Being the Change, #cyberPD 2018: Sketchnoting Chapters 3&4

The #cyberPD community reminded me of something I learned last year: When I sketchnote I revisit my notes more often. Colleagues are also much more interested in my sketchnotes than in the lengthy, hyper-detailed notes I’m prone to taking. So, here are my take-always from our reading this week.

Author: Tamara Jaimes

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3 thoughts on “Being the Change, #cyberPD 2018: Sketchnoting Chapters 3&4”

  1. I know I am supposed to comment on your contentI’m fascinated by your presentation. So beautiful! And so clear! You captured the content, but then also included your own thinking. Not easy to do in two pages, or at least I don’t think it would be. Wow, wow, wow!

    I really wanted to teach myself sketch noting , it was actually one of my goals for this summer, and you have clearly been doing it awhile. I’ve done some (probably not enough) mucking around in it this summer, but have so many questions. I’m really curious, then, about your process-when you do sketchnotes, do you take regular notes first, and then decide what to pull out and include in your notes? Do you plan them out with pencil, and then ink them in? How long did it take you to do these?


  2. Thank you, Carol! I go back to my sketchnotes and the books much more frequently than I do to the lengthy notes I’m used to recording. Three or four yers ago I learned about sketchnoting from Austin Kleon (STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST, SHOW YOUR WORK). I studied The Doodle Revolution by Sunni Brown and The Sketchnote Workbook by Mike Rhode with the intent of using sketchnotes with kids. I never use it with kids as much as I envision I will, but I definitely plant the seed! I love all of the font ideas and I still resist the drawing, as I have from day one, but both books give excellent tips for getting more comfortable with the drawing. (Note: Mike Rhode has several books. At the time I purchased, the Sketchnote WORKBOOK made the others unnecessary.)

    For these chapters I skimmed first to get a big picture overview, to see how much space I would need for each section. Then I penciled in the chapter titles. For everything else I added the notes in pen as I read.

    I especially like sketchnoting at CCIRA, where I do a rough sketchnote during each session. Then I go back and do a “published” sketchnote of my favorite sessions at home afterward. I find doing the second, final copy, helps me synthesize and solidifies it in my memory.


  3. Love it! The visual, the small graphics, the varying font (that looks computer generated!). You’ve captured the essence of these chapters beautifully. I’m loving all the sketch notes shared, but I asked Paula the same question: You have synthesized the information from the text clearly. Is there any level of your thinking included? I think this is a good next step for readers, even if at the bottom adding: Now I’m thinking …. Just a thought! Thanks for sharing!


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