While recently looking for various emerging technologies that I can apply to my day-to-day teaching I have had other teachers using Evernote in their classrooms, but I wanted to explore Skitch by Evernote and see what capabilities it had compared to its mother application. Since I teach design classes with visual assignments, this application seemed to be an appropriate fit to my needs.
After playing around with this application both on my computer as well as on my iPad and on my iPhone I reviewed it based on some criteria:
- Usability – I am not a novice to many of these applications, even so I found it to be very user-friendly and easy to import existing students projects into the applications and draw notes and write comments to the students on suggestions on how to improve their projects. There are various ways to share the finalized image straight from the application to social media sites if needed. Due to the simplicity of the application it appeals to both novice as well as experienced users.
- Navigation – the touch screen navigation on the iPad and iPhone was very user-friendly to click and draw. On the computer application, it was also very simple to choose the tool, the colors and type in comments where it was needed.
- Reliability – While using this application I did not have any errors occur and most applications have regular updates that come to you via notifications so you have the latest versions where bugs and glitches are fixed.
- Support – There are various tutorials on the Evernote site that walks you through how to use this app on multiple devices.
- Cost – this application is both free through the application’s website as well as through the App Store on the Macintosh for all devices. However these costs have been known to change based upon popularity.
I was able to import various yearbook pages into this application and type up notes and needed correction to my students. From there I was able to save these corrections and email them straight from my computer.