#12brightapps Day 1: Skitch by Evernote

Welcome to your first day #12brightapps and your first app!

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What is it? skitch

Skitch is an app created by Evernote which allows you to edit and annotate any image or screenshot and share this through email or social media.

What can it do?

Skitch can be used on PC, tablet or phone. You can use it to:

  • Annotate images, screenshots or maps
  • Blur out faces or confidential information
  • Share ideas and give feedback.

Download it now

  1. Open the App Store or Google Play Store on your phone or tablet, search for ‘Skitch’ and download.
  2. Launch Skitch
  3. Get started! (no need to log in)

10 Minute Task:

This task is aimed at showing you how easy it is to annotate any picture or diagram:

Save the following image to your camera roll (press and hold on the image to “save the image”):

Big Xmas tree



Open Skitch and under the ‘photos’ tab, select the image that you just saved.

Use the icons on the right hand side and the colours on the left to annotate the tree with different parts and decorations. Some of the things you can do are:

1. Click on the arrow icon to draw an arrow


2. Click on the ‘a’ icon to write some text next to your arrow


3. Click on the shapes to circle parts of your diagram


You can now share your diagram on social media, via message or in an email or simply save it to your camera roll by clicking ‘share’ in the top right and using the tabs along the bottom.


An everyday example of how this might be useful:

A student approaches you as they are unsure of how to upload assignments to Turn It In. You can use Skitch to screenshot the pages they need and annotate this with an explanation of how to upload.

And Finally…

What do they sing at a snowman’s birthday party?

Freeze a jolly good fellow

Discussion Board

How can Skitch be used as a collaborative tool within education?

Further Task(s)

Using Skitch to give directions:

Go on the maps tag and search for a location, click ‘snap’ in the top right hand corner and this will allow you to edit it in the same way as before. Use the highlight tool to draw the directions from one place to another, you can add arrows and text to give further instructions, then share or save as you did before.


Annotating PDFs For £1.49 you can get an In-App purchase called Skitch PDF Markup. This can be used to annotate PDFs and can be useful for giving feedback. If you want to get this, go Skitch on the app store and click on ‘in-app purchases’.

  • Go to your web browser and find a PDF or use this one: www.worldanimalfoundation.net/f/reindeer.pdf
  • Click ‘Open in’ and select ‘Copy to Skitch’
  • Use the icons on the right hand side to annotate the PDF
  • you can draw circles or highlight parts of the text, draw arrows and add your own comments. There are also ‘stickers’ which you can use to add ticks.
  • Share your annotations in whatever way you like

Useful resources


Here are some useful links on using Skitch:

Using Skitch on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch: https://evernote.com/skitch/guide/ios/

Using Skitch on Android: https://evernote.com/skitch/guide/android/