Today in my EDCI 336 class we discussed the many benefits of Sketch-noting. In the presentation by Rich McCue, he explained how laptop note takers remember less than their pen & paper counterparts because they are processing lecture content at shallower levels & therefore remember less. When students take notes with a pen & paper they are having to condense the material and put it into their own words because they are unable to keep up with the lecturer otherwise. This method helps move information from short to long term memory very effectively. On the other hand, laptop note takers have more difficulty recalling information because they are not summarizing it but writing it down word-for-word off the lecturer’s slides

  • Sketch-noting
    • engages your whole mind
    • creates a visual map
    • helps w/ concentration
    • taps your visual language
    • 70% of people remember material if they draw a picture while only 30% of people remember it by just writing it down
  • Tips
    • use google image search for inspiration
    • patterns- linear, radial, vertical, path, modular, skyscraper, popcorn
    • make your drawings in 4 seconds or less- no detail needed
  • Process
    • start w/ a title &/or drawn photo of speaker or topic
    • proceed with your notes

I personally think that sketch-noting has many benefits but it would take a lot of practice to use effectively in a classroom setting. I also am a perfectionist so creating 4-second pictures would be difficult for me to do, whereas writing down notes is quick & simple in my mind. I can easily write down words without worrying about what they look like because I have so much practice note-taking. I would like to change up my note-taking to incorporate more sketch-noting techniques because I am prone to just copying down word-for-word what is on my professor’s slides. I think that it will be a learning curve but I am excited to see how it helps with moving my learning into my long-term memory.


Video Conference w/ Ian Landy

On Tuesday, my EDCI 336 class had the opportunity to have a video conference with Ian Landy (, the principal of a rural school on the Shuswap and an advocator for the use of e-portfolios in schools. When I walked into the video conference classroom at my university I was greeted with the image of myself on one of the big screens you can see in the photo below. Needless to say, I have never experienced something like this before and was embarrassed to see my face on the big screen. The cameras were motion censored so if you put your hand up to answer/ask a question the camera would turn to you & zoom in like you were caught on the kiss cam at a hockey game. The video conference itself was a reminder to me of how impressive and beneficial multimedia learning experiences can be. Here I am, sitting in my classroom on Vancouver Island and I am able to have a face-to-face conversation with Ian Landy, who lives 2 ferry rides away, without leaving the room.

Video Conference Room at Uvic

I found what Mr. Landy had to say about e-portfolios to be very intriguing. His school uses these instead of report cards and has found his students respond a lot better to them. Mr. Landy argues that you can’t show creativity on a report card, and that this method insures that students are not compared to one another and instead showcases a student’s personal growth. E-portfolios decrease stress in students because they don’t have to worry about getting a number value put on their hard work. If a student doesn’t do well on a project, you just wouldn’t include it in their portfolio but instead show something that best showcases their abilities. E-portfolios also encourage learning for the sense of learning since students aren’t just copying work down or cheating in order to get a good mark.

I think that e-portfolios are a great method for formative assessment/evaluation in elementary schools, but realistically I don’t think they would work for high schools. When applying for universities, you usually give your average grades and then, if your grades are high enough, you will be asked to show your resume or past examples of your abilities. However, if every single student had an e-portfolio instead of their average grades, the acceptance process would take forever to complete and I just can’t see universities accepting this method.