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


Adobe Draw

Adobe Sketch



Tayasui Sketches


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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Takeaways from the EDUdays

I’ve just come back from the EDUdays 2017 in Krems (Austria), where I got to spend 2 days gaining ideas and inspiration on how to positively transform my own teaching and that of those in my sphere of influence. Needless to say, my head and heart are full now that I’ve come home. Educational conferences are always special to me, especially those for educational technologists like myself. 😃You get to spend quality time with fellow educators, like-minded peers and passionate practitioners and researchers. And once you start attending these events, you bond with others, start exchanging experiences and begin contributing to the knowledge pool via workshops or presentations. Now is the time to jot down my to-dos and actions from the things learned from this conference. In no particular order, here are my main takeaways.
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Lehren und Lernen mit Digitalen Tools: 10 Best-Practice Tipps

Zur Zeit werden viele SCHILFs (Schulinterne Lehrerfortbildungen), Seminare und Workshops in österreichischen Schulen organisiert, damit Lehrpersonen mit den gegenwärtigen und künftigen Auswirkungen der Digitalisierung – u.a. Einsatz von Hardware und Lernsoftware – zu Recht kommen können. Beim heutigen Seminar in einer AHS in Burgenland habe ich 10 Tipps aus der Praxis mitgenommen. „Lehren und Lernen mit Digitalen Tools: 10 Best-Practice Tipps“ weiterlesen

Zu Gast in der Villa Wewersbusch

Die Privatschule Villa Wewersbusch in Velbert-Langenberg (Deutschland) hat zum Bildungskongress „Lernen der Zukunft“ vom 2. bis 4. März 2017 eingeladen, und ich dürfte als Teilnehmerin und Teilgeberin dabei sein. Zirka 400 Menschen trafen sich um Neues zu erfahren, Erfahrungen auszutauschen und Impulse für den eigenen Bildungsbereich sowie für die eigene Unterrichtspraxis zu gewinnen. „Zu Gast in der Villa Wewersbusch“ weiterlesen

Digitalisierung & Schule: 10 Einwände, 10 Antworten

Beim gestrigen Barcamp, organisiert vom Verband Bildungsmedien im Rahmen der Bildungsmesse Didacta 2017, dürfte ich das Thema Digitalisierung & Schule – 10 Einwände, 10 Antworten in einer interaktiven Präsentation erarbeiten.

Es war mir wichtig, nicht nur MEINE Ideen zu präsentieren, sondern auch zur aktiven Teilnahme animieren, mit dem Zeil miteinander und voneinander zu lernen. Das ist super gelungen, da wir ein Twitter Hashtag #10Antworten verwendet haben, um alle Gedanken zu sammeln. „Digitalisierung & Schule: 10 Einwände, 10 Antworten“ weiterlesen

21st century English Teaching: Embracing the Digital Age in your Classroom

This past week I had the pleasure of holding a workshop aimed at helping English teachers to integrate digital tools and learning technology in their language teaching. At the 10th annual English Teachers‘ Day at the University College of Teacher Education in Vienna, Austria, several hundred educators gathered to further their professional development and deepen their knowledge on how to use different methods, strategies and activities in their teaching practice. I was eager to exchange experiences with my fellow educators. What would this trip outside my personal „bubble“ reveal?  „21st century English Teaching: Embracing the Digital Age in your Classroom“ weiterlesen

Focus on The Situation of Newly Arrived Migrants

As previously posted, I have the privilege of being part of the moderating team in a series of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) on Teacher Academy – School Education Gateway.

The series of courses is designed to equip educators around Europe with strategies and tools on teaching competency with intercultural diversity and the newly arrived migrants students:

The second course focuses on the situation of Newly Arrived Migrants, their journey and their new life as well as support strategies.

Although much has already been written about the plight of people who have been recently forced to abandon their homes in search of safety and security in other countries, there still remains a pressing need to inform, communicate and be supportive of families and communities across the regions that have been affected. Still, it remains a human story, and a story about humanity.
The most touching stories have been the ones detailing the arduous journeys that refugees have undertaken to escape the situation in their home country. I was personally most touched by the story of Hashem, recorded here: The Journey (on from 9 June 2015. His story across Europe, in trains, is compelling for many reasons. It reveals many truths about the human aspect to the refugee crisis of 2015. It is a story well worth reading.
It is quite simply hard to imagine the psychological stress that these migrants have been subject to, as they braved seas, refugee camps, smugglers’ vehicles or detention areas, in search of a place to survive. We must continue to talk about their stories and highlight ways to contribute as educators to the national debate.
In preparation for the twitterchat, you may find it useful to review the following websites that document stories or publish relevant aspects of the situation of Newly Arrived Migrants:
During the twitterchat, we’d like to come together to learn from each other and with one another, especially focussing on:
  • what the history and tradition of migration in your country can teach us today
  • what local organisations exist that accompany newly arrived migrants
  • what living conditions do newly arrived migrants have and under which legal guidelines must they live (personal stories)
In preparation for the twitterchat, please think about what answers you can give to the questions posted.
Here is the timeline for the hour:
18:30 Welcome to our Twitterchat on The Situation of Newly Arrived Migrants: Facts and Impact #DiversityMOOCs
18:31 We will be using the format Q1-Q9/A1-A9 for all questions and answers. In all your tweets please use the twitter hashtag #DiversityMOOCs
18:32 Your moderator today is Alicia Bankhofer, Teacher of English and ICT, Middle School Vienna, Austria #flipclass #elearning #DiversityMOOCs
18:32 In the beginning each should introduce him/herself. Country? Subject? Type of school, learners? #DiversityMOOCs
18:33 You will find all the questions here #DiversityMOOCs
18:34 Get ready for the 1st question for our chat today on The Situation of Newly Arrived Migrants: Facts and Impact #DiversityMOOCs
18:35 Q1 What role have migrants played in your country’s history? Any famous migrants to/from your country? #DiversityMOOCs
18:40 Q2 Can you share any personal migration stories either in your family or any ones that have inspired you? #DiversityMOOCs
18:45 Q3 What support organisations for migrants, state-sponsored or NGO, exist in your area? Tell us about their work #DiversityMOOCs
18:50 Q4 Describe the living conditions of Newly Arrived Migrants in your region. May kids go to school? May adults work? #DiversityMOOCs
19:00 Q5 In your experience/view, what problem with the situation with Newly Arrived Migrants must be solved most urgently? #DiversityMOOCs
19:05 Q6 What can teachers do to contribute to informed debate about the situation of new arrivals? #DiversityMOOCs
19:15 Q7 What examples or best practices, either private or state initiatives, have you heard about to help newly arrived persons? #DiversityMOOCs
19:20 Q8 Do the legal guidelines for Newly Arrived Migrants help their situation or make it worse? #DiversityMOOCs
19:25 Q9 Time is almost up. Any closing comments/questions on The Situation of Newly Arrived Migrants: Facts and Impact #DiversityMOOCs
19:30 Thanks for participating in our chat on The Situation of Newly Arrived Migrants: Facts and Impact #DiversityMOOCs
If you are just getting started on twitter, please have a look at my videos:
Getting started on twitter:
Setting up a twitter profile:

Kahoot kreativ und kollaborativ im Klassenzimmer nutzen

Unzählige Millionen von Kindern und Jugendlichen in Klassen rund um den Globus kennen es: das Kahoot-Fieber! Was ist Kahoot? Es ist eine web-basierte Plattform, wo mithilfe von Smartphones oder Tablets spielerisch Quizzes oder Umfragen durchgeführt werden können. Wer das schon ausprobiert hat, weiß kennt den Ablauf gut. Wenn es heißt “Kahoot!”, kommen die ersten Rufe: “Was ist der Game-Pin?” Darauf folgen oft nervöse Minuten für die Lehrperson während sich die Teenager Zeit lassen einen coolen Spielnamen auszusuchen.

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