Building Creative Confidence One Doodle at a Time
Participate and share : Poster
Monday, June 24, 2:00–4:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 29
You don't have to be an artist to create a quick doodle. Sketchnoting is simply a combination of words and doodles that convey your thoughts. Discover fun and engaging activities to expand your visual vocabulary and increase sketchnoting confidence. Come explore, play and connect with a community of edu-sketchers.
|Audience:||Coaches, Teachers, Professional developers|
|Attendee devices:||Devices useful|
|Attendee device specification:||Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Participant accounts, software and other materials:||Participants can use tablets, laptops, or simply paper and pen for this poster session.
Suggestions for mobile drawing apps:
|Focus:||Digital age teaching & learning|
|Topic:||Creativity and productivity tools|
|ISTE Standards:||For Educators:
Essential Question: How does doodling support learners in creatively capturing thinking, resulting in a deeper understanding of content?
Sketchnoting is a visual note-taking process that can be customized to work best for any learning style. It’s not about art or who can draw the prettiest picture. It’s about focusing on content, making connections, and synthesizing thoughts in a creative way. Sketchnoting activates both sides of the brain and improves active listening and comprehension skills. Students are drawn to visual note-taking because the method recognizes that ideas can be organized and recorded in a way that is personalized for every individual. No two sketchnotes will look exactly the same because no two brains think exactly alike. That’s the beauty of a sketchnote!
While several sketchnotes that can be found on social media look stunningly beautiful, they can also feel immensely intimidating to those who may not consider themselves a “creative” person. John Spencer, co-author of Launch (2016), and Empower (2017), has published an interesting video titled, We Need a Bigger Definition of Creativity (https://youtu.be/MTCOExd0hDk) where he explains seven types of creative teachers, moving way beyond “artistic” as being the definition of creativity. I love how he recognizes that we are all creative in different ways. Mike Rhode, author of The Sketchnote Handbook (2013), stresses “Ideas, not art!” and Wendi Pillars writes about “process over pretty,” in her book Visual Note-taking for Educators (2015). Those are key phrases that empower students and free them from feeling like a sketchnote needs to look like a work of art.
This poster session is filled with simple ideas that will improve creative confidence and give learners knowledge, skills, and tools to begin a sketchnoting journey or continue one with students and/or a community of learners.
1. Participants will learn basics of sketching and building a visual vocabulary using both digital and non-digital tools through engaging activities and games.
2. Participants will learn about research and brain science that supports visual note taking.
3. Participants will learn about resources for visual note taking in the educational setting, including student examples.
4. Participants will learn about web-based and mobile drawing applications.
5. Participants will learn how to participate and get connected with a community of educational sketchnoters.
Web-Based Drawing tools include: Quick Draw! - fast doodle practice, Kandinsky - turn a doodle into music, AutoDraw, Sketchpad, Seesaw
Mobile Apps: Adobe Illustrator Draw, Adobe Sketch, Paper by 53, Tayasui Sketches School, Procreate, Seesaw
1. Brown, Sunni. Doodle Revolution: Unlock the Power to Think Differently. Portfolio Penguin, 2014.
2. Neill, Doug. “Sketchnoting In The Classroom.” Verbal To Visual, 2018, www.verbaltovisual.com/courses/sketchnoting-in-the-classroom/.
3. Pillars, Wendi. Visual Note-taking for Educators: A Teacher’s Guide to Student Creativity. W.W. Norton & Company, 2015.
4. Rohde, Mike. The Sketchnote Handbook: the Illustrated Guide to Visual Notetaking. Peachpit Press, 2013.
5. Spencer, John. “The Seven Types of Creative Teachers.” John Spencer, 2 June 2018, www.spencerauthor.com/creativeapproach/.