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 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:
- Text – try thin, thick, and fancy text
- Simple drawings
- 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.
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:
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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