Ditch That Copier: The Versatile World of Sketchnotes

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Adam Juarez  
Copier-produced learning materials and resources do very little to empower learning. Learn to ditch that copier with sketchnotes. Learn ideas, strategies and tools to empower students to take ownership of and assess learning while taking notes visually. Discover ways to create and curate sketchnotes while personalizing instruction.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Personalized learning
Grade level: 6-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Provide alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology.
For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn how to begin implementing sketchnotes in any subject.
Participants will learn a variety of activities in which sketchnotes can enhance pedagogy.
Participants will learn strategies for curating student sketchnotes online for future reference, collaborative learning and review.


Introduction to Sketchnotes 5
Tour of Cardinal Innovation Center Sketchnotes Gallery 10
How to sketchnote with paper and pencil 5
Activity: Learn to sketchnote the components of a text or article 10
Digital Tools, Activities and Lessons for Sketchnotes 5
Activity: Collaborative Academic Conversation with Sketchnotes and Screencasting 10
Eduprotocols and CFU 5
Activity: Speed sketchnotes and Fast & Curious 10
Q&A 5+

Supporting research

The Cardinal Innovation Center Sketchnotes Gallery Website:

Sylvia Duckworth (@sylviaduckworth on Twitter), author of Sketchnotes for Educators and How to Sketchnote: A Step-by-Step Manual for Teachers and Students, frequently features the sketchnotes done by students in my district, from the Cardinal Innovation Center Sketchnotes Gallery website, in her sketchnoting sessions across the globe.

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Adam Juarez, Tulare County Office of Education

Adam Juarez is a Technology Integration Coach for Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District. He supports teachers through individualized coaching, demo lessons and professional development. Adam is a Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, CUE Leroy Finkel Fellowship Finalist, co-founder of #CVTechTalk, 2020 30 K-12 IT Influencers Worth a Follow (EdTech Magazine) and co-author of The Complete EdTech Coach: A Organic Approach to Supporting Digital Learning.