For my final project in my credentialing classes at this super interesting school that I pushed really hard to get into and waited a year and a half to be accepted into I was asked.. to give a presentation. Boring. I'm trying to prototype project ideas all the time and make sure that everything I do in class is directly useful for my practice or career (my blog is full of prompts for discussion boards in classes). This was no different. I decided to summarize the larger ideas from my presentation in these fun illustrations. I used this image as inspiration. These are instructive for myself but maybe you will find them interesting. I have enjoyed critiquing them with colleagues and they have led to interesting pedagogical conversations that I might not have had otherwise. Link to pdf
In the future I would use this style of poster making to have students summarize and reflect on a section of learning. They make structured bookends to a section of growth and learning and look nice as well. Prompts might be "What is a Pendulum?" or "How To Present to an Audience" or similar.
I've included a how to video and document to hopefully help you get started making notes like this if you want. I think it would be a fun way to summarize content at the end of a few weeks or a unit.
What Worked Well? I enjoyed the process of making these a lot because I enjoy drawing. It is also a challenge to fit lots of information onto a single page while making it something interesting, which I enjoyed. Each page takes me about 45 minutes so there's a quick satisfaction to having an idea and seeing it done. I think students could make 2 pages in about a week of classes.
What Was Surprising? Working with Illustrator for these was a little fidgety. This might make this a good project to introduce more complex aspects of Illustrator. I think it is necessary for this project because coloring these pages in by hand wouldn't look quite as neat and tidy.
What Will You Never Do Again? I was happy to change my perspective on this work from something I was unexcited about doing to something that I really enjoyed. I don't want to just take what I'm given in the future and not process it into something that I'm happy with. There are lots of times when you just need to do what you're told and can't have a say in it but in this case I was able to fulfill the requirements while also doing something that I enjoyed and was genuinely useful to me.