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Using Skitch to create dynamic presentations

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Evernote is a great application as is. However there are additional add on applications you can use to get even more out of Evernote. To access this, let's go ahead and click on the trunk icon on the left hand side of our Evernote account. Here you can see a variety of applications that are designed to enhance the Evernote experience. One of my absolute favorite applications is at the very bottom. And its called Skitch. Skitch allows us to take a screen capture of anything on our monitor and add graphic interactions on top of it. We can use Skitch to create dynamic PowerPoint slides as well as student handouts and even informational photos for a gallery walk.

Using Skitch to create dynamic presentations

Evernote is a great application as is. However there are additional add on applications you can use to get even more out of Evernote. To access this, let's go ahead and click on the trunk icon on the left hand side of our Evernote account. Here you can see a variety of applications that are designed to enhance the Evernote experience. One of my absolute favorite applications is at the very bottom. And its called Skitch. Skitch allows us to take a screen capture of anything on our monitor and add graphic interactions on top of it. We can use Skitch to create dynamic PowerPoint slides as well as student handouts and even informational photos for a gallery walk.

Let's go ahead and take a look at how we can use Skitch in the classroom. Here I've got Skitch open in my computer. What I'm really viewing at this particular point is inside of Skitch I can see Evernote notes. I have a very particular folder that Skitch created inside of Evernote called Skitch. Anything I place in that folder, I can automatically open up in the Skitch file. In addition, I can choose to add notes directly to Evernote from Skitch. Right now what we're going to do is to create a PowerPoint slide for our students, to allow them to quickly get set up with the learning management system. To do that, I'm going to use a screen capture.

Here in my web browser I have a student sign-up sheet. I would like to give students some information on how they should sign up for this particular learning management system, including what the group code is. To do this I'm going to to go back to Skitch, at the very top I'm going to choose to do a Full Screen Capture. When I clicked Full-Screen, Skitch automatically took a picture of everything behind the Skitch application. So here in Skitch now I have a screenshot of the Edmodo home page with a student sign-up box. What I'd like to do now is add some information for students to know how I'd like them to sign up. The first thing I'm going to do is choose a color.

Let's choose this red color. I think it'll stand out well on the Edmodo site. And I'm going to use this Arrow icon, and I'm just going to click and drag out an arrow. For my students to know where to put their group code. With the red still highlighted, I'm going to come to the text button. I'm going to go ahead and type in the code they need to enter which is xwildu. I can now click away from the text, come back to it, and position it into place. Now that it's positioned into place, I'm starting to realize it's not quite big enough. I want to make sure that students in the back of the room know exactly what code they need to enter into the group code section.

I'm going to click on the the small anchor point next to the text, and I'm just going to make it a little bit bigger. Now that I think it's the size I want, I'm going to go ahead and drag it back into place, so now I have the text that needs to be typed in, with an arrow showing where it goes. Now, furthermore, I don't want my students to put an email address in. This is going to be for a middle school class, and I try really hard to not use email with my middle school students. So over here, I have a variety of stamps that I can use. I'm going to select this one stamp that has the x on it and then I'm going to come over here to where it says e-mail and I'm just going to click to add this x.

Now furthermore, what I'd like to do is have the x point towards e-mail. So, where the plus sign's at, I'm going to click that and that will add a flag pointing towards the e-mail address. And then just to make sure all students on the same page, I'm going to click the text icon and I'm going to go ahead and type in Do not enter. I'd like to highlight a few of the other features inside of Skitch. I have the ability to draw circles, squares, shapes, and even rounded rectangles. So maybe I want to highlight that this is what they're going to fill out. I can go ahead and draw a circle on it and move it into position.

I can go ahead and slide this PowerPoint back down. The way I'm moving the slide around by the way, is I hold down the spacebar and you'll notice my cursor becomes this small little white glove. That then allows me to click and drag around so that I can reposition the page where I'd like it. In addition to drawing circles and shapes, I also can choose a marker. Where I can just free write. So, let's say that I wanted to circle the word welcome. What I can also do is I can choose to blur out items in the slide. I'm going to come down here and click this pixelated icon.

Let's say maybe I don't want watch demo visible to students, so I'm going to go ahead and just drag this box over it, and you'll notice that it blurs out that text. At the very bottom, I have the opportunity to select what part of the slide I want visible. I probably don't need the whole webpage, I really just need students to focus on this section of the slide. So I go ahead and drag these anchor points into position. And then when I think it's right where I want it, I'll go ahead and click the Apply button. So at this point, Skitch has already gone through and created a new note, it has the graphic overlay on top of that note, and it's saved that note inside of Evernote.

I'm goinna go ahead and click on the Evernote icon up in the upper right-hand corner, and you'll notice that in Evernote I now have this new Skitch icon. I can go back to Evernote, export this particular note, and use it in my PowerPoint slides. Or print it out to hand to students as a reference. I hope you you enjoy using Skitch along with Evernote to create dynamic slides for your classroom. There's really endless possibilities of how you can use this with your students, and I encourage you to even get your students using Skitch and Evernote themselves. I hope to see you next week with the next teacher tip.

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  1. 2m 37s
    1. Lesson planner at learner.org
      2m 37s
  2. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Is this course right for me?
      51s
  3. 12m 43s
    1. What is the flipped classroom?
      4m 16s
    2. Building a flipped lesson plan
      4m 22s
    3. Finding resources
      4m 5s
  4. 12m 33s
    1. Using Evernote to organize your classroom
      7m 49s
    2. Using Skitch to create dynamic presentations
      4m 44s
  5. 16m 29s
    1. What is Common Core?
      4m 52s
    2. ELA/Literacy
      6m 41s
    3. Mathematics
      4m 56s
  6. 10m 2s
    1. Using the iPad as a teacher
      6m 18s
    2. Using the iPad with your students
      3m 44s
  7. 20m 47s
    1. Getting started with Edmodo
      8m 5s
    2. Managing your classes
      8m 48s
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      3m 54s
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    1. Prezi: Teaching best practices
      6m 27s
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      7m 54s
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      7m 47s
    2. Dropdox options and workflow
      4m 12s
  12. 17m 46s
    1. Managing student behaviors with ClassDojo
      11m 44s
    2. Control classroom management with an iPad
      6m 2s
  13. 22m 21s
    1. Creating a student-friendly worksheet
      11m 0s
    2. Modifying assignments quickly
      11m 21s
  14. 8m 51s
    1. Podcasting in the classroom
      8m 51s
  15. 11m 5s
    1. Hour of Code
      2m 18s
    2. Kodu
      2m 1s
    3. Writing your first program
      6m 46s
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      8m 20s
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      9m 48s
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      6m 39s
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      10m 14s
  19. 6m 35s
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      2m 53s
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      3m 42s
  20. 4m 19s
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      4m 19s
  21. 10m 55s
    1. Online learning with bContext
      1m 7s
    2. Creating digital videos
      9m 48s
  22. 5m 53s
    1. Free website platforms
      2m 3s
    2. Selecting a website platform
      3m 50s
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    1. Students on the Internet
      3m 55s
    2. Teaching proper Internet use
      6m 57s
  24. 10m 42s
    1. Learning through interactions
      4m 6s
    2. Creating social learning experiences
      6m 36s
  25. 15m 7s
    1. Exploring social bookmarking with Diigo
      7m 7s
    2. Sharing a list of websites
      3m 57s
    3. Creating a resource collection for students
      4m 3s
  26. 10m 57s
    1. Lesson planning with Common Curriculum
      4m 47s
    2. Managing your instructional schedule
      6m 10s
  27. 10m 11s
    1. Piktochart in education
      3m 20s
    2. Creating infographics
      6m 51s
  28. 9m 24s
    1. Exploring the role of a learning management system
      3m 56s
    2. Three free learning management systems
      5m 28s
  29. 8m 57s
    1. Understanding crowdfunding
      3m 27s
    2. Explore education crowdfunding tools
      5m 30s
  30. 6m 48s
    1. Creating drag-and-drop lessons
      4m 50s
    2. Using pre-created resources
      1m 58s
  31. 7m 22s
    1. Exploring VoiceThread
      3m 46s
    2. Creating and sharing a VoiceThread
      3m 36s
  32. 6m 44s
    1. Lesson planning with BetterLesson.com
      4m 1s
    2. Accessing common core lesson plans
      2m 43s
  33. 6m 45s
    1. Exploring the free resources
      2m 59s
    2. Exploring the teacher portal
      3m 46s
  34. 7m 1s
    1. How does donorschoose.org work?
      2m 42s
    2. Creating compelling projects
      4m 19s
  35. 8m 31s
    1. Adding your classroom as a project
      3m 0s
    2. Building awareness through social media
      5m 31s
  36. 7m 41s
    1. Find high quality lessons for your classroom
      5m 27s
    2. Assess the quality of lesson materials
      2m 14s
  37. 11m 58s
    1. Selling lessons plans on TeachersPayTeachers.com
      1m 39s
    2. Uploading lesson plans for sale
      10m 19s
  38. 6m 40s
    1. Lesson planning on an iPad
      3m 53s
    2. Creating recorded lessons on an iPad
      2m 47s
  39. 4m 41s
    1. Maximizing class downtime with DuoLingo
      3m 13s
    2. Creating self-motivated learners using DuoLingo
      1m 28s
  40. 6m 13s
    1. Adding the Office Mix PowerPoint plugin
      2m 58s
    2. Creating videos from PowerPoint presentations
      3m 15s
  41. 7m 39s
    1. Creating stories with Adobe Voice
      7m 39s

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