Skitch

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Evernote add-on lets teens annotate and share images.

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Educational Value

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.

Ease of Play

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

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What 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.

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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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Skills: Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression
    Tech Skills: using and applying technology
    Self-Direction: working efficiently
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free
  • 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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