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Sketchnoting for Non-Artists

Location: Hyatt Regency Grant C

Explore and create
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Explore and create : Workshop

Saturday, June 23, 12:30–3:30 pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Grant C

Wanda Terral   Cate Tolnai  
Learn to sketchnote even if you think you can't draw. Whether taking an analog or digital route, build a focused, personalized visual vocabulary. Learn to draw almost anything by combining simple shapes. Leave with an action plan for continued growth. No experience necessary!

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees may choose to sketch using analog or digital methods. While the app Procreate on an iPad Pro will be used for the session, the workshop is not meant to focus on the app itself. Those in attendance choosing a digital route may use whatever app they wish. Those choosing an analog route will be encouraged to share photos of their work. Attendees may also choose to use graphic arts programs as an alternative.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Creativity and productivity tools
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences emphasizing creativity, higher-order thinking skills and processes, and mental habits of mind (such as critical thinking, metacognition and self-regulation).
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Presenters will facilitate attendees as they spend three hours exploring hands-on sketching activities. While designed for non-artists, attendees who come in with some drawing skills will find the sketching exercises useful for building their sketchnoting skillset.

A primary focus of the first hour is showing participants that they actually CAN draw. After brainstorming terms they are most likely to encounter in their area of interest, they will work at combining simple shapes to create visual representations of those terms. This will allow them to begin building their own personal gallery of original images.

Hour two of the workshop continues the building of visual vocabulary but morphs into approaches to combining those images into larger sketches. Tips and suggestions will be shared and the group will collaboratively create a sketchnote of a selected video.

Hour three encourages reflection and planning for future personal growth as well as implementation with students. Attendees will be encouraged to share their works in a digital format and continue to do so throughout ISTE2018 by using the hashtag #SketchISTE (which was coined by one of the presenters during ISTE 2017!).


Hour 1:
- Introductions and participant backgrounds
- Why sketchnoting - supports learning; fun; ...
- Tools - personal choice (analog or digital; manual or software); share some benefits / drawbacks of each; suggest choosing one workflow for this session.
- Getting over “I can’t draw” - start by tracing (digital helps w/this) - show how I import into Procreate and trace; choose a piece of clipart to trace. Note - could also import into canvas and have beside drawing area for visual reference as opposed to tracing; think about objects combinations of shapes - show taking an object and breaking into its composite shapes; choose clip art and practice
- Building a visual vocabulary - Brainstorm common words; Brainstorm visual representations for those words; Practice those; Build a personal clipart library that can be imported in sketches; Share links to shared albums if you wish.

Hour 2:
- Continue building visual vocabulary
- Introduce the #Sketch50 movement and prompts
- Picking topics - quotes, themes, series, tech tools, how to, why
- Live sketchnoting - challenges; ways around the challenges; ways to practice
- Show a video and work through sketching it together.

Hour 3:
- How to share work (and why it’s important)
- Build an action plan
- Goals for personal growth
- Sharing your work, including use of #SketchISTE hashtag
- Encouraging others
- Getting students involved

Supporting research

Hockley, W. E. (2008). The picture superiority effect in associative recognition. Memory & Cognition, 36(7), 1351-1359.

Perry, K., & Weimar, H. (2017, March). Sketchnoting: You and Your Students will Benefit. In Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1248-1255). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Chandler, C. (2017). Improving Student Note-Taking Skills. The Education Digest, 82(7), 54.

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Wanda Terral, Lakeland School System
Cate Tolnai, CUE, Inc

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