Sketchnoting In The Classroom
Are you interested in bringing visual note-taking into your classroom, both as an instructional tool as well as a skill that you pass on to your students?
If so, this resource kit is for you. Let me tell you about it.
A Resource Kit For Educators
- Add sketchnoting to your toolkit as an instructor to better develop and deliver curriculum.
- Introduce sketchnoting to your students and help them develop and apply their skills in a subject-specific way.
- Short videos with printable follow-up activities to weave sketchnoting seamlessly into your lessons.
- A printable card deck with quick prompts that encourage students to engage with information on a deep (but still playful) level.
Pilot Program Timeline (Updated)
February 15th, 2017: Pilot Program Opens
You can now join the pilot program! The first thing you will receive is a short survey to share where you teach, what you teach, the learning goals you have for your students, and the goals you have for yourself as an instructor.
July 5th: Resource Kit Available
I’ll release the first version of the resource kit at the end of this school year – in time for you to explore the resources and plan how to incorporate them into your classroom next school year.
July 15th: Feedback (Round 1)
In the middle of the summer I’ll reach out to those who have had a chance to explore the resources so that you can let me know what additions and adjustments are needed prior to the start of the school year.
August-December: New Weekly Resources
Each week I’ll be adding new resources to the kit, first those described in the update video below, then others based on your experience and needs! See the “Current Status” section below for a list of lessons that are currently available.
Winter Break: Feedback (Round 2)
After you’ve had a full term to use these resources in your classroom, I’ll reach out to learn what worked well and what still needs improvement.
Who’s Making This?
My name is Doug Neill, and here’s a bit of my background:
- In 2011 I received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University, with secondary certifications in Math, Science, and ESL.
- That same year I got pulled into the world of visual thinking and documented my skill development over at The Graphic Recorder.
- I launched Verbal To Visual in 2013 to help others develop their sketchnoting skills, and have built four courses to date: An Introduction To Visual Note-Taking, How To Make Sketchnote Videos, Sketchnoting In The Classroom, and Learn In Public.
April 1st, 2017 – Here’s an update on the early stage development of this resource kit in which I outline the specific components that I’m building:
June 22nd, 2017 – Check out the first sample video lesson! It focuses on how students can start incorporating arrows into the note-taking process. If you sign up you’ll get to share feedback on this lesson style to make the next ones even better!
August 1st, 2017 – I’ve added follow-up practice activities to each of the video lessons! You’ll be able to download a PDF with all of them so that you can print, copy, and use them in your class. Here are a few examples:
August 21st, 2017 – Check out the new welcome video to play for your students as a way of introducing the topic of sketchnoting!
October 31st, 2017 – Lessons currently available: Handwritten Fonts, Icons, Faces, Arrows, Stick Figures, Color, Scenes, Containers, Lists, Dividers, Empathy Maps, Filtering, Synthesizing, Cornell + Sketchnoting, and Mind Mapping. In the queue: the other four lessons on sketchnoting processes mentioned in the first update video. After that, all of the others described here!
Benefits Of Joining The Pilot Program
Why might you join this pilot program? Here are a few reasons:
Help Shape The Resource Kit
The first thing you’ll receive when you sign up is a survey so that you can share with me where you teach, what you teach, the learning goals you have for your students, and the goals that you have for yourself as an instructor. Your responses will directly inform the development of these resources!
Improve Your Skills As An Instructor
By developing your own sketchnoting skills you’ll be better prepared to reach the visual learners in your classroom, making this addition to your instructional toolkit invaluable.
Teach Your Students A Lifelong Skill
Too many students think that 1) they can’t draw and/or 2) drawing doesn’t belong in the classroom. By showing them otherwise you’ll be opening the door to a more creative and fulfilled future.
Any questions or concerns? Send an email my way: firstname.lastname@example.org.
One-Time Fee For Lifetime Access
Think you might want to use these resources in future school years? No need to buy them again – you’ll have full and lifetime access to all past (and future) Sketchnoting In The Classroom resources.
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
I want you to be able to dig into this resource kit to see whether or not it’s a good fit for you and your classroom. With that in mind, if you’re not satisfied with what you see after your first 30 days, I’d be happy to return your money.