Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Inspiring Creativity with Animated Sketchnotes in Keynote

Post also appears on FTISEdTech

Last night I participated in an #AppleEDUChat for Animated Sketchnoting and the learning was too good not to share right away.

I have long seen the value in using Sketchnoting as a strategy for engaging learners in summarizing, visualizing and remembering content. There are lots of apps you might use with your class to encourage this activity including: Jamboard, Paper 53, most of our Microsoft Apps (PowerPoint, Word, OneNote) include a drawing tab, and Sketches for School shows some promise. 

Last night, however, I was completely blown away by the use of Keynote as a sketchnoting and animation tool. What on the surface looks like just another presentation tool, is in reality a seriously robust application that we have not been using to its potential. at all.

In just a few minutes I was playing and learning new strategies as the chat happened.

How It's Done

Challenge to 3-5th grade students

I was so inspired by my own learning last night, I threw out a Fall Break Curious and Critical Thinking challenge to 3-5th graders on Schoology. The first three students to share an animated sketchnote using Keynote on Schoology will receive a small prize, with bonus for kids who share a "How To". I encouraged them to do what I do, Google directions. 

When we get back from break, you might encourage your class to try this and show them the video - or better yet, let them discover the strategies for themselves by googling, playing and sharing with each other. 

I'm also available to come and help your students learn this fascinating skill!

Twitter Chats

You can learn so much from joining in on a Twitter chat like last night's #AppleEDUChat. If you would like to learn more about participating in a chat like that, let me know, I can help you out. 

Here are some of my favorite tweets from last night!