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Challenge 5 – Sketchnoting


It may be cooling down, but #SketchnoteFever is just warming up. For November’s #KyGoPlay challenge we’re exploring the creative synthesis power of sketchnoting. Skethnoting is an amazing and versatile way to show what you know through images and notes. They are highly personal to the sketchnoter, and help them to generate meaning of information.

To create a sketchnote, you can use anything from old-school paper and markers, to the newest Rocketbook and Fusion pen, to any number of amazing digital tools – some that even allow you to create time-lapse videos like Keynote and Procreate.

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There are tons of digital tools available for you to use to create amazing sketchnotes.

One way to create animated sketchnotes on the iPad is to use drawing and animation features in Keynote. Get a quick how-to below.


One of my favorite ways to sketchnote is with the iPad app, Procreate. It has over 100 brushes, layer options, and it will also allow you to export your drawing as a time-lapse video. 

Some sketchnotes are created live and on the spot, like this one I sketched at ISTE this year in Chicago. That is not a rule though. Sketchnoting can also be planned out and serve as a visual representation of our understandings. 

This template gave me the ability to organize the sketch on the spot.


Be sure to share what you’re doing and learning using #KyGoPlay and #SketchnoteFever!

Challenge 4: Google Drawings


I’m not sure how it is October already, but it is… Time for a new monthly KyGoPlay challenge. This month we are taking a closer look at an oft-overlooked Google tool, Google Drawings. I had this idea all worked up and then I saw this tweet by Kevin Brookhouser. Dang it. (that was my reply to the Tweet) tweet screenshotAlthough it does seem that G Drawings doesn’t have much to offer, it does offer a scaled down interface compared to Slides. Students can collaborate on one single image. You can also provide directions outside of the canvas area. Anyway…


Ok. Now that we have decided not to abandon G Drawings forever; let’s give it a go. There are some tools and features that are hidden beneath some menus. Take some time to check out the possibilities. So much can be done with transparency and line options. Here is a great video by Matt Miller that may spark some ideas for you and your students.


So here is the challenge. Create something cool in Google Drawings and post it to the Twitter and tag @KyGoPlay. I created this using (almost) only G Drawings. I also used the YouTube “hack” that was in Matt’s video. My favorite “kind-of” Creative Commons photo-sharing site, Unsplash, was also used. Check that site out if you haven’t yet. People there share some incredible artful photography for you to use with your students. Here is a link to copy this drawing to your own Drive. It may help you to explore it and see the edits made to the lines and shapes.

Google Drawing

Bonus: One of my favorite friends, @mrpiercEy, does this cool thing with Drawings for his students. He shares this Drawing to his students in Google Classroom. Awesome idea!

google drawing screenshot

Good luck in your Google Drawing explorations and play. Don’t forget to share it with us!


Challenge 2: Google Tour Creator


It’s time for our second monthly play challenge! Make some time this August to play with Tour Creator from Google. With Tour Creator you and your students can create YOUR OWN VR tours (similar to Google Expeditions) using Google Street View images, or your own 360 photos. Add points of interest, audio narration, and view the finished product in VR! Here is a quick introductory video to Tour Creator.


As you PLAY with Tour Creator think about how your students can use this tool to tell their own stories. Which places will you visit and share with others?


Don’t forget to SHARE what your tour and/or insights into the process. Share this tool with your friends and if you Tweet, please add #KyGoPlay, so we can check out your creation! For my Northern Hemisphere friends, I hope you have a great start to the school year!


#KySTE17 KyGoPlayGround

Good morning! We need you! On Thursday, March 9 come be a monitor in the #KySTE17 #KyGoPlayGround (an ISTE style Playground event)! Bring your favorite technology ideas to share in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Rotations will last an hour and will be hosted at different tables in the Cochran room at the Galt House.

Things you might demo include: apps, websites, your favorite Google tools, Office 365 tools, robotics, micro-controllers, Raspberry Pi, maker projects – the sky is the limit. The more hands on the better! This year’s KySTE theme is Tech Heroes – show us how you leverage your favorite tools to build technology heroes in your school! Feel free to sign up for more than one rotation!

Please share widely with anyone you know will be at #KySTE17. Thanks!!!

Sign up here today!