Some EPIC students have the ability to create stories from a mass of information and draw that story in cartoon form for everyone to appreciate. The translation between auditory and visual representations is invaluable for remembering any story. But this is a much more advanced skill to be able to draw together the story in real time, as someone is speaking, and present it physically on a wallchart, perhaps at a conference – the output is referred to as sketch notes. Caroline Chapple who produced many of the cartoons in this book is an expert in this area.
There has been much research into the science of drawing and memory and “there are several ways that teachers can incorporate drawing to enrich learning. Importantly, the benefits of drawing were not dependent on the students’ level of artistic talent, suggesting that this strategy may work for all students, not just those who are able to draw well[ii].”
[i] A metaphor: Instagram is a photo and video-sharing social networking service owned by Facebook, Inc.
[ii] Youki Terada,published in Edutopia, George Lucas Educational Foundation, The Science of Drawing and Memory.
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