I have been recently using different apps with the aim of trying to become more paperless, from this I started using Skitch, Skitch is an app that has been around for a while, it’s available for Computers, Macs, iPads and even the Android Market. The app is made by Evernote and it tries to sort out information as easy as possible. It is easy for a user to capture screenshots, gallery pictures or take pictures in the app and then annotate them.
Skitch goes out of its way to keep things simple and coherent. It launches very quickly, and has a vertical toolbar with a scant seven tools, each with a large, clear icon. These are traditional image annotation tools: An arrow for pointing things out, a text tool, a colour picker with a limited palette of just eight colours, a rectangle you can surround objects with, a highlighter, a “pixelizer” for blurring out details, and a crop tool. With this app, students can sketch ideas, mark-up photos, make diagrams, create/label maps, and even annotate text.
The Skitch app, which is very user-friendly, enables students to snap their own photos or upload images/screenshots from the web. Before jumping into digital texts, I spent some time introducing the students to the app itself. We practised taking photos using the camera and practised using all the tools. We talked about appropriate tools for specific tasks and how not every tool will work for every assignment.
- Create diagrams (e.g., parts of a flower, stages of a life cycle, planets in a solar system, layers of the rainforest, etc.)
- Create a map of your classroom/school
- Create a treasure map using all the features of a map (i.e., key, scale, symbols, routes, geographical features, etc.)
- Label of blank map of the continents or a map of the country
- Take a screenshot of non-fiction articles or snap
a photo of text from a newspaper, magazine, or book to annotate for active reading
- Take a photo of student writing to mark-up (i.e., label parts of a paragraph, highlight writing conventions, locate text-based evidence, etc.) — great for self-assessment!
- Label fiction story elements
- Label non-fiction text features (see my lesson above)
- Highlight key words that show non-fiction text structure
Speaking and Listening:
- Capture examples and make content vocabulary come to life (snap pictures, sketch, label, etc.)
- Deconstructing word problems (snap a photo & mark it up!)
- Showing work for constructed response maths questions (you can use Skitch as a whiteboard)
If you’re interested and would like to learn more about Skitch look at:
Also, if you would like to learn more about educational technology I would recommend you look at: https://www.naace.co.uk/
Thanks for reading!