Teacher Review For Skitch

Explore your community with annoted maps.

Barbara T.
Educational Technology TOSA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I use Skitch primarily with kindergartners. The interface is easy for novice iPad users to get familiar with using a set of tools and selecting options from a menu. At the beginning of the school year, I use the app to do guided drawing lessons with the students. We reinforce the names of shapes and colors, counting out three circles, or two squares. When the students are learning about their community, we use the Draw on Map function in Skitch to annotate a map. With a few taps, Skitch will zoom in and find your location on a map. The snap button will lock the map. The tools allow students to draw on the map with arrows, shapes, and circles, marking the location of our school, streets, local businesses, landmarks, and parks. Location services must be enabled for this to work. It is helpful to show students how to find the tools and allow them to freely explore the app before you actually attempt to do a lesson together. The students will have a better understanding of how to use the tools and the undo tool. The default tool is the arrow so it is important to get students in the habit of selecting a tool first then drawing.
My Take
Skitch is a multi-purpose app that allows users to draw and annotate on images, PDFs, and maps. Students can also start with a blank page and create original drawings. Finished projects can be saved to photos. The interface is so simple, that I can use it successfully with kindergarteners. There are eight colors to choose from and the pen size can be adjusted. There is a shape tool for drawing quadrilaterals, circles, ovals, and lines. I don't like that the default tool is the arrow. It would be more logical if the pen tool was the default. There are other apps that do what Skitch does better and with more features, but for K and 1st grade students, I like to use Skitch.