Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
LibGuides Pathfinders created by Stephen Taylor (@sjtylr) for the Faculty of Western Academy of Beijing. Icons from FlatIcon.com unless otherwise credited.
Visual NoteTaking (Sketchnoting) is a creative way to focus on learning. It is great for vocabulary, organisation, processes and more. Have a go with some of these tips!
- Identify something you need to learn: a topic, concept or problem.
- Think about the key ideas and important information. What do you really need to know?
- How can these ideas be represented with visuals?
- Try to organise one side/page to summarize and synthesise the topic.
- Share your work and get feedback!
What's the science?
The Learning Scientists have a great blog post called "Learn to Study Using Dual Coding". Check it out! Poster below.
The Sketchnote Handbook by This gorgeous, fully illustrated handbook tells the story of sketchnotes--why and how you can use them to capture your thinking visually, remember key information more clearly, and share what you've captured with others. Author Mike Rohde shows you how to incorporate sketchnoting techniques into your note-taking process--regardless of your artistic abilities--to help you better process the information that you are hearing and seeing through drawing, and to actually have fun taking notes. This special video edition includes access to 90+ minutes of video tutorials where viewers can see the author in action, demonstrating drawing techniques discussed in the book.
Call Number: TR 371.30 ROH
Publication Date: 2012-12-03
How to Sketchnote by Discover the Benefits of Doodling Educator and internationally known sketchnoter Sylvia Duckworth makes ideas memorable and shareable with her simple yet powerful drawings. In How to Sketchnote, she explains how you can use sketchnoting in the classroom and that you don't have to be an artist to discover the benefits of doodling Sketchnoting allows students to see the bigger picture in the concepts they are studying, make connections in their learning, and display their learning process--and all of that leads to better retention. In this fun and inviting book, Sylvia equips you with the basic tools you and your students need to introduce doodling and sketchnoting in the classroom. With step-by-step sketchnote practice sessions and 180+ icons you can use or adapt to represent your ideas, How to Sketchnote will inspire you to embrace the doodler within--even if you think you can't draw. Bonus Get Free Access to Sylvia Duckworth's "Sketchnoting Icon Database " "Sylvia Duckworth is the queen of classroom Sketchnoting . . . . Sit down with this book to have your own personal mentor of sketchnoting and start empowering yourself and your students to supercharge ideas and learning." --Vicki Davis, teacher, IT director, and creator of CoolCatTeacher.com "Hooray for visual literacy, sketchnoting as a learning strategy, and Sylvia Duckworth for sharing this important contribution to our digital toolkits as technology-using teachers " --Dr. Wesley Fryer, author of Playing with Media: Simple Ideas for Powerful Sharing "Sylvia has created a great manual of the basics of how to sketchnote for yourself or have students use visual note-taking to support learning." --Kathy Schrock, adjunct professor, higher ed graduate students, Wilkes University "I am blown away by Sylvia's comprehensive guide/manual for sketchnoting for teachers and students. It contains a wealth of useful resources as well as ideas and activities to get started with this visual form of thinking, reflecting, and making your learning visible." --Silvia Tolisano, author of A Guide to Documenting Learning SylviaDuckworth.com
Call Number: TR 379.1 DUC
Publication Date: 2018-10-01
Sketchnote for Educators by Sylvia Duckworth is a Canadian teacher whose sketchnotes have taken social media by storm. Her drawings provide clarity and provoke dialogue on many topics related to education. This book contains 100 of her most popular sketchnotes with links to the original downloads that can be used in class or shared with colleagues. Interspersed throughout the book are Sylvia's reflections on each drawing and what motivated her to create them, in addition to commentary from other educators who inspired the sketchnotes.
Call Number: TR 740 DUC
Publication Date: 2016-12-07
Visual Teams by Graphic tools and visual solutions for team building and development Visual Teams uses visual tools and methods to help teams'both face-to-face and virtual'reach high performance in today's work environment. As teams become more and more global and distributed, visualization provides an important channel of communication'one that opens up the group's mind to improving work systems and processes by understanding relationships, interconnections, and big picture contexts. Visual Teams shares best practices and uses visualization as a power tool for process improvement by providing teams with a common language for high performance. The book: Explores how any kind of team can draw on the principles and practices of creative design teams in the software, architectural, engineering, and information design professions Introduces the Drexler/Sibbet Team Performance? Model and related tools'a system used throughout companies such as Nike, Genentech, Becton Dickinson, Chevron, and others Visual Teams presents a comprehensive framework, best practices, and unique visual tools for becoming an innovative, high-performance team.
Call Number: TR 658.4 SIB
Publication Date: 2011-10-11
Visual Meetings by Use eye-popping visual tools to energize your people! Just as social networking has reclaimed the Internet for human interactivity and co-creation, the visual meetings movement is reclaiming creativity, productivity, and playful exchange for serious work in groups. Visual Meetings explains how anyone can implement powerful visual tools, and how these tools are being used in Silicon Valley and elsewhere to facilitate both face-to-face and virtual group work. This dynamic and richly illustrated resource gives meeting leaders, presenters, and consultants a slew of exciting tricks and tools, including Graphic recording, visual planning, story boarding, graphic templates, idea mapping, etc. Creative ways to energize team building, sales presentations, staff meetings, strategy sessions, brainstorming, and more Getting beyond paper and whiteboards to engage new media platforms Understanding emerging visual language for leading groups Unlocking formerly untapped creative resources for business success, Visual Meetings will help you and your team communicate ideas more effectively and engagingly.
Call Number: TR 658.4
Publication Date: 2010-08-09
Archidoodle by This innovative book is the first to provide a fun, interactive way to learn about architecture. Filled with an array of beautiful and elegant drawings, it poses all manner of architectural challenges for the user: from designing your own skyscraper, to drawing an island house or creating a Constructivist monument, plus many others more. Aimed at anyone who loves drawing buildings, it encourages the user to imagine their own creative solutions by sketching, drawing and painting in the pages of the book. In so doing, they will learn about a whole range of significant architectural issues, such as the importance of site and materials, how to furnish a space, how to read plans, how to create sustainable cities and so on. The book also includes numerous examples of works and ideas by major architects to draw inspiration from and will appeal to everyone from children to students to architects.
Call Number: TR 720.28
Publication Date: 2013-10-22
Creative Lettering and Beyond by Creative Lettering and Beyond combines the artistic talents, inspirational tips, and tutorials of four professional hand letterers and calligraphers for a dynamic and interactive learning experience. After a brief introduction to the various tools and materials, artists and lettering enthusiasts will learn how to master the art of hand lettering and typography through easy-to-follow step-by-step projects, prompts, and exercises. From the basic shape and form of letters to cursive script, spacing, and alignment, artists will discover how to transform simple words, phrases, and quotes into beautiful works of hand-lettered art. The interactive format and step-by-step process offers inspirational instruction for a wide variety of fun projects and gift ideas, including hand-rendered phrases on paper and digitally enhanced note cards. Artists will also discover how to apply lettering to linen, coffee mugs, calendars, and more. Numerous practice pages and interactive prompts throughout the book invite readers to put their newfound lettering skills to use, as well as work out their artistic ideas. Covering a variety of styles and types of lettered art, including calligraphy, illustration, chalk lettering, and more, artists will find a plethora of exercises and tips to help them develop their own unique lettering style.
Call Number: TR 745.6 KIR
Publication Date: 2014-11-03
What is sketchnoting
Sketchnoting is defined as creative, individualized notetaking that uses a mix of linguistic and nonlinguistic representation, aka words and pictures together.
Get started with Sketchnoting
Were you one of those students who always reached for a pen while listening to teachers or classmates? If so, you likely also remember being told to “stop doodling and pay attention!”
Sketchnoting and why it's important
Back in 2006, a man named Michael Rohde had the idea to harness the power of doodling and use it to create more memorable notes.
Sketchnotes: Tools and tactics for visual notetaking
More resources and links and videos for sketchnoting
Doodling in math class video series and internet videos like Hexaflexagons and Twelve Tones, or Parable of the Polygons, and virtual reality research like four dimensional and hyperbolic VR, as seen in Nature and the New York Times.
The Noun Project
Icons for everything
Over 2 Million curated icons, created by a global community
1,498,500 vector icons grouped in 31,050 packs. The largest database of free icons available in PNG, SVG, EPS, PSD and BASE 64 formats.
Sylvia is an avid sketchnoter, AIM French teacher and Tech Coach, Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, Apple Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator with 32 years of teaching experience in the public and independent school systems.
Verbal to Visual
Verbal to Visual is a project designed to help you tap into the visual processing powers of your brain.
Via the blog and our courses, you’ll learn how to use hand-sketched notes as a powerful learning, problem-solving, and idea-sharing tool.
Dr. Sue Pillans
Sketchnote your science
I am an Aussie marine scientist, artist, children’s author/illustrator and graphic recorder who specialises in creative and visual communications. I love to live my life in colour and believe in the power of positive storytelling. I combine my training as a marine scientist and my experience as a strategic planner with my imaginative skills as an artist to help people, teams and organisations to “Picture your ideas” through visual storytelling.
Transform your ideas into stunning visual stories
Create impactful graphics, web pages and video stories in minutes with Spark’s free graphic design app
The most exciting thing about the whole journey is seeing the diversity of creativity that comes out of playing with Rory’s Story Cubes®. We love hearing about novels written, illustrations drawn, music composed, short film shot and role-playing games mastered, all with the inspiration from a roll of Rory’s Story Cubes.
Dual Coding from the Learning Scientists