What parents need to know
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
- working efficiently
- conveying messages effectively
- multiple forms of expression
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire|
|Pricing structure:||Free, Paid|
|Subscription price:||Premium accounts start at $45/year|
|Release date:||March 5, 2013|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.0 and up|