Sketchnoting is not just an attractive way to take notes, it can improve retention and learning. These sketchnoting resources will get you started with your students. You don’t have to have a ton of talent, just a little know-how. I’ll update these sketchnoting resources, so tweet me or leave a comment to add your favorites. Don’t get overwhelmed, just get started.
Twitter Tip: If you want to find and share great sketchnotes, follow the #edusketch hashtag on Twitter.
Resources on Sketchnoting and Visual Notetaking:
Most Valuable Sketchnoting Resources
- Sylvia Duckworth’s incredible presentation Sketchnoting for Beginners.
- Kathy Schrock’s Sketchnoting guide
- Smashing Magazine’s Article on Sketchnoting
- Karen Bosch’s Free Sketchnote Course on iTunes
- Notetaking Skills for 21st Century Students – one of my most popular blog posts that incorporates visual notetaking/sketchnoting into how I teach students to take notes.
- Sylvia Duckworth’s Sketchnote/ Visual Notetaking Blog Post for Beginners
- Karen Bosch’s Sketchnoting Tools Website
- Doodlers Unite – Popular TED Talk by Sunni Brown – She uses the term “doodle” but many I know use sketchnotes or edusketch as their titles. Warning – you can’t really use this video with K12 kids, it has an inappropriate joke in it. Pick some of the others I’ve listed here.
- Sketchnoting Fans: Paper 53 Built a Sketchnote Community
- Karen Bosch’s Tool Recommendations (scroll down for her current recommendations)
Places to See Awesome Sketchnotes
- Sylvia Duckworth’s Sketchnote Flickr Account – Sylvia sketches relevant things for educators today.
- Sketchnote Army Website
- Sketchnotes on Pinterest (this is a search for the tag, you must filter to find the ones you want, but I love trolling for ideas here.)
- Sacha Chua’s Evernote Notebook of Sketchnotes (hat tip Todd Finley for pointing me to her!)
People Who Sketchnote Education Topics
- @sylviaduckworth Sylvia Duckworth
- @langwitches Silvia Tolisano
- @braddo Brad Ovenell-Carter
- @karlyb Karen Bosch
- @rockourworld Carol Anne McGuire
- @rebezuniga Rebeca Zuniga
- @amyburvall Amy Burvall
- @sachac Sacha Chua
Sketchnoting Resources and Books to Help You Dive Deep
- The Doodle Revolution: Unlock the Power to Think Differently by Sunni Brown [BOOK]
- The Sketchnote Handbook: the illustrated guide to visual note taking by Mike Rohde [BOOK]
- What are Sketchnotes? (Great sketchnotes explaining sketchnotes.) [SKETCHNOTES]
- How to Create Awesome Visual Notes [BLOG POST]
- Brad Ovenell-Carter’s Sketchnoting Primer (video above) [VIDEO]
- Sketchnote Podcast (they are videos – 10 part series you can use with kids as you watch people draw on camera.) [10 VIDEOS]
Sketchnoting Research and News
“Ainsworth, Prain and Tyler (2011) in a paper in Science argue that drawing can play a number of important roles in learning:, namely:
Drawing to enhance engagement — surveys have shown that when students draw to explain they are more motivated to learn compared to traditional teaching of science.
Drawing to learn to represent in science — the process of producing visual representations helps learners understand how scientific representations work.
Drawing to reason in science — student learn to reason like scientists as they select specific features to focus on in their drawings, aligning it with observation, measurement and/or emerging ideas
Drawing as a learning strategy — if learners read a text and then draw it, the process of making their understanding visible and explicit helps them to overcome limitations in presented material, organise and integrate their knowledge and ultimately can be transformative.
Drawing to communicate — discussing their drawings with their students provides teachers with windows into students’ thinking as well being a way that the peers can share knowledge, discovery and understanding.”
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