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Imagination is one of the most powerful tools we have as humans. Yet the emphases these days feels like just "teaching to the test". For many, imagination seems to be lost art.

Sketchnoting encourages students to make connections in a way that works for them, and allows them to be engaged imaginatively and creatively while comprehending the subjects at hand.

Drawing in class!?! - TEDx

Rachel S. Smith used to get in trouble in school for Sketchnoting. Now she does it for a living, Sketchnoting during group meetings. It helps the group see what their work in a way that's not normally possible in a meeting, it lets them see the big picture together and make connections between pieces of information that come up at different times in a meeting.

Rachel makes the case that "when you use visual note-taking, you have to listen to what's being said, you have to really hear it, and you have to understand it. Because that's the only way you're going to come up with an image to connect what you're hearing with what you already know". Using Sketchnoting "creates a personal visual memory aid that they can study from later".

Starting at 6:35, Rachel tells the story of how visual note-taking worked for her niece and how it got her out of a detention.

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What is Sketchnoting?

Doug Neill takes a look at what is Sketchnoting, why it's important, and how it's not one-size-fits-all. He lists some of the skills to be developed, various forms of Sketchnoting, and how it can be applied for different subjects.

If you move the slider to about 40 seconds, you can skip over the initial "ad" part of the video.

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Bringing Sketchnoting Into The High School Classroom

Doug Neill looks at how how you might weave sketchnoting in your curriculum: build it into the arc of your course.

During the first half of the course, he suggests you plant seeds by showing white board animations related to the course and build interest in the concept of visual note-taking.

In the second half of the course, you "help it grow". Begin with simple things like mind mapping or flowcharts. Then add in images, color and other sketchnoting concepts.

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Why Visual Note-taking?

Claudine Delfin answers the question of why do visual note-taking – it enhances memory and improves understanding of the lessons. She then goes on to explain the basics of text, images and structure in visual note-taking.

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  • Flow Charts
  • Mind Mapping
  • Sketchnotes
  • Timelines
  • Visual Note Taking
  • Visual Thinking Skills

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What is Sketchnoting? - Blog Post

This blog post by Doug Neill compliments the video above. As Doug explains, "The whole idea behind adding sketches to your notes is that it taps into parts of your brain that would lie dormant if you only use words to explore ideas. It's the combination of the two that's most powerful – using both words and visuals while taking notes."

A Beginners Guide To Sketchnoting

Carrie Baughcum is a Special Education Teacher and a "a passionate believer that all children can learn, we just need to find out how".

This beginners guide gives information about the basics of sketchnoting with examples. Use it to learn how to get started or with your students. She feels that when used by teachers and/or students it and its parts improve comprehension, learning, recall and memory.

Starting about half way thru the video, Carrie shares actual images of visual notes made by her students.

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What Are Sketch Notes?

Kevin Thorn defines Sketchnoting as a "a form of Visual Writing by expressing ideas, concepts, and important thoughts in a meaningful flow by listening, processing, and transferring what you hear by sketching either by analog or digital."

In this blog post, Kevin looks at What Are Sketch Notes, What Is The Best Medium (anything), Lettering, Pencil or Pen, and Things To Consider.

One thing he emphasizes is that there are no universally correct answers, what's best is what works best for each person.

When To Sketchnote

Some students will use Sketchnoting as a way to take notes during lectures. Others prefer to use it only when working alone or in small groups to organize their thoughts.

Like most things in Sketchnoting, there's no universal answer.

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