An Educator's Guide to Sketchnoting

Introducing “An Educator’s Guide to Sketchnoting”

An Educator's Guide to Sketchnoting

Whenever I tell my teacher friends about my experiments here with visual note taking, most get excited for me, many end up trying out sketchnoting for themselves, and a number of them also ask about how to incorporate this skill into the classroom.

To help teachers expose their students to the idea of sketchnoting, I have decided to write a guide that provides an overview of sketchnoting, explains how it can be used as a powerful learning tool, and provide suggestions for how to incorporate the teaching of this skill into classroom activities.

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When children first learn to write, the idea of combining words and pictures comes naturally. With time and rigid education practices, however, we lose that freedom. The activities in this guide will be designed to give that freedom back to students of all ages.

I’ll be writing this book with middle school, high school, and college students in mind, but I think the activities can be applied to younger and older learners as well. If you are a teacher who fears drawing, no need to worry – you will not need to be a master artist in order to pass this skill on to your students.

This will not be a textbook on sketchnoting. Mike Rohde has already crafted a beautiful book that fills that role.

Instead this guide will show teachers how to use that book, as well as other resources, to expose students to this new skill and help them start to develop it. It will include individual activities as well as fully developed lesson plans that can be used in the classroom.

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Encouraging students to use visuals in the learning process is not new. Graphic organizers and minds maps have been around for a long time.

But I think few teachers are encouraging students to regularly use visuals in their notes. Many may realize the benefits that sketchnoting brings to the learning experience, but don’t have the tools or the strategies to incorporate the teaching of that skill into their classroom. The goal of this guide is to provide those resources in an accessible way.

If you want to stay up to date with the development of this guide (and give feedback along the way) be sure to sign up for The Verbal To Visual Newsletter. In the next update on this project I’ll be sharing an outline for the book, and I would love to get feedback from as many people as possible. Stay tuned!