As a closet doodler most of my life I was enthralled to learn that note taking through drawing is not only a practice but an evidence-based accepted practice filled with amazing people working in the field.
To take my visual notes I use a first generation iPad, a pogo stylus and AutoDesk Sketchbook Pro.
The art of SketchNoting helps me stay focused and be a better listener.
In Fall 2011, I was a guest lecturer on DS106 and I provided the following video:
In 2011 I submitted the following “essay” to UnPlug’d about Why Doodling Matters.
As Temple Grandin says, “the world needs all kinds of minds.” and some of those minds “think in pictures”.
Doodling is a form of external thought that allows you to visualize the connections you are making while thinking. In the conscious mind, doodling can assist concentration and focus but even in the unconscious mind, while doodling and day dreaming connections are made.
As Steven Johnson says, the “mind’s primordial soup” can lead to “serendipitous collisions of creative insight”.
Doodling has allowed connections to be made between people and ideas, the magical space between.
These aspects can lead to better problem solving. By sharing my thinking through visual means, my most important connections have been to people, by way of sharing my perceptions of their ideas, presentations and words back to them.
Here’s a great how-to sketchnote post.
I just love Sunni Brown, Doodlers Unite! TED Talk on doodling. She’s hilarious and a great champion for doodling.
Universal Instructional Design- To Aid Note Taking
Thinking outside the LMS
So Exactly How do I do my notes?
I use a 1st gen iPad + AutoDesk Sketchbook Pro app + pogo stylus.
I learned pretty much everything from Rachel Smith’s site and a lot of practice!
Visual Recording on the iPad from Flickr Stream by Rachel Smith, DigitalFacilitation.net.
Workshops & Presentations
Learning by Design at the University of Mary Washington Faculty Academy, May 2012
Visual Practice at Society for Teaching Learning in Higher Education, June 2012
Visual Practice at Canadian Association University Student Services, June 2012
Visual Note taking on the iPad at MooseCamp Northern Voice, June 2012
Facilitator, small group peer edit UnPlug’d, August 2012