Sketchnoting FOR Learning

More and more people have asked about the sketchnotes you see sprinkled throughout the Langwitches blog. I was thrilled when Felix Jacomino, organizer of Miami Device, asked me to do a Sketchnoting 101 workshop at the conference this upcoming Friday.

Here is the slidedeck, I have been working on and a few resources that have helped me wrap my mind around Sketchnoting FOR learning and develop a few skills and strategies along the way.

nutshellIn a nutshell, I have learned 3 things, since I started dabbling with doodling 🙂

  1. You don’t have to be an artist ( I am not…)
  2. The process of thinking involved AS you are creating the sketchnote about a topic is “mindblowing”.
  3. Sketchnoting helps me process and digest a talk, wrap my mind around a large amount of information and organize my thoughts better. I am using sketchnoting as part of my learning process.

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7 thoughts on “Sketchnoting FOR Learning”

  1. Dear Silvia,

    Thank you so much for sharing a large variety of Sketchnoting ideas! As an aspiring German teacher working toward her Masters in Secondary Ed, I am always looking for new and innovative ideas to both motivate my students and help them learn in ways best suited to their needs. The way sketches and doodles seem to have helped you organize and think through concepts, will, I hope, hold true for my students as well…images often make the language that much more accessible to them, and provide a more creative spin to the same-old same-old. As a very visual person myself, I can’t wait to start experimenting with doodling for learning through something like Mix Fifty Three.

    That being said, do you have any ideas off the top of your head for student use of Sketchnoting in the German classroom? I can definitely see teaching it not only as an organizational tool, but also as a way to connect new terms and knowledge to old and as part of group/poster creating activities.

    Thank you again for sharing!


  2. So excited for you and this workshop! I can’t wait to hear more about it. Honored to be a part of your slide deck!

  3. Ms. Tolisano,

    I was so confused when I first left your blog because I left wandering the world of Mix and Paper and now, I want to just sit on them all day. I downloaded Paper to my ipad and I am about to purchase the other tools in it because I am so interested in how to use this in the class. I love the idea of sketchnoting and finding ways to make it even more useful. What is interesting to me is that I actually do doodle in class a lot and it does help me remember things better. If I can relate a small terrible drawing of something or someone, it typically sticks with me. I am SO excited to share with my future students and colleagues the exciting ideas and show them how you use these. If it is okay with you, I would like to include your slideshow in my blog. It really captures what sketchnoting is all about.

    Thank you for everything!
    I look forward to reading more!

    EDM310 Student at the University of South Alabama

  4. Enjoyed catching up with you at Miami Device and so inspired by our conversations regarding Sketchnoting! Hope to keep the connections open for blog commenting and TCK as well as the impact of visual and creative thinking process via sketchnoting. Thanks!

  5. Ms. Tolisano,
    Before reading your post I had never really thought about sketchnotes. I am currently in a teacher education program and the teaching of how to take notes has not come up yet. However, my mentor teacher modeled a specific way for students to take notes, but as I think about it more notes are a very personal form of knowledge building and retention. Due to this I think that if students can effectively make and learn from sketchnotes why not let them do it? It gives them choice in their education as well as a personal flair. My only reserve would be how can I make sure that students are creating sketchnotes in meaningful way? They could just be doodling and I can’t really stop during a lesson to make sure that students are doing it right. But then again I can I really call out a student for such a personal form of note taking? These are questions I have, but I think the upside to sketchnoting could be huge. Thanks for sharing this.


  6. As a learning process ,Sketch-noting is one of the most remarkable way to improve learning and teaching conditions. Thank you so much for your this approach. I have just learned how it is and will help the process of learning.

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