While the 8th graders were away in Washington, the other middle school students had a chance to experiment with using the Flipink app to take Visual/Sketchnotes. We used a series of sermons from Saddleback Church on happiness – each student could select which sermon to listen to. While they listened, they used the iPad to take notes. They were able to pause the sermon when needed and also look at some written notes to help them as they sketched. (Here is the link to the student lesson resources, including a video introduction to visual notetaking, some of my note examples, and links to the sermons they used.) Here you can see the students at work:
Here are their sketchnotes:
Monica actually created an entire notebook of sketches from the sermon that she listened to. We loaded the images into the Splice app so she could make a video with narration where she talked about making her sketchnotes:
Students, I would love some feedback on this activity. Please leave me a comment of at least 3 sentences comment about (click on the comments if you are interested in reading what they students had to say):
- What you liked/didn’t like about sketchnoting
- How did taking sketchnotes help your learning and understanding of the sermon? Were there any negatives to taking notes this way?
- What did you like/not like about the Flipink app?
- Finally, tell me something that you learned about happiness from the sermon
Flipink is currently available on iTunes for $1.99: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flipink/id609426490?mt=8 I like this app for taking sketchnotes because it has a good intuitive set of drawing tools that can be customized for size and transparency. I also like that you can create notebooks, add lines or a grid to draw on, and can add text and images. It does not have layers, fill, or customized background options.