Skitch Directions

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  1. Create diagrams (e.g. parts of a flower, stages of a life cycle, planets in a solar system, layers of the rainforest)

  2. Create a map of your classroom/school

  3. Create a treasure map using all the features of a map (i.e., key, scale, symbols, routes, geographical features)

  4. Label of blank map of the continents or a map of the country

Text Annotating: 

  1. Take a screenshot of non-fiction articles (e.g., Scholastic News, Time for Kids) or snap a photo of text from a newspaper, magazine, or book to annotate for active reading (e.g., thinking tracks, text coding, close reading annotations, etc.)

  2. Take a photo of student writing to mark-up (i.e., label parts of a paragraph, highlight writing conventions, locate text-based evidence) — great for self-assessment!

  3. Label fiction story elements

  4. Label non-fiction text features

  5. Highlight key words that show non-fiction text structure


  1. Capture examples and make content vocabulary come to life (snap pictures, sketch, label)

  2. Use with your ESL students for building English vocabulary


  1. Deconstructing word problems (snap a photo & mark it up!)

  2. Showing work for constructed response math questions (you can use Skitch as a whiteboard)


  1. To create a tutorial.


Trouble Shooting

If you are having any problems, one of the first things to do is make sure you have the most recent version of Skitch.

If the app is crashing:

1 First try closing all open apps (including Skitch). The iPad has a limited amount of working memory and if there are too many processes going on in the background, it can reach its limit.

2 If this does not help, you should try to restart your iPad.

Classroom Examples

Click here to open an iBook with lots of classroom ideas for Skitch.

                                                                    Naming body parts.

Highlighting media techniques

                                                                                        Students captured screenshots of

                                                                                        glacial landforms they had learned

                                                                                        about, annotated them with Skitch

                                                                                        and then shared their understanding

                                                                                        using AirPlay.

                                                                            Creating a tutorial.


                                                    Label the 5 senses.

                                                               Label parts of a text.

The students created the shapes with the Think 3D free app. They then used skitch to add the arrows and the text. Finally, they used Tellagami to add make a character and add information and their thoughts about the 3D shape.

Here the app Skitch is used to explain how the app SkyView Free works.

Figure made with MoMa Art Lab.

Skitch used to label the 2D shapes.