We are so blessed to have 13 new Apple Pencils that our students can use on our iPads. They were purchased with some of the prize money that our middle school students won a few years ago in the Meijer Great Choices video contest. The seventh-grade students worked through the Everyone Can Sketchnote workbook in Keynote using the Apple pencil to practice new drawing skills and iPad tricks. Then they created a sketchnote of their choice about a book, Bible story, or a science/social studies topic.
Students, your sketchnotes were amazing! I loved taking a closer look at them as I was grading them. Here is a gallery showing everyone’s sketchnotes. Click on the image to see a larger view.
A few students explored animating their sketchnotes using the tools available in Keynote. Here are a few video examples:
Students, please write a reflection of at least 3 sentences about our Keynote/Sketchnote Unit. Tell me about:
What did you think of the workbook activities we did at the beginning in Keynote? What did you learn from them? Do you have any suggestions on how I could make the workbook better for future students? (I really would like to know your suggestions – please give MY project feedback!)
What did you learn about sketchnotes, Keynote, and/or the Apple Pencil?
What were your strengths in your sketchnote? What is something you could improve next time?
Students, first watch the video on Sketchnote Elements:
Next, view the tutorials below to view which will demonstrate the drawing apps that we are going to use for our sketchnote. Please watch at least 2 tutorials and decide which app you like better and want to use for your upcoming project. Use your iPad and a stylus to try them out while watching the tutorials and after you are finished watching them. Then practice and explore using the app you like best.
The MS Tech Class has not only been making amazing sketchnotes (see this post), but also has been using the Apple Clips app to explain their sketchnotes by adding narration and annotation. Check out their videos, then click on the link underneath to see a blog post where each student wrote to share about the visual learning strategies that they have been learning!
MJ’s Blog Post
Drew’s Blog Post
Kendall’s Blog Post
Cameron’s Blog Post
Lilly’s Blog Post
Jordan’s Blog Post
Mehki’s Blog Post
The Apple Clips app is a wonderful free addition to classroom learning. It lets you combine photos, video clips, audio narration, closes captioning, titles, text boxes, annotations, emoji’s, and music into short Instagram style videos. It can be used in all subject areas in a variety of ways – I especially like to use it as a way for students to share and reflect on the things they are learning.
Over the past week, students in the Multimedia Tech class worked on making digital sketchnotes on our iPads. They tested out several drawing apps, selected their favorite (most chose the Tayasui Sketches app) and then worked on a non-fiction sketchnote from their science or social studies book.
Sketchnotes are about ideas, not art. The purpose is to link words with simple pictures to create a visual document of learning that is easy to remember. Here are some examples of their work:
One student told me that making the sketchnote really helped her with a test retake. Here is a video clip where she talks about the benefits of sketchnotes:
Students also worked on making sketchnotes based on a fictional book. Here are a few more examples of their work (note: a few of these are missing, will try to add next week).
It was exciting to see students explore drawing apps and learn to use new techniques like layers as they worked on putting their ideas into pictures. Next week we will be adding voice and annotations to their sketchnotes using the Apple Clips app!
Students, first watch the video on Sketchnote Elements:
Next, view the tutorials below to view which will demonstrate the drawing apps that we are going to use for our sketchnote. Please watch at least 2 tutorials and decide which app you like better and want to use for your upcoming project. Use your iPad and a stylus to
try them out while watching the tutorials and after you are finished watching them. Then practice and explore using the app you like best.
Paper 53 tutorial:
If you finish early, you may try to make a Selfie Portrait.
Here is the tutorial on how to make a selfie portrait. Watch the tutorial and pause it as you watch to follow the steps to make your own Selfie Portrait!
The sixth graders recently completed a unit on creating digital sketchnotes. They created a “how to” sketchnote which included all the elements which they learned about from our tutorials. (See earlier post if you are interested in the tutorials that we used.) The students choose between the Flipink, Sketchbook X, and Tayasui Sketches Pro apps to make their sketchnotes. Here is their work – click on an image to view it larger!
After our lesson, I was very impressed with all the students who used the sketchnote strategy while listening in chapel. Check out their work!
If you finish your sketchnote, you may make another sketchnote of your choice, draw an amazing picture with the app of your choice, or follow this video to make a selfie portrait using Sketchbook X.
Students, here are the tutorial videos for you to watch to learn about what a sketchnote is and what the parts of a sketchnote are. Please watch both videos and take sketchnotes on your worksheet as you watch them.
When you are done with these videos above and have filled in the front of your worksheet, then view the three tutorials below to view which will demonstrate the drawing apps that we are going to use for our sketchnote. Please watch at least 2 tutorials and decide which app you like better and want to use for your upcoming project. Use your iPad and a stylus to try them out while watching the tutorials and after you are finished watching them. Then practice and explore using the app you like best.
Last week the 6th graders spent some time learning about using drawing apps to create digital sketchnotes. (See previous posts to view the videos that we used to introduce the drawing apps and the basics of sketchnotes.) The students used a drawing app of their choice to create a sketchnote on “How To” do an activity or skill. The emphasis for this activity was not to be a great artist, but to communicate with ideas with words and simple pictures in an organized way. Here is a gallery of the student sketchnotes. (Click on an image to see it full sized.)
Creating a “How To” sketchnote is a good lesson to introduce this note taking skill because students are drawing from their personal experience rather than having to process reading or listening while making the notes. Hopefully the skills learned can transfer to genuine notetaking activites!