I really love Skitch. So much so that I have it (and use it) on my Macbook and my IPad. It’s a product of Evernote – – another tool that other people just go crazy for. Skitch is essentially an annotation program. It allows you to add text, diagrams and other notations to any blank document, map or picture from your computer or the web. It has amazing instructional potential for teachers.
One of my favorite things to do with Skitch is to do graphic directions. Providing step by step instructions on something is good, but pairing that with visuals is even better. With the IPad, you can instantly take a snapshot with Skitch and start annotating it.
I’ve seen students use Skitch consistently in math and science; taking pictures of something and then using Skitch to apply their knowledge of the concepts learned. One teacher practicing graphing has the students take a picture of graph paper, draw their graph while showing the work and then email their work directly the teacher. In science, young students took pictures of their little seedling and used Skitch to label the parts. Basically anything that involved labeling is a cinch with Skitch.
I love that, from within Skitch, you can go out to the web and take a snapshot of anything. I think this could potentially be great reading activity: take a snapshot of some text, highlight the main idea, underline key words, etc. There are so many possibilities to use Skitch in the classroom. I recommend you download it, play around with the features and immediately start thinking of ways to use it to make your life easier.