Last week in class we learned all about sketchnoting and Twine. I really enjoyed this class and felt like I came away having learned a lot.
Sketchnoting is something that really interests me but I know it’s something that I’ll have to work on to improve with. For those who don’t know, sketchnoting is using symbols as well as words to take notes. There is loads of research to back up why this is beneficial to use while learning and taking notes. I admittedly have very poor printing. I don’t like the way my writing looks and because of this, I tend to type everything if possible. I also have a very shaky hand because of medications that I have to take so drawing straight lines or pictures is challenging for me. I am a person who constantly is writing in my planner and using different colours to classify things so sketchnoting makes sense for me. I am a visual person so having things draw out in different colours is very helpful for me. I liked that in class we practiced drawing various icons and got a chance to spend the time to “play” with them. In the future, I would like to use sketchnoting more but I don’t think I would be able to take notes as quickly as I can on my computer. I want to begin by using it to journal and maybe when I am taking reading notes before I begin using it during lectures. I also want to use it when I listen to podcasts or Ted talks.
Twine was interesting for me as well. For those who don’t know, Twine is a platform where you can create “choose your own adventure” stories. I can see myself using this tool with students in older grades and even with younger grades as a class. I wish I was more creative with my use of it. Just before our class last week I was talking to my sister on the phone (she lives in Calgary) and so I decided to make a Twine story to send to my sister. I made a story called Claire’s Best Day Ever where the choices were just different ways for her to spend her day. I think she liked it and I liked getting to discover this new tool.