iPads für Beginner: Ideen für den Turnunterricht

Viele Lehrpersonen nutzen zahlreiche Fortbildungsangebote um zu erfahren, wie Digitale Medien im Unterricht didaktisch sinnvoll eingesetzt werden können. Besonders zu loben sind die, die wenig Computer-Kenntnisse haben, sich trauen dies zuzugeben und bereit sind, sich auf Neues für ihre Praxis einzulassen. Für solche Beginner sammle ich Ideen für den Einsatz von Apps und Plattformen, die das Lernen in spezifischen Fächern unterstützen kann. Wie sieht es beispielsweise im Turnunterricht aus? Welche Möglichkeiten gibt es, Tablets zu verwenden?  „iPads für Beginner: Ideen für den Turnunterricht“ weiterlesen


Mikrofortbildungen braucht das Land!

Lehrende sollten sich fortbilden. Grundsätzlich ist die Lernbereitschaft vieler Kolleginnen und Kollegen vorhanden. Vielen nutzen Angebote an der eigenen Schule, an Pädagogische Hochschulen oder online. Doch der hektischer Schulalltag erschwert die Sache schwer. Woher die Zeit und vor allem die Energie dafür finden? Zwischen vorbereiten, organiseren, präsentieren, korrigieren, kommunizieren und vieles mehr, muss privat Zeit für Familie, Entspannung oder Verpflichtungen auch noch sein. Nicht so leicht.

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Teachers of the internet, this is our time to shine!

It is no secret that the internet and related technological innovations have brought many opportunities for educators worldwide to connect with each other share resources and learn in ways not seen or experienced before. The world has become our classroom. And what goes on in our classrooms no longer stays behind closed doors.

These developments have the potential of enriching our communal learning journeys. Many teachers in online communities, social media or interest groups have shared their thoughts, impressions and experiences in the classroom – a habit which goes toward inspiring and informing colleagues and interested parties. Sites like Pinterest have proven popular with educators, showcasing the ideas and work of educators and their students.  However, some teachers are using internet fora to talk about (unflattering) things students or colleagues have done. With this blog post, I’d like to address this topic and give a few tips for the new school year. These tips may also prove to be handy for students of all ages. „Teachers of the internet, this is our time to shine!“ weiterlesen

How do YOU mindmap? Let us count the ways

I was recently in a training session in a small group of educators when we were tasked by the instructor to create a mindmap on a relevant topic of our subject curriculum. We all got to work and voilà! Each one of us created a mindmap, using different apps in each case, save one. I was amazed at the possibilities, not having realised the myriad options at our disposal. Here is a list of the apps we used. „How do YOU mindmap? Let us count the ways“ weiterlesen

So I started Sketchnoting …

… and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE it! In recent years, I’ve come across many inspiring illustrations that looked like very pretty and dynamic mindmaps (to my uneducated eyes) and seemed like visual depictions of what had been said at a meeting, convention or talk. I only recently started paying closer attention to them, having seen and admired the work of Sylvia Duckworth. Her sketch note on the SAMR model is quite memorable, using text and visuals to explain the concept simply but powerfully.


Image credit @sylviaduckworth 


Hearing that she had given a webinar on 15.05.2017 on how she creates sketch notes, I decided to take a look at the video on youtube and I was inspired to give it a try. Three weeks later I’m hooked. I’ve taken the plunge and am quite eager to incorporate this in my teaching, both for my presentations and materials as well as for my students.

Here’s how I started my journey and what I’ve learned so far.

As you can see from the sketch note in the title image, I’ve tried to learn from experience sketch noters, viewing their material and trying to follow their advice in how to go about it. Here again, twitter proves to be a treasure trove of resources, not only people but also helpful links and hints. Following the hashtags #sketchnotes or #sketchnoting gets you off to a good start.

After watching a few youtube videos and how-tos, I downloaded a free course on iTunesU called Digital Sketchnotes for Visualizing Learning by Karen Bosch. For those in the Apple ecosystem, this course is a must. I really recommend it.

Of course, I researched on which stylus to buy and ended up buying two. One is a simple Bamboo Solo stylus with a rubber tip, which works just fine. Another stylus which has not left my hand since it was delivered, is the Musemee Notier Prime. To someone like me who has never actually used a stylus on a regular basis before (despite having an iPad since 2010) it looks weird and takes a bit getting used to. But is glides beautifully across the surface and is quite precise.

On the question of drawing apps, I tried out quite a few. I really do like Paper by 53 and the Moleskine apps (both free). I also bought Procreate, but haven’t had a chance to get to know it. My favourite app at the moment is Adobe Draw, which has several killer features, for free. It’s really intuitive and easy to understand. Also, it’s easy to fill an enclosed shape with colour in one tap; it has layers and also a no-frills brush set.

If you’re like I was, on the fence about starting to sketch note, then my simple advice is to start. Just do it. Read up, look at tutorials, test apps and styli and start by imitating a sketch noter or sketch note you really like. What also works is if you have a deadline to give up a project or presentation – set a goal of doing a sketch note so you have a bit of pressure that it needs to be presentable enough to be seen by others 🙂

That is actually how I started. This is my very first sketch note (done without a stylus) for a project at my school. I did it last week, inspired by a sketch note by Sylvia Duckworth (who has graciously allowed me to „copy“ and publish).


I’m really happy I decided to start sketch noting and I’d encourage all interested educators to start as well. My ultimate goal is to teach my students to sketch note.

I hope I could inspire you to start sketch noting. Here are the sketch notes I’ve done mapping my learning journey so far, followed by sketch note resources.

Practice, practice, practice! 🙂






Sylvia Duckworth

Kathy Schocks Guide to Sketchnotes

Sketchnote Tools and Resources

Verbal to Visual

Sketchnotes Army

“Sketchnotes” Invigorate Student Note-Taking and Bolster Visual Thinking


Paper by 53 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/paper-by-fiftythree/id506003812?mt=8

Moleskine https://itunes.apple.com/at/app/moleskine-journal/id550926297?mt=8

Adobe Draw https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adobe-illustrator-draw/id911156590?mt=8

Adobe Sketch https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adobe-photoshop-sketch/id839085644?mt=8

GoodNotes https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/goodnotes-4-notes-pdf/id778658393?mt=8

Procreate https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/procreate-sketch-paint-create/id425073498?mt=8

Tayasui Sketches https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tayasui-sketches/id641900855?mt=8


Sunni Brown: Doodlers, unite! (5:43)

Graham Shaw: Why people believe they can’t draw and how to prove they can (15:03)

Brad Ovenell-Carter: A Sketchnote Primer (19:54)

EdTechTeam Live: Sketchnoting for Educators with Sylvia Duckworth

Taking Visual Notes with Sketchnotes: An EdTechTeam Session on Air with Brad Ovenell-Carter (1:07:19)

Top 10 Visual Metaphors for sketchnoters (5:28)


Digital Sketchnotes for Visualizing Learning (iTunesU)

Sketchnoting Tutorial

Sketchnotes: A Guide to Visual Notetaking

Ressourcen in deutscher Sprache




Mike Rohde Das Sketchnote Handbuch: Der illustrierte Leitfaden zum Erstellen visueller Notizen

Nadine Roßa Sketchnotes: Visuelle Notizen für Alles: von Business-Meetings über Partyplanung bis hin zu Rezepten

Additional Resources




Digital kompetente Lehrpersonen – wie?

Digital kompetente Kinder und Jugendlichen brauchen digital kompetente Lehrerinnen und Lehrer, die im Sinne von Medienbildung und Medienerziehung für digitale Bildung sorgen. Bei der Gestaltung von Seminaren und Workshops, die dazu gedacht sind, digitalen Kompetenzen der Lehrenden zu fördern, kann mittlerweile auf diversen Modellen und Entwürfen zurückgegriffen werden. In Österreich wurde digikompP entwickelt, das im Rahmen der Digitalisierungsstrategie Schule 4.0 umgesetzt werden soll. An vielen Schulen leisten Kolleginnen und Kollegen schon lange Pionierarbeit. Gut, dass das Rad nicht neu erfunden werden muss.

An meiner Stammschule durfte ich vier Workshops als Teil einer Seminarreihe zu digitalen Kompetenzen für Berufseinsteigerinnen und Berufseinsteiger abhalten. Das passt besonders gut für die Mai-Beitragsparade der Bildungspunks. Hier möchte ich darüber reflektieren, Resümee ziehen und laut darüber nachdenken, was ich bei meinen Workshops verbessern kann, damit junge Lehrerinnen und Lehrer Lust und Mut bekommen, „neue“ Medien in ihrem Unterricht einzusetzen.
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Frühlingsputz für meine Daten ist angesagt!

Der Frühling bringt frische Luft und fröhliche Gefühle. Und wir Lehrende haben freie Tage in Form von Osterferien. Endlich Zeit die Dinge zu erledigen, die wir nicht im Stress des Alltags bewältigen konnten. Zeit, sich neu zu organisieren, Überflüssiges zu entsorgen und Altes zu archivieren. Ich bin immer voller Vorsätze und freue mich darüber, endlich wieder Ordnung in verschiedenen Bereichen reinzubringen. Wie jeder andere, sammle ich gerne analoges und digitales Material. Wohin mit dem Zeug, damit ich es wieder finde? Wie organisiere ich und optimiere ich meine Datenverwaltung?

Mein erster Beitrag für den Bildungspunks soll mein Ist-Stand beschreiben und eine Art Frühlingsputz oder Aufgabensammlung darstellen.

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