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Skitch: Annotated Images for Vocabulary (Mobile App)

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Computers(s), Internet access, Mobile device(s), WiFi, projector

Activity Description

Use this app to annotate photos for vocabulary presentation and practice. Students can be assigned to take photos or use online images and label vocabulary with text annotations. This app only works on the apple OS or IOS with Iphones and Apple Tablets. It does not work with Android phones, Chromebooks, tablets or Window machines.


  1. Download the app on your or student device(s).
  2. Enable your school’s Wi-Fi on each device not connected to the Internet. Note: This may require a password.
  3. Open the app. 
  4. Select a topic that fits with your teaching objectives. Assign students to take photos outside of class, as desired.


  1. Open the app. Show students the short on-screen tutorial or demonstrate the app for students.
  2. Select Get Started or if Get Started no longer comes up, go directly to Step 3.
  3. Choose OK if your device requests access to your camera and to give the app access to the photos on the device.
  4. Show students how to annotate a photo from the camera roll by selecting it. To have them take a photo, have them select camera. You may also annotate a map (select map and enter an address), a Web site (search for a site or enter a URL [Web address]), or a PDF file. Additionally, you can draw on a blank page. The options are on the navigation area at the bottom.
  5. Touch the on-screen tools on the right to add emojis, arrows, boxes, lines, text, pixilation, and drawings.
  6. Use the color dot on the left to change colors.
  7. When annotations are complete, select Done.
  8. Add a caption by selecting Caption (top right).
  9. Sharing options will be displayed (e-mail, message, on social network sites, etc.). Because the app is owned by Evernote, you can also choose to save and share the annotated photo as an Evernote link. The Skitch annotation will be sent as a .JPG (image) file.
  10. The images can be used alone or inserted in an individual or class slideshow or news magazine / document.
  11. As a follow-up, students can make oral presentations in front of the class or in small groups to present their Skitch annotated images. For intermediate – advanced students, require that they use descriptive sentences (e.g., "This is my kitchen." "The walls are yellow." "On the right is my new refrigerator. It has a built-in ice maker. The freezer is on the bottom.", etc.).

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  • Teachers can use the app to teach target vocabulary.
  • Students can be assigned to take pictures at their workplaces (as permitted) and label the equipment they use.
  • Students can label a map and write directions (e.g., from their homes to school or from the school to the bus stop, etc.).


  • Beginning Literacy
  • Beginning Low
  • Beginning High
  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced
  • All Levels


Basic Communication

  • (0.1) Communicate in interpersonal interactions
  • (0.2) Communicate regarding personal information

Basic Communication

  • (7.4) Demonstrate study skills
  • (7.1) Identify or demonstrate effective skills and practices in accomplishing goals

Mobile Device


  • iPhone
  • iPad

Apple Store

Developer Site


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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.