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Sketcho Frenzy: The Basics of Visual Note-taking

Sketcho Frenzy: The Basics of Visual Note-taking

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Learning to sketchnote Sketchnoting is the act of drawing to convey ideas. I think it has great potential to distinguish concepts from the glut of nondescript information online, and as a writer it’s a skill I want to learn. There are endless links and personalities in the sketchnote world. I’ve attempted to create a Twitter list to keep up with it. Austin Kleon’s blog is my favorite on the topic, and this 2010 Web expo talk by Eva Lotta-Lamm is probably the best introduction out there: Why Use Sketchnotes in the Classroom? Back in April, I was invited to give a workshop on sketchnotes in the classroom at Indiana University by IU’s Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning. Blog readers may recall that I posted a short lit review of the research on student notetaking back in February. That was part of my prep work for this sketchnotes workshop. I really wanted to blog about the workshop shortly after it occurred, but between wrapping up the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching’s “Students as Producers” theme year and preparing for the CIRTL Network MOOC scheduled to launch this fall, time for blogging has been scarce. (In fact, this is my first post since April, when I blogged about the Coursera Partners Conference in London.) Better late than never, I wanted to share here on the blog the Prezi I used for the workshop, along with a few annotations and reflections on the workshop, mainly focusing on reasons why sketchnotes might have a place in the classroom.

The Sketchnote Workbook - Designer Mike Rohde The Sketchnote Workbook is a fully-illustrated book and video, showing how you can use sketchnotes in your everyday life to capture ideas, plan projects, document processes, and capture memorable experiences. The Sketchnote Workbook, the follow-up to the popular Sketchnote Handbook, shows you how to take the basic sketchnoting skills you learned in the Handbook and use them in new and fun ways. You think you have fun taking sketchnotes in meetings? Try using them to record your travels. Or start a food journal. Or break out those visual notetaking skills in your next brainstorming session–whether you're at work or school, or just trying to figure out how to organize the paper that’s due next week.

Sketchnotes: Building my visual vocabulary Okay, I’ve figured more stuff out in terms of expanding my visual vocabulary! =) Here’s my current workflow. Goals: Pick up different ways to draw things by analyzing other people’s sketchnotesGet faster at drawing things through practiceDevelop a visual dictionary of words and imagesDraw my own versions and organize them for easy reuse Inkflow: The Visual Thinking App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch Visual Thinkers Rejoice! Inkflow works like a Word Processor for Visual Thinking. Capture your ideas as easily as with pen and paper, then arrange and reorganize them with your fingers! If you're like us, you've been looking hard for the perfect (th)inking App. Yet something always seems to be missing, be it speed, flexibility, or just plain elegance. Well, we think we've finally cracked it.

visual recording on the iPad, illustrated – Ninmah Meets World This week I’ll be giving a talk at IFVP 2010 on visual recording with the iPad. While I was preparing my notes, I discovered how easy it is to make Quicktime movies of your notes with the Brushes app, so I made a little movie. Then I got carried away narrating it and adding in other images and … well, it’s almost 13 minutes long now, and if you watch it, you can skip my talk. Though I’m better in person, and there are a few things I didn’t put into the movie. Visual Thinking What is Visual Thinking? Visual thinking is a way to organize your thoughts and improve your ability to think and communicate. It’s a great way to convey complex or potentially confusing information. It’s also about using tools — like pen and paper, index cards and software tools — to externalize your internal thinking processes, making them more clear, explicit and actionable.

The Power of the Scribble Recently I was thumbing through Colin Ware’s book Visual Thinking for Design when I was reminded of the expressive power of lines. In his book, Ware shares the following exercise, which was conceived by the Italian psychologist Manfredo Masseroni. Masseroni wanted to help people understand how the magic of lines can be used as part of the creative design process. Make a few simple scribbles by moving a pen around in a large irregular looping pattern. Don’t think about anything while you do it.

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