As I’ve posted before, years ago I attended a few conferences that had these amazing people draw visual representations of what speakers were discussing at the time. They drew them on huge sheets of paper on the walls. I found myself mesmerized by these talented artists/thinkers, who were practicing what is called either graphic recording or graphic note-taking, and thought that readers might be interested in learning more about them.

There are some amazing video examples of this method that have made academic talks incredibly accessible, including one from Daniel Pink talking about his book, Drive. I’ve written a lot about Pink and his research on motivation.

You can see the graphic recording of Drive from RSA here.

You can see graphic note-taking examples from other RSA talks here.

RSA Animate has just published another incredible example of the genre, this time demonstrating graphic recording with a speech given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, education expert and recipient of the RSA Benjamin Franklin award. The topic of his talk is “Changing Education Paradigms” and is not to be missed.

Sunni Brown is a well-known practitioner. You can see examples of her work here and a slideshow she created here.

Here are two short YouTube videos of graphic recorders showing and explaining their work.

The Center For Graphic Facilitation also has a blog where you can see examples.

321 Fast Draw has some pretty engaging graphic animations of books.

How to make RSA Animate style videos with your class… is by Paul Blogush.

Please let me know if you have other examples I should include, or ideas on how to incorporate more of this method into the classroom.

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