For our most recent cycle of learning centers, I decided to teach the students how to use Skitch – Snap. Mark Up. Send. It’s a very versatile app from Evernote; I was first introduced to it during a technology conference I attended this summer. Recently, I was reminded of it, and I decided that my students would use the photo labeling aspect of Skitch. So on the first day, I had the kids find hidden pictures using the Highlights Hidden Countdown™–Duo app. They saved their work to the Camera Roll on the iPad®. Then on the second day, they used Skitch to import the pictures they had saved on the Camera Roll and to label the hidden items in their pictures. The second day, they used Skitch to label the parts of a physical map.
The third day, they labeled the continents and oceans on a world map.
Each time they finished labeling a photo, they simply emailed it to me with their name or student number in the subject line. I wrote a reminder on the whiteboard: “Please don’t forget your name or # in the subject line!” One student who wasn’t paying attention, raised his hand and asked, “What does that sign (#) mean?” Another student quickly answered, “Oh, that’s just a hashtag!” I get a kick out of how techie my third graders are! Many students really enjoyed this activity so much that they went on to label different photos during their free time using the iPads. So this app was definitely a success for our class.
Have you used Skitch before? (The possibilities seem endless!) I’d love to know how you have used it with your students.