Friday, 29 July 2016


Today we had a look at Sketchnoting and how we can use it in the classroom to support our learners. Sketchnoting is a form of note-taking where you summarise the main points of a topic, lesson, lecture etc. It is a way in which learners can consolidate new learning and put it into a form in which they understand and remember it best. Throughout university and school I often created diagrams and images to cram for exams, so I definitely believe it is a valuable tool to summarise. Taking the time to teach students to take notes by Sketchnoting is an extremely valuable skill and requires careful scaffolding of lessons. Showing students who are not as confident in art that Sketchnoting can be stick figures, lines and basic shapes can reassure them that it is more about summarising the ideas in a more creative way than just making a list of notes and does not require in-depth detailed drawings.

For my Sketchnoting example I looked at the idea of an "Authentic Audience" as we had discussed this in the morning in our MDTA group. Dorothy Burt explained to us that an authentic audience is people who choose to listen. When people visit blogs, YouTube videos, Twitter, sports events or read a school newspaper, they have made the choice to do so. Children sitting in a class being spoken to or university students in lectures have not had the choice - it is a compulsory part of the day or course. When we share to an authentic audience it provides us with a feeling of satisfaction and realisation that others want to see and hear what we have to say - creating this authentic audience for our students is an important part of the Manaiakalani vision.

Here is my summary of an "Authentic Audience":

I then also created a Sketchnote of what I learnt about Sketchnoting:

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