Teacher Review For Skitch

Skitch allows annotation and drawing to label an image

Lisa B.
Classroom teacher
Hershey Middle School
Hershey, PA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Individual
Practice
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
General
Low literacy
How I Use It
Skitch can have creative uses. I've seen kindergartners students label the pictures; they can easily circle parts of the picture without guidance. Even if they did onto type in a label, they were able to explain their pictures. In some classes, students take a picture of what we do on the interactive whiteboard and than add their own notes on top. Skitch can be a quick image editing tool before using the images in another app like Animoto for videos or Educreations for a tutorial. I personally use Skitch in the same ways as my students. I have created a Bingo board with tasks the students had to complete; the students competed to win blackout first. For bingo, the image had to be posted online for the students to save to their photo roll ahead of time. Skitch is not a stand alone lesson, but with clear task directions, students can demonstrate understanding of the learning goal through the image.
My Take
Skitch is a simple to use free app that works across devices. It can be connected to an Evernote account so images automatically upload. When you first open the app it prompts for user to take a picture, choose a picture, draw on a map, start with a blank screen, or capture from the web. To label the picture you can use arrows, text, tags, highlighters, or shapes. The app also allows you to blur and crop the image. Finished images can be saved to Evernote, emailed, or added to the Camera Roll. All the Evernote products have useful help sections and an active user community that also offers help. The students are able to figure it out on their own; the features are practical. It is slightly more challenging on a smaller smartphone screen, but the students can manage.