While sitting in a session on sketchnoting with Sylvia Duckworth at last week’s #BIT15 conference, I started to daydream. The session was amazing, but my daydream was what I needed at the time. It all started when Sylvia showed us how to draw on top of a photo, then delete the photo.
My brain sunk its claws into that idea… essentially, tracing. The session continued, but I stayed there.
I started pulling different photos from the photo library on my iPad to trace them. I tried faces, objects, landscapes. As I traced, I paid attention to different details in the photos – the textures, the colours, the finer details in the background. Tracing made me really engage with the photo.
… And that made me wonder about how this might look in a classroom.
Then I traced over it, using the app.
Then I got rid of the original photo.
Then I thought about the different things that I had to take into account while I tracing.
Obviously, the process would be different if done by students. I had the benefit of trying this out on a Sunday morning with a fully functioning device (and a cup of coffee) but I wonder if the process would be similar in a classroom? Might tracing, help students see and wonder?
Something to try.