Sketch Note and Twine

Many times when students take notes the information comes in the ear, through the pen onto the paper and is completely forgotten. Because that information can be accessed again we automatically believe that getting as much as possible onto the page is the best way to learn, but this takes away from valuable in class learning. Sketch note offers a way to synthesize, clarify and organize learning while also having fun and tapping into creativity. There are no rules to sketch notes, you can create them radially, linear, circular or whatever works for you. Sketch notes are not art, and you do not have to be a so called “artist” to create them. Kids already love to doodle and this gives doodling a purpose, it promote’s freedom and the opportunity to take what you are learning and hearing and design something that will help you visually,

In class the workshop we did was really fun and surprisingly simple. I would not consider myself an artist in any shape or form but I found myself able to transfer the information on the article we learned into pictorial note form and had a ton of fun doing it. For the University of Princeton I drew a little crown, did little picture frame for reframing information and a little guy eating a hotdog for digesting knowledge. These little cues would be very hard to forget no matter what the scary testing situation.

Twine is also a very interesting topic. Growing up goosebumps books that you can make the choice to create different endings were my favourite and this is a lot like that. There are so many different uses for twine both fun and professional. They can be used in interactive interview format, creating classroom activities, and just writing your own stories. I think that student would really enjoy creating their own stories, you could either give them a prompt or just let them go. If you do not want to make a file public you can just send the story as an email, making an easy way to share while maintaining the chosen amount of privacy.