Nicki Hambleton

Learning and Thinking Out Loud: Visual Notetaking and Beyond

We all love to learn, but how do you share, recall and build on all your learning? When you look back, how much can you remember? Have you ever wondered how to organise your notes or content more effectively? How do you or your students share learning with others?

Whether you prefer to work digitally or traditionally on paper, working more visually encourages information retention. This session will begin with what it means to “think more visibly” as we cover the basics of creating visual notes, concepts, and maps. To encourage this, we’ll practice some “thinking routines” from Harvard’s “Making Thinking Visible” course. Together, we will uncover the mystery and techniques of visual note taking as we play with ideas to think and share learning more out loud.

Get ready to be creative, to collaborate and to try out new skills or expand existing ones. You will have lots to take back to your classroom to help you, your students and colleagues to think, create and share more visually.

Think you can’t draw? It doesn’t matter! There will be lots of hands on and fun ways to explore thinking and working more visually for all subjects. There will be games, laughter, sharing and hopefully no tears!

Combining visible thinking with powerful note taking will transform your own learning out of your head and onto the paper or screen!

About Nicki

Nicki is an Apple Distinguished Educator teaching internationally in the UK, Italy, Africa and Singapore for over 20 years. She is an advocate of amalgamating Technology and Art authentically in the classroom and passionate about visual notetaking. She loves teaching Middle School at UWCSEA and has taught art at Primary, MYP, GCSE, IB and A Level. Currently a Head of Year, she understands the benefit of holistic education, well being of the child and integrates environmental issues frequently into the curriculum. Nicki was a member of the COETAIL online2 cohort and is trained in Cognitive Coaching. You can read her blog on embedding technology into the classroom at Thinking Tradigitally and view her visual notes on Flickr to see how she merges text and image.

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