Calling all educators! Want to spend a bit of time this summer exploring how you might share the skill of sketchnoting with your students? If so, read on.
One of my goals with this project is to make it easier for teachers to start using sketchnoting in their classrooms and help their students develop this lifelong skill.
To that end, a couple of years ago I built a resource kit called Sketchnoting in the Classroom.
This summer I’m excited to be adding a few new things to that resource kit!
But before I get to those updates, let me describe what’s already in place.
Video Lessons & Practice Acitivities
The resource kit consists of short video lessons (designed to be played in class) and follow-up practice activities (which you can tailor to the subject you teach).
Those resources are divided into three sections: skills, processes, and applications.
Within the skills section I help your students develop basic drawing skills, a few handwritten fonts, and structural tools like dividers, containers, and lists.
Within the processes section I show how you can combine those skills into a specific note-taking process. I share what mind maps and flowcharts are all about, how you can bring sketchnotes into the Cornell method, or use index cards as your primary note-taking tool.
The goal of that section is to let students know that there are a variety of ways that you can bring together your sketchnoting skills, and you get to choose which one is the best fit for you in any particular situation.
Within the application section I describe how you might use sketchnoting in specific subject areas: social studies, science, math, physical education, language arts, journalism, art, foreign language, and even a cross-discipline approach.
Within this resource kit you’ll also find a printable card deck of sketchnoting prompts that you might be able to use as an extension activity or when there are a few minutes left at the end of class.
What We’re Adding: Student Examples
So that’s the core of Sketchnoting in the Classroom. That’s what already exists.
But now that the resource kit has been out in the world and teachers have been using it for up to a couple of years, there’s one more thing that I’d like to add to it: a bunch of student examples.
I want to see what your students have been creating as you’ve been introducing the skill of sketchnoting, and I would like to add some of those examples to this resource kit so that future students can have those examples from folks just like them, and also so that other teachers can get a sense for what they might expect from their students.
With those goals in mind, I have sent out a request to everyone who has picked up this resource kit, asking for just a handful of examples of your students’ sketchnoting.
I will be curating those examples and sharing a few after each lesson, highlighting the specific things that we explore within that lesson, so that in addition to the instruction and practice activities that I provide, you’ll also be able to see examples from real students.
Let’s Chat: Summer Webinars
In conjunction with that request for student examples, I thought that it also might be fun to provide an opportunity to chat a bit about how it’s going in your classroom.
That’s where the summer webinar series comes in.
My goal with these upcoming webinars is to create a space where teachers who’ve been using this resource kit can share how it’s going, troubleshoot with each other, and ask questions of me.
But there’s a second goal as well: to share all of that experience with teachers who are planning to start weaving sketchnoting into their classroom for the first time next year.
So here’s the plan.
I will be hosting three different webinars in July of 2019.
The first is on Wednesday, July 10th, the next on July 17th, and the final one on July 24th.
Each webinar will focus on a different age group of students. The first will be for elementary school teachers, the second for middle school teachers, and the third for high school teachers.
By breaking them up in that way, my hope is that we can address the issues that are specific to your students. I’m also curious to see what the typical elementary level sketchnote looks like compared to the middle school sketchnote and the high school sketchnote!
Those webinars will begin at 12:00 p.m. Pacific / 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. I imagine they will be about an hour long, but I will continue hanging out as long as there are questions that folks have or stories that they’d like to tell.
Those webinars will be recorded and archived within the resource kit, so my hope is that those chats themselves become a helpful thing to turn to for teachers that are just starting to use this resource.
If you’d like to participate in those webinars or catch the replays (and access all of the other resources I described up front), go sign up for Sketchnoting in the Classroom!
If you don’t work in the world of education but are still excited about developing your sketchnoting skills, you can check out our full course library here. I’m looking forward to digging back into the world of education this summer and chatting with teachers who are helping their students develop this lifelong skill. Cheers, -Doug
If you don’t work in the world of education but are still excited about developing your sketchnoting skills, you can check out our full course library here.
I’m looking forward to digging back into the world of education this summer and chatting with teachers who are helping their students develop this lifelong skill.