#SOL16 Day 26
Let’s face it, we are living in a digital world. I am almost never far from some device that keeps me connected, organized, engaged. For years I would attend conferences, workshops, or classes with my laptop or iPad helping me to take copious notes. While I was able to capture a lot of what was said or presented, I wasn’t truly processing it in the moment, I was simply scribing. I would leave with my fingers aching, my mind racing, and often an overload of information. Then I would need to find time to read back through my notes and pull out the big ideas I’d like to incorporate into my teaching.
Then I started noticing the emergence of sketchnotes popping up on Twitter. In an instant I could see what the “big ideas” were for these educators. I was intrigued. I used my digital world resources to explore these medium of note taking. There were dozens of websites and hundreds of examples. I ordered Mike Rohde’s The Sketchnote Handbook and I was hooked!
I haven’t totally given up my devices, but I have started to use them to help me think more visually about ideas rather than verbally! I snap photos with my phone of presenter slides rather than try to copy them down. I try to sketch out relationships or salient points that I think will be relevant for ME rather than everything that is being shared. The act of drawing/sketching is like a meditation on an idea.
I also use my devices to share out my thinking. I will tweet an important idea (sometimes with an image of my sketchnote page) and then I have my big ideas recorded on my Twitter feed-often with a comment from another teacher. I will follow a #hashtag after the session to see what big ideas surfaced for others. I haven’t given up ONE format for ANOTHER completely. I am learning to merge the tools that I think can help me best to integrate new thinking and learning into my schema.
I know I’ll revisit this topic in future blogs as consider how this might work for our students as well. Some of the biggest slices of my life involve reflection on my practice. This has certainly been some new learning for me. I’m finding it fun and fascinating to be a little “sketchy”!