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Photography Project – Sketchnoting & Research


Student Work Example

Project Description

This project entailed researching and dissecting a photographer’s work. Students were tasked with working collaboratively to pick a photographer to present on. Groups were provided with a list of potential photographers and they were then given questions to explore as they researched this photographer and their work. Questions about the style of photography, lighting, influences, notable works, etc. Student shad to break down this information and create poster presentations using the Sketchnoting technique. The project culminated in a gallery walk and group presentations.

What is Sketchnoting?

Sketchnotes are rich visual notes created from a mix of handwriting, drawings, hand-drawn typography, shapes, and visual elements like arrows, boxes, and lines.

Created Material & Project Steps

  • Students broke into groups and picked a photographer from the Photographer Bank.
  • Using the Questions to Investigate they researched and dissected their Photographer and their work.
  • Students used Sketchnoting technique to create a poster and watched a Sketchnoting Information Video I created if they were unfamiliar with the technique.
  • When the projects were finished, we had a Gallery Walk and students put blue sticky notes next to things they found interesting and pink next to items they had questions about.
  • Groups then presented their research to the Class.
Related Standards
  • ISTE: Creativity and Innovation
  • ISTE: Communication and Collaboration
  • ISTE: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, & Decision Making

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Sketchnoting Information Video

Why use Sketchnoting?

Sketchnoting can help you process information. Sketchnoting engages the whole mind and is based off the Dual Coding Theory by Allan Paivio, which suggests that the brain processes information using two primary channels, the verbal and the visual. When both modes are active, such as with sketchnoting, then the brain creates an associative libary of words and images. This allows your brain to create a mental reference system.

Complex ideas can often be expressed in a simple drawing and the focus is on larger themes and ideas, not the little unimportant details.

Your sketchnote is your unique expression, you do not have to be a good drawer to make a sketchnote. The most important part of a sketchnote is that the ideas are conveyed. It is all about the IDEAS!