make your learning sketchy this November.

How do I get my sketch on? 

  1. Use The Noun Project, and provide access to relevant icons to allow you/your students to think about a bank of images related to your course.
  2. Keep it simple. Remember that visual note taking is not about designing a beautiful work of art.  It is about communicating and curating ideas. The Verbal to Visual Youtube course is phenomenal.  This guide to structuring visual notes is a great place to start.
  3. Get familiar with Sunni Brown.  Her TED talk ‘Doodlers Unite!‘ is worth the six minutes. If you dig Instagram, her account is a great one to follow. (Sidebar, the story behind Instagram would make for a perfect podcast to sketchnotify with the Entrepreneur course).

What might this look like in a DP class?

Pretty rad.  The collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity needed for students to construct a visual notes mural is what the cool kids call ‘ninja level.’  Below you’ll find a video of my thoughts on the work my IBDP Language and Literature students did with visual note taking and exam prep.  Full disclosure:  the video is a few years old, and back then I was clearly doing some weird thing with my voice, and I really liked  jazzy loops back then too.  Apologies. If you’d like to facilitate a visual note-taking session with your students, I’m always grateful to be invited into lessons.

PS if you prefer the iPad as your note-taking device of preference, do yourself a favor and get this free download (and congratulate Nicki Hambleton on the Dover Campus for being on the authoring team)

Shout out to Flickr for providing so many amazing Creative Commons images, the cover image for this post is courtesy of :


i like doodling