When I scroll Twitter for new teaching ideas, a good sketchnote can stop me in my tracks.
Maybe it's the color.
Maybe it's how busy the image is.
Maybe it's because there's a lot to unpack.
But often, I stop to unpack those ideas -- and they linger in my mind.
Sketchnoting (or visual notetaking) is the combination of images and text to create visually stimulating notes. There's all kinds of evidence for using them:
- Hand-written notes can be powerful for long-term memory.
- Keeping our hands busy drawing can improve memory.
- Pairing images and text together helps ideas stick.
I've been fortunate to come across LOTS of great sketchnotes in the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit. It's a FREE online conference for teachers I put on every year in December, including ...
- 50+ video presentations
- Certificates of completion for professional development credit
- Downloadable PDF notes
- Great prize giveaways
... and a thriving Twitter community in the #DitchSummit hashtag. When the summit is open, lots of educators flock to the hashtag, sharing what they've learned in the video presentations.
One talented sketchnoter -- Jen Giffen (Twitter: @VirtualGiff) -- has sketched presentations in all four years of the Ditch Summit.
If you're looking for ideas, Jen's sketchnotes will inspire and equip you.
Below is a Wakelet collection of Jen's sketchnotes from the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit. You'll get ideas on a wide variety of topics, including technology, pedagogy, student relationships, equity, creativity and more. Click an image to see a larger version of it.
For more great ideas ...