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Drawing in class: Rachel Smith at TEDxUFM

Here's a great presentation by Rachel Smith of The Grove on the value of sketchnoting and visual note-taking in class.

A few key quotes from Rachel:

When you use visual note-taking though, you have to listen to whats being said, you have to really hear it and you have to understand it. Because that's the only way you're going to come up with an image that connects what you're hearing, with what you already know in your mind."
Visual note taking opens the door for more playful connections between information — for students to use their imaginations, in an activity than can often be very passive — note-taking."

Watch it! This is most definitely worth 18 minutes of your time!


First Sketchnotes: Amit Kapoor @amitkaps


Here are the first sketchnotes from Amit Kapoor, who gave sketchnoting a try at The Fifth Elephant 2013 conference, in Bangalore.

He writes:

I have always wanted to combine the cognitive skill of listening with the visual skill of sketching. Below is my attempt to combine the two, while attending The Fifth Elephant, 2013

I believe there is a different kind of learning - when you are listening (aural) vs. when you are writing (visual) vs. when you are doing (kinesthetic). And if you can combine any two of these together in one session, then there is an order of magnitude increase in the learning.

Visual sketching in real-time while listening to these talks was my first attempt to do this. While I am not an artist by any stretch of imagination, I could always doodle a little bit. And I always liked taking notes. So I tried to be a more active participant in the conference and ensured I had a thick sketch-paper and a black gel pen. And this is what emerged!

I just love this story! Amit mentioned he learned of sketchnotes through my Sketchnote Typeface, which is pretty amazing.

I love the First Sketchnote stories, because they really prove anyone who wants to, can sketchnote. Just ask Amit.


Steve Jobs Biography Sketchnotes - Ru Cindrea @ru_altom

Ru Cindrea, a Romanian living in Helsinki Finland, decided a good way to learn sketchnoting would be by sketchnoting a book. So, Steve Jobs biography was the choice. Here you can see sketchnotes from the book by Ru:

Ru - Steve Jobs

See the other sketchnotes on Ru's Sketchnotes website, including Ru's first sketchnote.

Great work Ru!


First Sketchnote: Willem van Zyl @willemvzyl

Willem van Zyl from Cape Town, South Africa captured his first sketchnotes talk at Startup Grind in Cape Town of speaker Nic Haralambous :


Loving the bold hand-lettering Willem is using on this sketchnote and the fun he had trying out several different structures within the sketchnote.

Great work Willem! Keep on sketchnoting!


Science Centre Mineral Sketchnotes by @sarahsteenland

Sarah Steenland, an illustrator living on a boat in Australia, was at the science centre recently and shared her sketchnotes of minerals:


I love how she's having fun with lettering, drawings and descriptions here, particularly the BONES type. :-)

Rock on Sarah!