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Sketchnoting (or visual note-taking)(Click here for a presentation called "Sketchnoting for Beginners". Click here to see my sketchnotes on Flickr.) She told me that she made them with an iPad app called “Paper by fifty-three”. Well, I immediately downloaded the app and my journey into sketchnoting began. Sketchnoting is simply a way to take notes in a more visually attractive way than bullet points. Some people use traditional pen and paper, but my tech-inclined self prefers the iPad version. Silvia’s preferred app for sketchnoting is “Paper by fifty-three”, while I preferred FlipInk when I first started out because you can upload photos, type text, add lines for guidance, and change the thickness and lightness of your pen. When I began sketchnoting, I became frustrated because: I couldn’t figure out exactly how the apps workedI didn’t have a proper stylusI’m a terrible artist and I wasn’t sure that I had the skills to be proficient. Here is how I resolved my issues:

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iLoveTEFL by Christina Rebuffet-Broadus Last week (March 5, 2014 to be precise), Sue Kay and Karen Spiller of ELT Teacher2Writer led an hour-long webinar titled “How to Become an ELT Materials Writer.” The event was full of useful insider info on how the whole publishing industry works, the knowledge good writers need, and tips for aspiring authors from both publishers and accomplished writers. Rather than just write up classic verbal notes with their outlines, bullet points, and line after line of text-text-text like I usually do (which usually ends up stuffed on a shelf somewhere, sadly to rarely be read again), I decided to try something different: sketchnoting. While not all ideas are captured, I tried to get the essentials, sketch them up into something visual and memorable, all the while hoping they would make some sense to someone who didn’t attended the webinar. I’ll let you decide…

The Tools I Use to Create Sketchnotes When I started creating sketchnotes, I used printer paper and a Pilot Precise V5 pen. It was as easy as that from a tools standpoint. I can get caught up in new gear, tools, software, and tactics, but at the beginning there is no replacement for simply starting. I continued to progress and started creating visual notes for bloggers and speakers, along with sharing my own work on the blog and social media. A.J. Juliani — Teach Different "This atmosphere of excitement, arising from imaginative consideration, transforms knowledge. A fact is no longer a bare fact: it is invested with all its possibilities. It is no longer a burden on the memory: it is energizing as the poet of our dreams, and as the architect of our purposes." ― Alfred North Whitehead Last [...] Updated: I've updated this post and page since publishing my most recent book about student choice-- Learning By Choice. I'd love for you to add resources you've found in the comments section of this post so I can add them to the list!

Blogging for English-Language Learners Blogging is a very powerful tool in and of itself. Whether it's a personal or professional blog, blogging has the power to unleash learning, reflection, and communication. Even more, a blog can help spread your words and ideas to a wider audience and, as a result, a wider reach. Blogging for English-language learners (ELLs) can tap into students' and teachers' utmost communicative potential and help expand and widen learning opportunities. Benefits of Blogging

Step 2: Preparing #Sketchnotes for Format, Flow, and Materials - Nuggethead Studioz This next step in the Sketchnote School series is a continuation from last week about preparing to sketchnote. You may be saying to yourself, “Self, isn’t preparing and format the same thing?” Well, yes…sort of. Format in this context is more about how your sketchonte reads rather than the physical shape and size. A film-making Competition to Celebrate the Publication of My New Book Film in Action I’m delighted that my new book Film in Action has been published and is now available to buy at book stores or on Amazon. It’s a great honour to join all the wonderful authors in the DELTA Teacher Development Series and I hope that Film in Action will fit seamlessly into the series and enjoy the prestige that the other books enjoy worldwide. I would ask all teachers who use Film English to consider buying the book as the royalties which I will receive from sales will help to keep the website completely free. Writing the lessons and maintaining the site takes up a lot of my time and is very expensive, and unless a lot of teachers and directors of studies buy my books I will have no alternative but to start charging for the lessons.

webinar overview – Graphic Organisers Preface If you access the link to the recording it would be great if you would just leave a short comment on this post to let me know. I would really like to know if it is useful to people when I post the overviews & recording links Introduction One of those rare sessions where I was not actually there! I was laid low by a migraine and was unable to join this exciting recorded session by Shelly Terrell. sketchnotes and another pen review - simple inspiration I'm a note taker, if you've read my blog for very long this is not a new fact to learn about me: example 1, example 2, example 3, and of course the scripture journals. This is what my notes look like, a fury of jumbled things there and there. I occasionally look back at my notes, but not very often. I take them so that I remember them better, but really I don't after a few months, or even weeks for that matter. I've tried adding a few of them to my simple testimony blog, but I eventually toss the note book away.

The Rapid eLearning Blog - Practical, real-world tips for e-learning success. Creating great interactive learning experiences requires a few core building blocks: relevant content, pull versus push, and real-world decisions. With those building blocks you're able to structure effective learning scenarios that are meaningful to the learner and helps meet the objectives of the course. One of those building blocks in creating relevant content or content that is placed in a meaningful context. Essentially, you want to recreate the types of scenarios that are similar to the ones the learner has in real life. This allows them to see the content in ...

Cheaper than Ideapaint... Anyone have first hand experience using both? $/Sqft I think ideapaint is priced higher due to the crazy good gaurantee (10 years and lifetime), greengaurd certification and the one coat application. that being said, I would get away with a cheaper costed whiteboard if it would be a temporary surface that I wouldnt use for years... also, I took a look at the comparison chart on the site and did some research. while whiteyboard is cheaper, how can you prove that it has better technology? I called and asked about ideapaints outdoor applications and they have applied it outdoors and said it performed well.also, any dry erase marker is recommended for ideapaint. they also showed me a test with a sharpie that was removed quite easily. as for free cleaner, ideapaint recommends a damp microfibre cloth for cleaning, no cleaner needed. just a few things i uncovered after making a few calls.