Skitch is an app that helps users communicate visually. Kids can learn to communicate effectively and concisely with the help of Skitch's annotation tools. Using text or shapes to highlight or take notes, they can save annotated screens to access from multiple devices or share with others using social media, email, or text for collaboration.
In Skitch, kids can add shapes or text to a photo or write a note by hand on a blank screen. Kids can highlight or annotate maps powered by Google Maps. They can also mark up a screenshot of a website. Kids can pixilate parts of photos for privacy. Skitch users need an Evernote account to save their skitches and can share them by email via the Skitch app or by text and social media via the Evernote app or website. Skitch creations can be accessed on any mobile device or the Web from the user's Evernote account.
While Skitch was designed as a productivity app, it’s a great tool for education. The ease of sharing images and marking them with text or shapes makes collaboration and communication easier for kids. They can communicate with groups or partners on projects or annotate websites for studying or research. Work they begin at school can be easily accessed at home, either on the Internet or via a mobile device.
Kids and teachers should have Evernote accounts set up before installing Skitch in order to save their creations. Using it as an image editor, kids may find the few controls limiting –- they can only add shapes, text, or highlighting, or pixilate images. The real value, however, is that it adds a much-needed feature to Evernote. The ability to annotate images, maps, and screenshots and save handwritten notes expands Evernote's capabilities as a productivity tool.
For classroom use, you may want to focus on the tool's annotation or note-taking capabilities, especially if your school uses tablets. Students can easily use a stylus to take handwritten notes, which then sync to their Evernote accounts. They can also mark up screenshots of websites and maps, which could support research or projects in language arts or social studies classes.