I recently found a really cool image online that I want to share with you. I have used Canva.com and some other tools for creating pictures but this picture was a few levels above what I am capable of.
The image I found is what is known as the “Iceberg” Sketchnote. I’d never heard of a Sketchnote before but I was impressed with them and immediately recognized a role for Sketchnotes in the class.
My problem was, “How could I ever make one of these?”
The “Iceberg” Sketchnote is one of many “Sketchnotes” created by Sylvia Duckworth.
Sylvia is an award-winning, recently retired teacher in Canada who has over 30 years of teaching experience. Below she and shares how she makes Sketchnotes, who she looked up to in education, why visuals are important for your classroom, and how to access more of her work.
Sylvia’s mantra is “Connect, Collaborate, Create” and she is constantly searching for ways to enable teachers and students to maximize these opportunities. She is a Google Certified Innovator, a Level 1 and 2 Google Educator, a Google Certified Trainer, an Apple Teacher and an Apple Distinguished Educator. She is the author of the book “Sketchnotes for Educators”. You can find her resources at sylviaduckworth.com and her store at sylviaduckworth.shop. You can follow Sylvia here on Instagram, here on Youtube, and here on Twitter.
How long have you been teaching?
What is your current role in education?
I have recently retired and am an educational consultant.
What would you say are some of your specialties as a teacher?
Sketchnoting and technology integration.
Can you tell us about how you got started with your amazing graphics?
I started drawing on my iPad about 3 years ago when I noticed other teachers sketchnoting and posting their drawings on social media. I realized it was a great way to summarize an idea in a way that appealed to the viewer.
What are some of your favorites?
Do you build them for teachers or students? Or both?
Mostly for teachers.
How could other teachers take advantage of this?
I invite teachers to take a look at my collection on Flickr or on my store and to use the images to provoke classroom or staffroom discussions, or to use them in their own lesson plans and presentations.
Sylvia uses the ProCreate app for the iPad.
Why are visuals important for education?
Many studies have proven that images are much more effective than words when it comes to comprehension, memory retention and motivation. This is a good reason for teachers to try to take up sketchnoting themselves and to encourage their students to take visual notes as well.
What teachers do you look up to?
So many! In sketchnoting, my personal guru was Karen Bosch (@karlyb on Twitter) when I first got started. Now sketchnoters like Wanda Terrell, Misty Kluesner and Cate Tolnai are doing great things by promoting sketchnoting in education with the #Sketch50 initiative. Holly Clark, Head of EdTechTeam Press has also been a great supporter of mine in the past couple of years and was behind the publication of my book, Sketchnotes for Educators.
What teachers do you follow online? This could be on Twitter, Facebook, url, author, podcaster, etc.
Oooh, too many to recommend! I suggest instead of focussing on individuals to follow, educators should research hashtags that they are interested in and set up columns on Tweetdeck.
How do you keep life as a teacher fun? Keep the stress manageable, etc.?
I highly recommend retirement! But if that’s not an option, I suggest finding a creative outlet.
How can teachers stay in touch with you and your work?
Thank you! Check out Sylvia’s book full of sketchnotes for teachers.