As a part of our sketchnote unit, students watched videos from the PBS World Explorers Videos series and then selected one video to illustrate by creating a digital sketchnote. The sketchnote strategy is an excellent way to help students focus on, process, and remember content while watching media. Students created their sketchnotes using iPads while watching the video on computers in the computer lab (see photos above), but this could just as easily be done with the video playing for the entire class using a projector. Students used a variety of apps including:
- Flipink (paid)
- SketchbookX (free)
- Tayasui Sketches (free/in app purchases)
- Paper53 (free)
- Note: any drawing app could be used, as well as doing it with paper, pencil, markers, etc.
Here are the sketchnotes that the students created:
All of the students are blogging their media projects this year using Kidblog. Students have posted their sketchnotes and their reflections on this unit here: https://kidblog.org/class/scs-ms-multimedia-tech16/posts
Here is the link to the PBS World Explorers Collection Videos. These colorful short videos are perfect to use with the sketchnote strategy.
We used my free iTunesU course Digital Sketchnotes for Visualizing Learning to help the students learn about what sketchnotes are and how to create them using drawing apps.You can also find more information about sketchnotes at my resource page: