The next time you or your students are putting together a visual presentation and find yourself wishing there was a simpler way to edit or add annotations (circles, arrows, lines or text) to the images you find on the web, check out these 3 free apps for teachers; they’ll make your life a whole lot simpler, especially for those of you who don’t have access to photo-editing software.
3 Free Apps for Teachers: Edit and annotate your photos
For those of you using Mozilla as your web browser, Screen draw is a free add-on that gives you the ability to draw or type text over the top of any page. Once you’re done, you can save the image as a PNG or JPG file. This is by far one of the most convenient image-annotating applications because you’ll never have to journey outside of your web browser to use it.
As with Screen Draw, Snaggy allows you to annotate and edit images, but it’s also an image host that lets you paste images from your clipboard directly online. Found a photo you like? Simply hit Control + Print Screen to capture the image; now hit control + V to copy the image into Snaggy. One you’ve cropped or annotated your screen capture, you can either save it to your hard drive or upload it to your favorite social media platform.
This free application allows you to get as simple or sophisticated as you dare. Depending on what you want to do, you can choose from three different versions:
- Pixlr-o-matic is a bit like Instagram in the sense that you can upload your image and add interesting textures, borders and overlays to them
- Pixlr-express is a step up from the Pixlr-o-matic version. Not only can you add textures, borders and overlays to images, you can also add text
- Pixl-editor is much more sophisticated than the previous versions. The closest thing we can compare it to is Photoshop, but unlike the latter, the price is much easier to swallow
If these apps for teachers don’t fulfill your needs, stop by Richard Byrne’s site for a comprehensive list of screen-capture tools and photo editors. We also recommend downloading our free guide by clicking on the button below. Inside you'll find 50 of our favorite apps for teachers!