalized playlists, and caches music for easy listening without a network connection.
Bottom line: It won’t rock your child into being the next Amadeus, but it’s a noteworthy attempt.
There are oodles of great photo apps out there, but here’s a new one that turns mediocre photos into filtered works of art. Snap a pic, select an effect, share the result — it’s that easy. Graduates will love customizing memories and sending images to friends.
Bottom line: A great tool for snap-happy graduates, and just may inspire a future photographer.