Therefore, it probably comes as no surprise that I also enjoy incorporating sticky notes into lessons I teach at school. One of my favorite ways to use sticky notes with students has been to facilitate students' interaction with a text -- by taking notes / annotating what they read, and then sticking the notes to the text (or textbook) for easy reference at a later time.
This practice makes for quick note checks (did you get 5 notes on that topic?), formative assessments (turn in your most important note on this topic), reorganization of ideas (try flip-flopping your 2nd and 3rd sticky notes), recording collective brainstorming (write what you already know about this topic and stick it on the board), etc... (for more innovative and impressive uses of sticky notes in the classroom, check out this Edutopia blog post by Ben Johnson: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/sticky-note-teaching-tool-ben-johnson).
But, I have come across a few important limitations with sticky notes in the classroom --
- sticky notes eventually loose their sticky-ness
- sticky notes can be a great record of learning, but are difficult to share with those outside of our classroom
So, I did some checking and soon discovered...there's an app for that! (actually there are several great annotation apps out there!)
Skitch happens to be my favorite iPad annotation app to use with students because it is very easy to pick up and use and is also very easy to share and save.
Students select the background image they would like to annotate. They can use a photo, map, blank screen, or capture an image from the web.
Students use the annotation tools (arrow, text, shapes, highlighter/marker, pen color, blur, crop) to take notes and annotate the text or photo to show thoughts, ideas, questions and / or connections.
|From: Great Source ACCESS History - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|From: National Geographic Explorer, Pioneer Edition. January, 2013|
Students save their annotation, either to the iPad to to their Evernote account.
Students share their annotation:
- create a public link (post on blog, class website, Twitter, Facebook, etc)
- via AirPlay (project and display)
- send in an email (classmates, family, friends, teachers, etc)
- save to the iPad's camera roll
Skitch provides students with a meaningful way to annotate and interact with a photo or text, while also providing options for both saving and sharing the annotations on a grander scale. Sorry, sticky notes....Skitch's got you beat this time!
How do you use Skitch with students? Do you use a different annotation app? Leave your ideas in the comments section!
My next app-y goal: use HaikuDeck with students as a medium for sharing their learning...looking forward to trying it out!