Sketchnoting for understanding

The Diploma Design class has a lot of material to cover, much of it quite dense. The challenge, from the teacher's point of view, is to find a way to get students to engage in the content that is challenging, meaningful, and collaborative. 


We are experimenting with giant sketchnotes, as a form for researching and delving into knowledge. I've been interested in using sketchnotes for awhile as they hold great potential for organizing and reflecting upon knowledge.

Through this activity, students slow-down and consider how they will present the information they gather. This act of slowing down and reflecting is actually helping them process the information more quickly and deeply. Furthermore, just making the notes by hand and being off a digital device for a change encourages them to engage with the material in a fresh way.