Archive for Sketchnotes

Styluses and Sketchnotes with Second Grade


Over the past few weeks, the second students have been learning to use styluses to draw on iPads. We used the Drawing Pad app. Students explored the different drawing tools, while learning to adjust the size of lines and pinching in to add details to their drawings. They made pictures of fall vocabulary words.

The following week students worked on creating sketchnotes over a nonfiction story from their reading book about exploring space.

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In these sketchnotes, the students used words and pictures to visualize the important things you need to explore space based on what they had read. Here are a few examples of their sketchnotes:

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ISTE 2017 Presentations


I am very excited to be attending and presenting at the ISTE conference at the end of June! ISTE is the International Society for Technology in Education. This conference draws over 15,000 educators from around the world. I am so blessed to be able to share the amazing work of the students at Southfield Christian School at this conference!

Here is a list of the sessions that I will be presenting/participating in during the conference:

Digital Sketchnotes for Visualizing Learning – 3 hour workshop, 216AB

Saturday, June 24, 12:30–3:30 pm

Link to Resource Page

No More Flat Stanley: Learning in 3D – 217BC

Monday, June 26, 3:00–4:00 pm

Link to Resource Page

I See What You Mean: Strategies to Engage the Visual Learner  – with Jenny Grabiec, 221C

Monday, June 26, 10:00–11:00 am

Tuesday, June 27, 4:15–5:15 pm

Wednesday, June 28, 1:00–2:00 pm

Link to Resource Page

Apple Distinguished Educator iPlayground: Rethinking Book Reports with iPad and iBooks Author, Hemisfair Ballroom Foyer

Tuesday, June 27, 2:30 – 3:00

Link to Book Shelfies 2017

Link to Book Shelfies 2015

ADEchat Live – I will be one of the participants in the live Twitter Chat!

Tuesday, June 27, 6:00 pm

Follow the #ADEchat hashtag


Fourth Grade Digital Sketchnotes

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The fourth graders just completed a unit on creating digital sketchnotes as a technique to help them document and recall things they are learning. They used a story from their reading textbook called “The Bison of Caprock Canyons” to practice this skill. Using the FlipInk app on their iPads, they created a sketchnote that shared important ideas that they had learned in the story. (Sadly, the FlipInk app is not currently available on the iTunes app store.)

Here are the sketchnotes that the students created. (A few may have not been finished or saved and may be missing.) Click on any note to see it full screen.

Fourth graders, please leave a comment of 2 or 3 sentences. Tell about what you learned about creating sketchnotes, how sketchnotes might help you with your learning, and what you liked or didn’t like about this activity.




Fourth Grade Sketchnote Resources

Fourth graders, first watch this video. It will give you background on the different elements that are a part of a sketchnote:

Then open the Flipink app. Watch this video that shows you how to use the Flipink app. You may pause the video and test out the app while you watch.

When you are done, go back and watch the first video again. Use Flipink and try to make examples of the following sketchnote elements:

  • Structure
  • Text – try thin, thick, and fancy text
  • Simple drawings
  • Containers
  • Lines – especially arrows

If you finish, you may practice drawing anything you want using the Flipink app. Next week, we will be creating a sketchnote from a story from your reading book.



Second Grade Space Sketchnotes

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The second graders recently read an article about “Exploring Space” in their classes. This week in technology class, they used the Drawing Pad app on our iPads to make a sketchnote that showed what they learned about this question:

“What do people need to live and explore space?”

Here you can see some of the students very intently at work:

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Although not everyone was able to complete their sketchnote during our classtime, they did a great job showing what they learned with words and pictures. Here are a few examples of their sketchnotes (click on the thumbnail picture to see the full sketchnote).


The Drawing Pad app is currently available on the app store for $1.99. It is one of my favorite drawing apps for elementary students.

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