Hello <<First Name>>
Welcome to this week’s issue of The Teaching Space Extra. I hope your week has gone well. Mine has zoomed past in a bit of a blur so I am taking some time this weekend to pause and regroup. If you need to do the same, then please ensure you do. My “regrouping” activity later today will be a long, chilly, dog walk, without headphones, so I can just let my brain wander.
This Week’s Podcast
I’m sure you expected this one! This week’s podcast is…
An Introduction to Sketchnoting for Teachers and Trainers
Since recording this episode, I have discovered a great Instagram account, whose sketchnoting style I love: Scriberia. They sell prints of a few of their popular pieces on their website. I also highly recommend their book, How to Draw Anything.
Have I tempted you to try sketchnoting yet? Or perhaps to try it with your students? Let me know; I’d love to hear from you.
I’m currently reading (technically, listening to the audiobook of) How to Own the Room by Viv Groskop. The tagline is “Women and the Art of Brilliant Speaking”. So far, it’s a great read.
And finally, I thought I’d share two tech tools I’m exploring right now:
I’ve been using GoodNotes 5 on my iPad for a while now, primarily for annotating PDFs. Now I am studying for a Master’s this has become even more useful as I need to mark up journal articles a fair bit. GoodNotes works brilliantly with my Apple Pencil; I can basically scribble all over any PDF. It does not handle typed notes as well as I like, but I have a markdown app I prefer for writing so that's OK (Ulysses). Anyway, once I’ve annotated a PDF on my iPad I really need to see it on my computer screen - the Mac app version of GoodNotes 5 solves this problem for me. Everything syncs beautifully.
Doodly is a video creation suite which makes whiteboard (or indeed blackboard) animations. I got a 50% off deal on the package so thought it was worth a play. I’ll report back soon when I know more. My first video project will, I think, be on referencing and plagiarism.
That’s all from me today. Have a great week.