Edusketching: A Tool to Help Students Understand Complex Concepts

Wendy Pillars edusketch expert (2)

Your recall of information is up to 55% greater with the use of a picture linked to the content, according to edusketch expert and National Board Certified Teacher, Wendy Pillars. Wendy coined the term edusketch and authored the book Visual NoteTaking for Educators: A Teacher's Guide to Student Creativity.

OK, busy teachers, this is something you can do with a marker and a piece of paper. If you will learn this technique, you can help students learn better! No technology required! This is something all of us can do with students of all ages. We can all edusketch.

Listen to the show and then dig deep into edusketching resources at the bottom of this post to get started.

Essential Questions: Edusketching: A Tool to Help Students Understand Complex Concepts

  • What is the difference between visual notetaking and edusketching?
  • Why does Wendy prefer markers and paper over iPads?
  • What if students say they can't draw or create?
  • What is the neuroscience behind edusketching and memory improvement?
  • Why adults seem to be intimidated more than students by edusketching and how to move past it?
  • How can you handle criticism from colleagues when you try something new?
  • What are some classroom examples of using edusketches with young students?

Educator Resources from this Episode with Wendy Pillars

Other Resources for Visual Notetaking, Notetaking, and Edusketching


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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Taylor February 10, 2016 - 10:15 pm

I love this idea of edusketching! I am one of those people that are always writing notes, or rewriting them, and leaving sticky notes all of my computer and desk to remind me to do stuff. I am a visual learner and I bet this would really help students that are too. I like to think I remember a lot of stuff through pictures (almost like a photographic memory). My future students may find this tip extremely helpful to them. Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea and your thoughts and knowledge of edusketching!

Vicki Davis February 10, 2016 - 11:43 pm

You might enjoy her book too! Let me know how it goes! Please share!


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