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Sketchnoting in Education: The Best Practices, Benefits and How-To’s of Sketchnoting

[Listen and learn : Panel]

Wednesday, June 29, 8:30–9:30 am
CCC 502

favoritesCarrie Baughcum  favoritesVicki Davis  favoritesSylvia Duckworth  favoritesJudi Holst  favoritesMarie-Andree Ouimet  favoritesKathy Schrock  
Sketchnoting and visual notetaking can improve learning and also create a powerful way to capture educational experiences. Learn about the four forms of sketchnoting and the methods used by some of the most-shared sketchnote artists in education today. We’ll talk tools and how sketchnoting benefits learning and communicating.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, PC, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees can participate in the discussion in a backchannel as questions are asked and posed to the panel at key points in the discussion. The audience will be encouraged to share their sketchnote to the hashtag if they choose. They can also pose questions via Twitter that panelists will answer after the discussion or the moderator may pose as part of the discussion.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Creativity and productivity tools
ISTE Standards: Students : Critical thinking, problem solving and decision making
Students : Creativity and innovation
Students : Research and information fluency
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand, Session will be simulcast live

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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Sketchnoting allows students and professionals to capture learning in graphic form. Even if students do not create a full sketchnote, visual notetaking and the use of color is shown to improve retention of knowledge. In the past, many schools have discouraged “doodling”. Current research is changing how educators view the doodling used to create sketchnotes. Research is showing the use of graphic notes can improve retention and learning. Sketchnoting best practices are evolving rapidly. This session will give educators the vocabulary, techniques, tools, and best practices surrounding the use of sketchnotes, infodoodles, and visual notetaking.
In this session, you’ll learn the benefits of sketchnoting, how to do it yourself, and how you can use sketchnoting or elements of visual notetaking in your classroom or to enhance professional development at your school.
Leading edusketchnoters will be sharing their favorite techniques and tools for creating sketchnotes. They will help educators understand the elements of sketchnotes and how to teaching students this valuable skill which can apply to sketchnotes, infodoodles and visual notetaking. The various types of sketchnotes will be discussed along with elements of sketchnotes used by many.
When the session is over, educators will understand the research, techniques, and tools relating to sketchnotes and visual notetaking.


I. What is Sketchnoting?
A. Overview of sketchnoting and how it improves learning and retention
B. How does sketchnoting relate to visual notetaking?
C. What is infodoodling? (Is it the same as sketchnoting.)
D. What are the 4 types of sketchnotes
II. How I sketchnote - Each member of the panel will share slides, apps, and tools about how they sketchnote and their typical workflow
A. Kathy Schrock
B. Sylvia Duckworth
C. Carol Ann McGuire
D. Carrie Baughcum
III. How to Teach Sketchnoting
A. The 13 elements of sketchnoting
B. Color
C. Places and Spaces to Sketchnote
D. What are creative ways you’ve seen sketchnotes used in classrooms and learning experiences?
IV. Helping students learn how to sketchnote
A. Live Sketchnoting in Action - This session will have 2 sketchnoting educators who will have live sketchnoted this session. They will each share their sketchnote and how they live sketchnoted it. (Carrie Baughcum, Judi Holst)
B. Student Samples from Around the World - Carol Anne McGuire - Rock Our World
C. Sketchnote Q&A

Supporting research

Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything: Sketchnoting    
Skills and Strategies | Doodling, Sketching and ‘Mind Mapping’ as Learning Tools, the New York Times. (quotes Sunni Brown and Kathy Shrock)

Doodler’s Unite Ted Talk by Sunni Brown (more than 1 million views) states “Studies show that sketching and doodling improve our comprehension and our creative thinking.”

Ainsworth, Prain and Tyler (2011) in a paper in Science argue that drawing can play a number of important roles in learning:, namely:
Drawing to enhance engagement — surveys have shown than when students draw to explain they are more motivated to learn compared to traditional teaching of science.
Drawing to learn to represent in science — the process of producing visual representations helps learners understand how scientific representations work.
Drawing to reason in science — student learn to reason like scientists as they select specific features to focus on in their drawings, aligning it with observation, measurement and/or emerging ideas
Drawing as a learning strategy — if learners read a text and then draw it, the process of making their understanding visible and explicit helps them to overcome limitations in presented material, organise and integrate their knowledge and ultimately can be transformative.
Drawing to communicate — discussing their drawings with their students provides teachers with windows into students’ thinking as well being a way that the peers can share knowledge, discovery and understanding.
Quoted from:
The power of doodling. Dr. Jackie Andrade of the University of Plymouth, UK, conducted a study of participants who were asked to listen to a monotonous phone call, some doodling while listening and others were just listening. She found that on a surprise memory test than doodlers recalled 29% more of content than those who did not. See the Journal of Applied Psychology “What Does Doodling Do?” by Dr. Jackie Andrade -

The Infodoodling Revolution by Sunni Brown

“Draw On Your Strengths” by Carol Anne McGuire

Notetaking Skills for 21st Century Students, the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis -

Reinventing Writing by Vicki Davis



favorites Carrie Baughcum, Arlington Heights School District #25

I'm a self described inspiration junkie, idea sharer, learning enthusiast and most of all a passionate believer that all children can learn, we just need to find out how. I'm the married mother of two daughters. At home I encourage my daughters to try anything they their imagination can think up. I am also the 6/7/8th grade Extended Resource Program Teacher in Arlington Heights School District 25. I use creative thinking, an adventurous mindset, a no fear philosophy and the power of technology to enable my students to achieve things they never knew they could.

favorites Vicki Davis, Cool Cat Teacher Blog

Vicki Davis is IT Director and teaches grades 8-10 at Westwood Schools in Camilla, GA. She authors the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and hosts the Every Classroom Matters Show. She's been named a top #edtech influencer on Twitter with more than 125K followers, and was named "Best Talk Show Host in Education" with a 2014 BAMMY Award. Her show has more than 159K downloads per month. She won the ISTE 2007 Online Learning Award for the co creation of the Flat Classroom Project. She authored Reinventing Writing and coauthored Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds. @coolcatteacher

favorites Sylvia Duckworth, Independent

Sylvia is passionate about sketchnoting on the iPad to illustrate matters relevant to education and technology. She is a Canadian French teacher and a Google Certified Innovator and has presented across Canada in many GAFESummit and BringItTogether conferences. You can view all of her drawings on her Flickr site:

favorites Judi Holst, Rocky Heights Middle School

Judi Holst is a Speech/Public Speaking teacher and Literacy Specialist at Rocky Heights Middle School. She is also a Gifted and Talented Lead for her district in Colorado. She has been in the teaching field for 24 years and has taught grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. She has presented at AMLE, the Digital Age Teaching and Learning conference, the International Reading Association conference and the Colorado Council International Reading Association conference.

favorites Marie-Andree Ouimet, EscouadeEDU

Marie-Andrée is a Canadian IT Integration Specialist for an Eastern Ontario French language schoolboard. On a daily basis, she supports teachers in their classroom tasks by integrating technology in fun and engaging ways. As a Google Certified Trainer, she has hosted workshops across Ontario and Quebec in many EdTech Summits, BringItTogether conferences and the annual iPad Summit in Montreal. She also dons the role of a professional photographer who has her own photography business. Lead by her passion for graphic arts and photography, Marie-Andrée loves to sketchnote on her iPad and Nexus tablet.

favorites Kathy Schrock, kackl! tech consulting

Kathy Schrock has been a school district director of technology; an instructional technology specialist; and a middle school, academic, museum and public librarian. She is currently teaching online graduate courses for Wilkes University and Arcadia University. Kathy is an Adobe Education Leader, a Google Certified Teacher, a Discovery Education STAR, and a DEN Guru. In addition to teaching online, Kathy writes, speaks, blogs, tweets and conducts professional development workshops, presentations and keynotes throughout the world. She is known for her practical presentations dealing with pedagogically sound practices for embedding technology seamlessly into learning and teaching. Her passions are online tools to support classroom instruction, the role of emerging technologies in the classroom, copyright and intellectual property, and gadgets of any type! Kathy has been an avid user of the internet since November 1993. In 1995, she created her award-winning site, Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators, to help teachers easily wade through the many resources on the internet, and in 1999, she partnered with Discovery Education. Kathy has written hundreds of articles dealing with technology and education and has authored several books about ed tech topics. In addition, she has received numerous awards for her work, including a People's Choice Webby and the ISTE/MassCUE Making IT Happen Award. She has also served on the ISTE Board of Directors and has worked with the U.S. Department of Education on educational technology initiatives.