Skitch is a recent addition to the app store from the people at Evernote. It’s been useful in the classroom for creating slides for presentations. Simple for the students to understand, they can start creating right away. You will have to have a completely updated iPad 2 to use this app. It does not have an iPod Touch version, but Evernote is developing that. Skitch will let you import photos from your photo library, take live camera shots, screenshots, webpages, use maps, or create blank slides to annotate. Those buttons are directly on the home screen of the app. This allows you to be very flexible with the slides you can create.
There are a few tools to choose from once you have imported your picture. The finger key allows you to move the image or things you have typed. The pencil key will allow you to draw or write on the picture. The arrow key allows you to swipe and draw arrows across your picture. You can type and use the keyboard with the letter key. You can draw straight lines, circles, or boxes with the shape key. You can also crop your image directly in the app. There is a color key that gives you eight basic colors to choose from. It also serves as the main key for the app if you want to change the color or size, of any of the above functions. There is also simple undo key if you make a mistake, and a trash can if you want to start over.
We took a walk and looked for some of our geometry vocabulary around the school and outside. All we had to do was bring the iPad with us on the walk, and the students could directly annotate and share their ideas…on the spot! The students loved it! There was a student that wanted me to take a picture of a tree branch, so I took the picture. She stated that it was an obtuse angle. Many of the students didn’t see it. She took used the arrow and shape tool, annotated on the spot…there it was! We created a real world example of geometry being all around us. Once the slides are finished, they can be saved to the photo library. This allows us to put them into a Keynote presentation, or make an Animoto movie to share our work.
Apps that allow students to be creative are the ones I like to use with my class. Skitch allows for students to have a voice and be able to share it. A creative teacher should be able to find many uses for Skitch.
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App Reviewed by Jon Samuelson