In this sketchnote, I chose to make a multimedia representation of the information presented in Chapter 4 of our EdTech 513 textbook. This document focuses on the psychological reasons for the multimedia principle and includes some notations on the importance of using words and pictures in e-learning.
To begin this assignment, I reread over the relevant sections in Chapter 4. As I read through the information I underlined the specific material I wanted to highlight in my sketchnote. I thought it would be a good idea to first sketch out my ideas using paper and pencil. At the same time I searched for some additional videos to help me better understand the sketchnoting process as this was definitely a new concept for me. After sketching out a practice version, I made the final copy of the sketchnote (shown above) using paper, pencil, fine-tip markers, and colored pencils.
I did experience some challenges with this process. According to everything I read and watched you do not have to be an artist to do sketchnoting. That being said, my own lack of talent in this area made me nervous. My running joke I use is that I can’t even draw a stick figure. The second challenge also relates to my lack of artistic talent. I don’t usually think in terms of pictures and images. I spent several hours on this assignment due to the fact that the creating and drawing process does not come easy to me. I would much rather just take notes.
Even though this was challenging for me, I saw some very positive effects from it. I can genuinely say that sketchnoting greatly enhanced the note taking process. The tactile process of putting pencil to paper helped me to better remember the important points from the chapter. I could see the connections between the concepts especially as I recalled the images that I used to illustrate the ideas and even the feel of making them.
While I am not a K-12 teacher, I certainly saw how this process could contribute to the growth of student learning. I took my sketchnote into my office to scan it and my two coworkers both asked about it when they saw it sitting in on my desk. Like me, one said that he could never do something like this because his brain doesn’t work in this way. The other, who incidentally was a fine arts major, remarked how this was exactly what she did in her notes all through school. The tactile process of pencil to paper could really help kinesthetic learners as well. As the authors of our textbook clearly point out there is a substantial amount of research that shows that people learn better when information is presented in both words and pictures.
My initial idea with the assignment was to first create a paper copy and then attempt to recreate the scetchnote in one of the many scetching apps. I found this one that seems really neat and potentially useful in my work as a librarian. It’s called Sketchboard.io. It is an online sketching and diagramming program designed for a team environment. At my institution much of our work as librarians overlaps with each other. We each serve as the point person for some of our services; however, we all help each other out to make sure that the programs are running smoothly and each task is covered. I could see us collaborating and sharing ideas using this Sketchboard program. We could then throw it up on the big screen at our staff meetings to share our progress. The one really cool thing about this program was that virtually all of the images on my sketchnote were included in Sketchboard’s image stockpile. It would have been fairly easy for me to reproduce my sketchnote in electronic form.
As I started recreating the image in Sketchboard though I began to realize that this process did not produce the same feelings as the paper and pencil did. In the end I decided to stick with the paper version as I was able to witness the advantages for using this process. There is one thing about sketchnoting, however, that still lingers with me. I would bet that there are some people who use sketchnoting as their primary note taking style. There is no way, however, that I could listen to a lecture and take notes in this fashion. Personally, I see sketchnoting as a complement to my traditional note-taking. I would use the sketchnoting process as a way to reinforce and remember what I learned.
This artifact meets the 3.1 Creating Standard as it fully describes my understanding of the multimedia principle and how this concept enhances student learning. Through various research studies, the textbook authors demonstrate how the multimedia principle, or the use of words and pictures, contributes to the growth of student learning. Additionally, this artifact covers the 3.2 Using Standard. Throughout the process of creating this artifact, I considered all of my options and in the end decided to complete the project in a more helpful and useful way using traditional items such as paper, pencil, and markers.