How to Add Text Labels to Drawings or Photos

Add Text Labels to Any Photo, Drawing & Drawing Video

  • Annotate any photo or drawing with customizable text labels.   
  • Eight preset styles enable quick annotation. Or, completely customize font, color, background and borders.
  • On iOS, record videos with text labels, drawing and voice, making this an even more powerful tool to explain and reflect!
  • Now available on iOS and web. Android coming soon.

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Lesson Ideas for Using the Labels Tool

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ELA, Math, Science, STEM, Makerspace, Art

Math: Explain a math concept with photo, drawings, and labels. 

  1. Open Seesaw and tap “photo” to take a photo
  2. Take a photo that illustrates a math concept
  3. Tap the drawing icon under the photo
  4. Tap “T” to add a text label, type all the text labels
  5. Tap each label and select “style” to change the appearance of the label.
  6. Press record button within the drawing tool
  7. While recording voice, move labels to better explain work, draw while recording, tap the arrow to point out features in your image, or pause recording to edit, add, or delete portions of the drawing.
  8. Stop recording, tap green check, and add to Seesaw portfolio.

ELA: Key word prediction activity with vocabulary prior to book or novel study (High School/All levels). 

  1. Teacher chooses key words, themes, characters that will and will not be important in the book.
  2. Teachers open Seesaw and taps “drawing” to create a new drawing
  3. Tap “T” to add a text label, one for ‘yes’ and ‘no’ as well as all the key words
  4. Tap each label and select “style” to change the appearance of the label.
  5. Students discuss in small groups, predicting if ‘yes’ the word will be a key word in the story or ‘no’ is not.  
  6. They find the teacher item in Seesaw, tap the three dots “copy and edit”
  7. Tap the drawing tool icon under the photo to open the drawing tools
  8. Press the “record” button in the drawing tools.
  9. Tap the “T” to move the text labels/words
  10. Students sort the words by tapping and holding to move the words, and explain their predictions
  11. Stop recording, tap green check, and add to Seesaw journal

Science: Capture and reflect during a science lab. 

  1. Open Seesaw and tap photo to take a photo
  2. Take a photo of the science lab, in this case the kidney
  3. Tap the “T” under the photo to add a caption noting what the lab experience is called
  4. Tap the drawing icon under the photo, to open the drawing tools.
  5. Tap “T” to add a text label, type all the text labels
  6. Tap each label and select “style” to change the appearance of the label.
  7. Press record button within the drawing tool
  8. While recording voice, move labels to better explain work, draw while recording, tap the arrow to point out features in your image, or pause recording to edit, add, or delete portions of the drawing.
  9. Stop recording, tap green check, and add to Seesaw journal

STEM / Makerspace: Explain photo of a makerspace project. 

  1. Open Seesaw and tap “photo” to take a photo
  2. Take a photo of makerspace project
  3. Tap the drawing icon under the photo
  4. Tap “T” to add a text label, type all the text labels
  5. Tap each label and select “style” to change the appearance of the label.
  6. Press record button within the drawing tool
  7. While recording voice,  move labels to better explain work, draw while recording, tap the arrow to point out features in your image, or pause recording to edit, add, or delete portions of the drawing.
  8. Stop recording, tap green check, and add to Seesaw journal

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