We start at the beginning ISTE 2016, sessions and inspirations.
While attending the ISTE 2016 conference in Denver last year it seemed like all I heard about or saw was information about Sketchnoting. There was a very popular session Wednesday morning that I had to attend in an overflow area near the always boisterous bloggers cafe,
It was a panel with Sylvia Duckworth, Kathy Schrock, Vicki Davis, Carrie Baughcum, the amazing Marie-Andree Ouimet, and Judi Holst whom I have met at previous conferences and didn't even realize until just now! Awesome!
It was while I was listening to this session and attempting to sketchnote for really the first time on the small iPad mini I had brought with me (traveling light while at ISTE you know!) that I realized I really liked sketchnoting, like really liked it. It fit for my brain. See their available resources below.
After that panel I saw my boss while wandering between sessions and proceeded to say to him, "This is amazing, I want to learn more. Can I have a larger iPad?"
I was able to later get a 12.9 iPad Pro and apple pencil to really begin to practice sketchnoting. At the time though I was so pumped I actually went and sat in a corner and proceeded to go through resources. One particular resource was the edtech team's webinar on sketchnoting. I sat at the Denver Conference Center and went through the whole webinar while drawing on my tiny iPad mini.
During the ISTE panel Sylvia talked about the fact that she used the app Procreate, and after watching the edtech team webinar, he used Paper by 53. I proceeded to teach myself both apps.
Because Paper by 53 is free and is so easy to begin, it is the one that I started using the most, and I knew would be a good option for our district with access to iPads for both teachers and students.
Procreate is a much more advanced tool, and admittedly is the one that I am now working in, but at $5.99 it can get costly to ask for that for a large district like mine. If you are serious about learning to sketchnote, procreate is an app I would recommend. There are plenty of tutorials online and I have also been taking digital drawing lessons on SkillShare for both Paper by 53 and Procreate.
Shortly after ISTE I went to Spark16, which is a great event put on by Darren Hudgins and OTEC. Where we get to go to McMennimans Kennedy School and hear from a handful of amazing innovators. One of the speakers was the incomparable Sunni Brown; author of Doodle Revolution, It seemed at this point that I was getting hint after hint to keep following up on sketchnoting or visual note-taking.
Side note: If you have 't seen Sunni's TED talk Doodler's Unite please watch it below! While it is not the one I use when teaching about sketchnoting to either staff or students it is still good nonetheless and shows why I think her book deserves a place at the table.
So that is in a nutshell how I started thinking and learning about visual note-taking. Now of course more books, conferences, and presentations have followed. Not to mention constant work on my part to be an acceptable sketchnoter, all of which I will outline in the next couple of posts. But this at least will get you started!
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