I was recently interviewed by the Austrian Safer Internet team for an upcoming update for their VERY successful MOOC „Das Internet in meinem Unterricht, aber sicher!“ which is running on the VERY cool iMoox.at platform. Here is a teaser for the update:
The topic of the interview was how to integrate social media in teaching and we discussed many questions, such as „How much of a role should social media play in teaching and school life in general?“, „What should teachers pay attention to when integrating social media into their lessons?“ or „What tips and best practices can be given regarding social media?“
To see how I answered these questions, you can tune into the MOOC update in the fall. But if you are a teacher, and you’d like to consider preparing a few lessons or activities involving social media in the coming school year, or if you are considering starting a school social media channel, I’ve collected a few link tips below (English and German). „How teachers are using social media to transform their lessons“ weiterlesen
… and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE it! In recent years, I’ve come across many inspiring illustrations that looked like very pretty and dynamic mindmaps (to my uneducated eyes) and seemed like visual depictions of what had been said at a meeting, convention or talk. I only recently started paying closer attention to them, having seen and admired the work of Sylvia Duckworth. Her sketch note on the SAMR model is quite memorable, using text and visuals to explain the concept simply but powerfully.
Hearing that she had given a webinar on 15.05.2017 on how she creates sketch notes, I decided to take a look at the video on youtube and I was inspired to give it a try. Three weeks later I’m hooked. I’ve taken the plunge and am quite eager to incorporate this in my teaching, both for my presentations and materials as well as for my students.
Here’s how I started my journey and what I’ve learned so far.
As you can see from the sketch note in the title image, I’ve tried to learn from experience sketch noters, viewing their material and trying to follow their advice in how to go about it. Here again, twitter proves to be a treasure trove of resources, not only people but also helpful links and hints. Following the hashtags #sketchnotes or #sketchnoting gets you off to a good start.
After watching a few youtube videos and how-tos, I downloaded a free course on iTunesU called Digital Sketchnotes for Visualizing Learning by Karen Bosch. For those in the Apple ecosystem, this course is a must. I really recommend it.
Of course, I researched on which stylus to buy and ended up buying two. One is a simple Bamboo Solo stylus with a rubber tip, which works just fine. Another stylus which has not left my hand since it was delivered, is the Musemee Notier Prime. To someone like me who has never actually used a stylus on a regular basis before (despite having an iPad since 2010) it looks weird and takes a bit getting used to. But is glides beautifully across the surface and is quite precise.
On the question of drawing apps, I tried out quite a few. I really do like Paper by 53 and the Moleskine apps (both free). I also bought Procreate, but haven’t had a chance to get to know it. My favourite app at the moment is Adobe Draw, which has several killer features, for free. It’s really intuitive and easy to understand. Also, it’s easy to fill an enclosed shape with colour in one tap; it has layers and also a no-frills brush set.
If you’re like I was, on the fence about starting to sketch note, then my simple advice is to start. Just do it. Read up, look at tutorials, test apps and styli and start by imitating a sketch noter or sketch note you really like. What also works is if you have a deadline to give up a project or presentation – set a goal of doing a sketch note so you have a bit of pressure that it needs to be presentable enough to be seen by others 🙂
That is actually how I started. This is my very first sketch note (done without a stylus) for a project at my school. I did it last week, inspired by a sketch note by Sylvia Duckworth (who has graciously allowed me to „copy“ and publish).
I’m really happy I decided to start sketch noting and I’d encourage all interested educators to start as well. My ultimate goal is to teach my students to sketch note.
I hope I could inspire you to start sketch noting. Here are the sketch notes I’ve done mapping my learning journey so far, followed by sketch note resources.
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