Tuesday, May 19, 2015


I have been exploring sketch-noting and brain-doodling lately and thought it would be a great vehicle my students to think, process, and organize information.  I started off with a class discussion and asking my students what they find challenging about note-taking.  Many of them shared that they found it hard to keep up with the speaker, and others said that they sometimes wrote so furiously that they couldn't understand their own handwriting when it came time to study for the tests.  Others shared how they found it difficult to make sense of their notes.  Sketch-noting seemed a great way to address some of these issues.  Introducing it through sample images of sketchnoting from Google images and sites like Sketchnote Army was a great way to start.  For more tutorials and ideas of places to start with doodling, I went to Brain Doodles.

Here, there are lessons, videos, tutorials, and a gallery of images.  I  really like this sketch-note example of the US Supreme Court in the form of a video tutorial.

I then took my students to an ignite talk to give our budding sketch-noting skills some practice...what better way than a talk on the history of the ubiquitous ramen instant noodle?

Here is what we came up with...so interesting to see how we viewed and mapped the information in different ways.

Different ways of thinking means each one has different ways of organizing information.  Sketch-noting really provides alternatives to the linear way of displaying information found in traditional note-taking that may really help students make sense of what they are learning.

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