Skitch Is Cool!
Imagine what you could do with a tool that made it incredibly easy to take a screengrab, resize it, and then add comments, shading, lines and arrows… Imagine the potential for the classroom. Imagine how easy it would be to grab an essay and make corrections on screen for the benefit of the class… or annotate a formula, a picture, a recipe, a map, a… whatever you wish! Well, imagine no more. The tool is here, and it’s called Skitch. I, of course, used it to turn myself into a pirate!
It comes from plasq, the talented people who came up with ComicLife, and hides its power under an easy to use frontend. It comes complete with an online sharing and commenting site which allows for easy sharing of your notes/ideas, and has great commenting facilities built in.
If you want to get an idea of the power of Skitch, I highly recommend watching the video demo which you can see HERE.
The only downside to Skitch at the moment is that it is a Beta and Mac only at the moment… the good news is, that I’ve got a couple of invites available if you’d like to try it yourself. First two Mac users to comment get the invites!
As an aside… the Skitch demo movie uses an online tool called Viddler which I hadn’t been aware of before. It allows inline commenting of videos and is really easy to use… again, the classroom potential is immense (I had a quick go to try it out…). I’d love to see what my pupils could use these tools for!
Anyway, go and play… it is the vacation after all!