Skitch is a great visual teaching tool. It’s a free download for Mac users that allows you to upload a photo or take a screen shot of an image on your computer and draw or type on it. Skitch is really no different than a simple draw program, but the difference is that it is EASIER and FASTER!
Here’s the proof: I created the Skitch image on the left in exactly 1 minute 58 seconds.
Start by choosing a photo from Flickr, iPhoto or take a screenshot from the Internet. Next, use the tools on the either side of the Skitch screen to draw directly on the image. It is that easy!
I also use Skitch while discussing historical artworks by drawing arrows and labeling different areas of the image I want students to focus their attention on. It’s also a useful tool to quickly “break down” an object in to simple shapes. Check out the example below of how you can use the drawing tools to simplify an image of a bird for younger students to draw.
Got 3 minutes? Watch the Skitch demo below.
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