Sketchnoting: You and Your Students will Benefit
Holly Weimar, Sam Houston State University, United States
Tuesday, March 7 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Location: Creekside I
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Sheila Baker, University of Houston-Clear Lake, United States
Abstract: We are incredible at remembering pictures. Hear a piece of information and three days later you’ll remember 10% of it. Add a picture and you’ll remember 65%. Sketchnoting is an activity that has been popular in the business world for a while. Also known as visual note taking, it is an activity that K-12 students can fall into effortlessly. Unlike adults, kids have fewer fears drawing and sharing their creations. This presentation will provide introductory information about sketchnoting, provide examples of successful classroom implementations, and get you started on the road to becoming a sketchnoter so you can encourage your students to use the technique to improve their learning.
Participants will be able to:
1. State the benefits of using sketchnoting in personal, professional, and educational settings.
2. List multiple tools (analog and digital) to use when sketchnoting.
3. Gain hands-on experience when sketchnoting during a presentation.
What is sketchnoting?
1. Originally intended for note-taking
2. Combination of handwritten notes and sketched images
3. Originally popular in business world
4. Becoming trend in education and librarianship
5. Anybody can do this regardless of artistic talent!
Why use sketchnoting?
1. It engages different parts of the brain
2. Students like to doodle or sketch
3. Finished products more memorable than bullets
4. It’s fun!
How can I use sketchnoting?
2. Presenting instruction
3. Sharing information
4. Completing class assignments
What materials do I need?
1. Pens or pencils
2. Notebooks or paper
3. Handheld devices
4. Stylus tools
But I can’t draw! How do I get started?
1. Most adults are very apprehensive
2. Practice builds confidence
3. Start practicing lettering
4. Collect a visual vocabulary of images to use
5. Begin with short and easy tasks
6. Seek ideas and instruction online
Putting it all together
1. Pay attention to structure
2. Start engaging others with easy tasks
3. Share online
4. Branch out with more complex ideas
Summing things up
1. You can expect positive results
2. You will be helping students use skills otherwise neglected
3. Keep practicing!
4. Keep having fun!
Dr. Karin Perry and Dr. Holly Weimar have been sketchnoting for two years. Their book about sketchnoting in the educational setting will be coming out in 2017.
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