Welcome to my blog!
This is a blog about graphic recording, and mostly focuses on topics related to education.
What is graphic recording?
Graphic recording is the craft of recording ideas and processes visually. It is typically employed with facilitated groups wanting a visually appealing record of their session. The graphic recorder listens attentively to group contributions, and attempts to link and organize ideas in a logical and meaningful manner. This process is known to appeal to visual learners, inspire participants, encourage participation and creativity, and produces a visual that can be utilized in a variety of ways.
How I got into graphic recording:
I started graphic recording at informal sessions where instructors discussed readings on the theme of Education and professional practice in 2011, and people continue to seek me out to provide this service at facilitated sessions. I am learning so much through these experiences, and look forward to more graphic recording opportunities in a diversity of areas. Currently, I attend facilitated meetings and group sessions where I record the group’s process in a large-scale format. I also bring my sketchbook along to conferences and meetings where I basically doodle my notes and try to remember to post them here.
My vision for this blog:
As I get more comfortable with graphic recording and more consistent with my blogging, I hope that my wordpress site becomes a space for dialogue and critical discussion about the issues I am recording. When I record a session in this way, I remember so much more than if I listen without taking notes. I also think more critically about the topics being presented/discussed because I am retrieving and processing information in ways that I don’t do if I am not trying to represent the ideas with symbols, text and linking. I have a sense that this can be a useful tool for students, but there might be a lot of front-end work to prepare them and get them into the habit of creative sketch noting/recording. In my experience, looking back at that sketchbook after a conference or a series of sessions, I have a lot more knowledge than if I hadn’t taken these notes in such a visually-appealing (to me, anyway) manner. I’d love to hear your ideas on the potential for graphic recording/sketchnoting with students!
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