Over the last few years, sketchnoting has become much more popular in educational circles. I have been to conferences where people create sketchnotes instead of making bullet points of the key things that they are hearing. I have tried to do it this way, but find that I need to hear everything first before I can turn it into a visual representation.
So, what is a sketchnote?
If you aren't sure where to start with sketchnoting, check out Sylvia Duckworth. She has created many amazing sketchnotes for a variety of topics. Sylvia creates a lot of sketchnotes for various educational authors to showcase the ideas that are represented in their books.
Sylvia creates her sketchnotes digitally, but there is no set rule for how you should create yours. I have tried both, but at the moment I am finding the old school pen & paper to be my weapon of choice. Perhaps as my skills improve I may move to create more digital sketchnotes! This great sketchnote shows that you can do it however you like!
Here are the sketchnotes I have made for my students this year:
Remember that you don't need to follow any rules when sketchnoting, but if you'd like some tips on how to start... this is a great sketchnote (again by Sylvia Duckworth) with lots of ideas...
- Duckworth, S. (2016). Sketchnoting (or visual notetaking). Retrieved from http://mmeduckworth.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/sketchnoting-or-visual-note-taking.html
- Henry, T. (2013). Four Reasons Why You Should Sketch Your Notes. Retrieved from http://www.accidentalcreative.com/creating/four-reasons-you-should-sketch-your-notes/
- My very first sketchnote. Retrieved from http://studyforwhatmatters.tumblr.com/post/97552467943/my-very-first-sketchnote