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Everyone Can Sketchnote: Panel Discussion of Entry-Points, Ah-ha's and Next Steps

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Listen and learn : Panel

Monday, June 24, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Location: Nutter Theater: Level 1

Nichole Carter   Michael Cohen   Sylvia Duckworth   Ann Kozma   Beth Matusiewicz   Valeria Rodriguez   Dr. Wanda Terral   Cate Tolnai  
Sketchnoting supports learning in many ways and it's fun! Join a panel of edusketchers in a discussion of the movement - past, present and, most importantly, future. Plan to sketch with leaders in the field and leave with ideas for bringing sketchnoting to your school.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
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 are encouraged to bring materials to support their own sketching: paper with markers/pens/pencils OR a tablet with their sketching app of choice.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Creativity and productivity tools
ISTE Standards: 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.
For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation, Session recorded for video-on-demand, Session will be simulcast live

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will have the opportunity to submit comments and questions via a backchannel that will run during (and after) the session.

Participants will be exposed to insights related to the current state of sketchnoting in education and how it is being used to impact student learning, teacher learning, and effective brain-based instructional engagement.

Participants will be exposed to thoughts on the future of sketchnoting by leaders in the movement.

Participants will participate in sketchnoting activities to reinforce the panel discussion.

Participants will be presented with challenges to assist them with becoming more involved in sketchnoting in education and ideas for incorporating sketchnoting their classrooms, schools, and districts.

Participants will be encouraged to share their sketchnotes online using the event hashtag and #SketchISTE.


Welcome & Introduction (5 min) - invite questions and comments to backchannel

Sketchnoting in Education: Past & Present (15 min)
- Where are we and how did we get here?
- Effective implementations impacting learning
- EduSketching community, #Sketch50, #PassTheSketchnote, #SketchISTE

Sketchnoting in Education: Future (10 min)
- Where are we going (or where should we be going)?
- Building the community

Hands On & Challenges (25 min)
- Timed sketchnoting activity facilitated by THE Sylvia Duckworth!
- Activities to take back to your school & classroom
- #SketchISTE Challenge Grid
- #SketchTheStandards
- more!

Questions & Comments from Backchannel / Closing Thoughts (5 min)

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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Nichole Carter, Beaverton School District

Nichole Carter has been a middle school classroom teacher for 11 years, teaching both honors and regular English language arts. For four years, she used the flipped classroom model with over 150 students in a blended learning environment in a 1:1 iPad school. She was named a 2015 PBS Digital Innovator and a 2015 Schoology ambassador. Carter has presented nationally for AMLE, Schoology, Title 1 and ISTE. She’s currently an innovation strategist for the Beaverton School District in Oregon. Her book Sketchnoting in the Classroom will be available June 3rd on Amazon and in the ISTE Bookstore.

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Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi LLC
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Sylvia Duckworth, Independent

Sylvia is an award-winning teacher from Toronto, Canada with more than 30 years experience in the classroom. She is on a constant quest to find ways for teachers and students to “Connect, Collaborate and Create”. She is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, Apple Distinguished Educator, and author of the books “Sketchnotes for Educators” and “How to Sketchnote: A Step-by-Step Manual for Teachers and Students”. You can find her resources at and her store at

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Ann Kozma, Flipgrid
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Beth Matusiewicz, North Lakeland School
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Valeria Rodriguez, ValeriaSketches
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Dr. Wanda Terral, Lakeland School System
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Cate Tolnai, BUOY

In her 17th year in education, Cate Tolnai’s professional experience spans strategic social marketing and communications, customer engagement, K-12 education, and both district and county level administration. As Director of Member Engagement at CUE and Adjunct Faculty at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothills College, her deep interest in professional learning and development grows daily. Cate’s co-authored publication, “Power Up Your Classroom: Reimagine Learning Through Gameplay,” (ISTE, 2019) presents frameworks for learning engagement and instructional design. Cate’s unique skill set helps her assist each member as they take their next professional step.

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