Sketchnoting That Interprets Content, Defines and Refines Learning and Makes Thinking Visible

Location: Room 301BC

Participate and share

[Participate and share : Interactive lecture]

Monday, June 26, 4:00–5:00 pm
Location: Room 301BC

Rebecca Hare   Manuel Herrera  
Discover how sketchnoting can be leveraged beyond capturing information and staying focused during lectures. We'll demonstrate how sketchnoting is used by students to create and refine mental models, make thinking visible and problem solve. You'll leave with simple techniques and examples to employ tomorrow that enhance learning.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Optional but not required
Paper53 iOS
Procreate iOS
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Instructional design and delivery
Grade level: 6-12
ISTE Standards: Students : Creative communicator
Teachers : Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
Students : Knowledge constructor

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Sketchnoting is more than a way to capture information visually. It is a strategy that combines visual, motor and cognitive processes that fully engage students in their learning. In this session we will demonstrate how sketchnoting is used to capture complex information using color, shapes, lines, and text to focus on bigger ideas and interpret information visually so that it is easily understood and remembered. Participants will be shown student and teacher sketchnoting examples and how they were applied to different learning experiences. We will then guide participants through challenges that demonstrate how sketchnoting can be applied to teaching and learning so that students can define and refine their learning. Participants will experience how to take handwritten sketchnotes and capture them digitally for sharing and organizing and showcasing learning.

In this session participants will…
understand the basic elements of sketchnoting
learn simple sketchnoting techniques and strategies
apply the techniques and elements of sketchnoting
learn how to introduce sketchnoting to students
learn digital tools that can be used to capture handwritten sketchnotes


Introductions - Examples of real teacher and student sketchnoting creations (10 Minutes)
Core Experience - Hands on Challenges and Goals (5 Minutes)
Challenge 1: Developing Symbols and Elements (10 Minutes)
“What is your Visual Language?”
Challenge 2: Teach and Idea Through Sketchnoting (10 Minutes)
“How to interpret deep content visually”
Challenge 3: Create a learning experience for students to sketchnote (10 Minutes)
“Allow students to Define and Refine their Understanding.”

Closing - Share, Reflect and where you can implement this in your practice (15 Minutes)

Supporting research

Making Thinking Visible When learners speak, write, or draw their ideas, they deepen their cognition.
Project Zero's Visible Thinking approach shows how.
Ron Ritchhart and David Perkins

Neural correlates of the episodic encoding of pictures and words

Learning Through Visuals Visual imagery in the classroom
Haig Kouyoumdjian Ph.D.



Rebecca Hare, Clayton Schools

Rebecca Louise Hare is currently a design specialist and science teacher with Gulliver Schools, and a learning space designer. Rebecca has a BFA in industrial design from The European Design Institute in Milan, Italy and a M.A.T. in art from Fontbonne University, St. Louis. She worked in Italy for ten years as a design consultant and creative director, creating spaces and designing products (from MRI machines and coffee makers to hair brushes) for global companies before becoming fascinated with education.

Manuel Herrera, Affton School District

Manuel is the Coordinator of 1:1 Programs and Design Space facilitator for the Affton School District located in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to his roles in the K12 setting, Manuel is an adjunct professor for Webster University where he teaches Digital Video for Educators and Designing Ed Tech Facilities. He is also the Communications and Design Leader for the educational non-profit ConnectEd Learning. Manuel has presented at conferences throughout Missouri, Texas, Florida, Louisiana and Illinois including SXSWEdu, FETC, and METC. In 2016, he was awarded the Midwest Education Technology Conference Spotlight Educator.

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