As I sat in sessions this week at the Online Learning Summit, I pulled out my iPad and pencil like I usually do and started sketching. It’s always fascinating to watch – sometimes it’s puzzled looks, there’s sometimes a nice comment or question. It usually starts with a question about the app which usually leads to sharing a bit about my journey. Sometimes it concludes with a passing comment that I must be artistic and I cringe slightly. Have they seen my blog people?
Sometimes you wish you could show people where it started: the really odd colour combos, messy printing and uneven shapes. As I sketched away over the last few years, I found my own short cuts, my own style, my own symbols.
You can hear a bit more about my journey here:
As I was sketching today I realized how happy I am that I found a tool and process that works for me. It helps me remember, helps me share, helps me stay calm and focused. What’s the tool/process that helps you make sense of the learn?
If you have ever wanted to start sketchnoting, I’ve tried to break my process down into a few different challenges. I shared them in the summer, but they work any time of year I promise.
It was after one of the big Apple events online that I read somewhere that an ad for the iPhone had been created in Keynote. Like many I caught myself saying: ‘Keynote?’ I had only used it as a presentation tool (like Powerpoint and Slides) to date. How did all that other magic happen?
Of course I had to figure it out! Keynote, like other slide tools has timed animations and another secret tool in Magic Moves that make really creative animations possible. Whether it’s a summary, introduction, recap Keynote helped me visualize it. I may be a little addicted. You can check out some of the examples in the playlist below:
Every time I show a clip to a friend they ask HOW DID YOU MAKE IT? I tried to break in down into 4 short clips including 3 brief challenges that you could try at any age. I usually avoid speaking parts so excuse this early attempt and the funky sound but I hope it helps you to start animating!
Learning the different animations options means you can more meaningfully select movements that support your storyline. I show you on a MAC in this clip but can be done on an iPad or even phone. By the end you will have an animated quote to share.