The Basic Components Of Education In Sketched Form

The Basic Components Of Education In Sketched Form

I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the world of education for a while now, and I think that the skill of visual note taking is going to help me do that more effectively.

Here’s a place from which to start – a sketch of the basic component of education. The why, the what, the where, the when, the with whom, and the how of a learning experience, using a student named Tim to personalize and more realistically visualize that experience:

The Basic Components Of Education In Sketched Form

The interesting thing about this moment in time is that those components can be addressed in so many different ways because of the technologies now available to most (but not yet all) individuals. There’s a lot of exploration going on right now, which I think is a good thing.

I’d like to join in on that exploration.

Though the sketchnotes that I have posted on this site come from a variety of sources and address a variety of topics, some of them connect well with those components of education above. Many of the sketchnotes that I add in the future will have even more of a direct connection.

My goal is to slowly build up a picture of education, first rough and general, but growing in detail over time.

I’m interested in building up that picture for two reasons. The first is that I am an educator myself, teaching folks this skill of sketching out ideas over at Verbal To Visual. The second is that I feel personally invested in the education system as a whole, and I’d like to do what I can to help that system evolve to meet the demands of the 21st century.

This first sketch is just a start. It will grow, evolve, and branch out over time as I pull in information from books, talks, and articles. If you’d like to follow that growth (and maybe even contribute to it), sign up for The Verbal To Visual Newsletter to get new sketches sent directly to your inbox.

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  1. Doug,

    I’m very interested in these ideas and incorporation of them into the k-12 education world . I have many questions, but my first is what app or apps do you think are best for creation of the sketches ? And combine with that, do you have any suggestions for ways of recording (sort of video recording the sketches) and then sharing them?


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      Hi Shawn,

      Thanks for the questions. Regarding best apps, I’m afraid I don’t have a good answer – at this point I do all of my sketches in analog form (and then either scan them into my computer for editing using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator OR just take a picture of the sketchnotes and share that photo). But I know that many classrooms are set up in a way that make app-based sketches ideal. So I’m adding that to my list of things to investigate – I’ll have to do some searching and play around with a number of apps myself (which would probably be good for me too – I’m sure I could find a good use for digital sketchnoting). I’m pretty sure there are drawing apps out there that record your strokes so that you can play it back as a video – again, another topic for me to explore šŸ™‚ Sorry for not having any answers, but thanks for asking the questions. Hopefully within a few months (or maybe sooner – before teachers get engulfed with the new school year) I’ll have some useful info to share.

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