Skitch

Common Sense Media says

Evernote add-on lets teens annotate and share images.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Skitch is remarkably easy to use with a few simple but powerful tools.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Skitch notes in the user agreement that compliance with COPPA requires diligence by the teachers or parents using the productivity app with kids. Teens can share their Skitch creations via email, text, or social media when used in conjunction with the Evernote app or website. Skitch creations are private by default, but kids can choose to make them public.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Skitch is an extension of the note-sharing app Evernote and makes it easy to annotate and share images like maps, web pages, photos, or original sketches. Users can also create handwritten notes (most easily with a stylus on a tablet). Though Skitch has no objectionable content, kids can share anything with it. Parents and kids should talk about cautious sharing.

What kids can learn

Skills

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • multiple forms of expression

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids will like the features, which allow for annotating with shapes and text in bright colors. The simple interface makes it easy to share creations with friends, family, and teachers.

Learning Approach

With the ability to take notes by hand and annotate images and text, visual learners should respond well to Skitch's style. Getting to draw all over images and Web pages should be pretty empowering to kids as well.

Support

Video tutorials show some uses of Skitch, and kids will quickly figure out many more ways to implement the tool, which is very easy to use.

What kids can learn

Skills

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • multiple forms of expression

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn to communicate effectively and concisely with the help of Skitch's annotation tools. They can use text or shapes to highlight or take notes, and then save it to access from multiple devices or to share with others using social media, email, or text for collaboration. Skitch makes it easy to annotate images and screenshots, take handwritten notes, and organize it all with Evernote.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

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.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

With so many uses for Skitch, teachers are increasingly using it in the classroom, and kids may encounter it there. Its simple tools are easy to use, and since it's powered by Evernote, skitches can be saved and accessed across multiple devices and the web. As an image editor, kids may find the few controls limiting -- they can only add shapes, text, 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Make sure your kids understand how to use Skitch appropriately and can responsibly handle sharing photos and personal information. Check out our tips for teens and parents on digital citizenship.

  • Ask kids how they use Skitch at school or with friends.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free, Paid
Subscription price:Premium accounts start at $45/year
Release date:March 5, 2013
Category:Productivity
Size:16.60 MB
Publisher:Evernote
Version:2.0.5
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.0 and up

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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