Visual Note Taking in the Classroom

Online course for educators to learn how to incorporate visual note taking with students and demonstrate lessons in a visual way

Are you tired of students not paying attention in class? Need to get them more excited about learning? Want them more engaged in their education? You see scribbled notes or no note taking at all?

Let's add a new and powerful tool to your toolbox! 

Visual Note Taking

With the amount of information competing for our brains attention these days– we need help! Visual Note-Taking is a form of visual writing and communication that helps students express concepts and ideas which enhances overall learning and comprehension

Visual Language is just that a LANGUAGE!

Like learning any new language you need to understand the foundation. I’m here to help you build a visual vocabulary! Having the skills at your fingertips is crucial to be able to incorporate visuals into your daily teachings and help students take notes is a graphic way. 

Doodling but with PURPOSE!

In the past and maybe still in your classrooms, students are discouraged from doodling. BUT doodling is making marks to help yourself think- so why not encourage doodling but doing it in a purposeful way! Learning the graphic fundamentals will help students and yourself draw out concepts in an easy to understand fashion. We think that doodling is distracting BUT it actually helps students from losing focus. Put those random doodles to work for you and see your learning unfold! 

Education you can SEE!

Wondering if the information is ‘sinking in’? Are the students understanding it? Using visual language allows you to SEE if students are grasping ideas and concepts being taught in class. This creates an amazing opportunity for you as educators to share feedback instantly on their purposeful doodling.

PERFECT for ALL students, especially those with learning disabilities.

Using visual language while taking notes in class can take a lot of pressure off having to capture EVERY WORD, but instead select keywords and simplistic images to convey an idea. Building and supporting creativity in the classroom is a wholesome trait to grow but can also help break down barriers for learning. Students with dysgraphia, dyslexia and others can be encouraged draw more to impact their overall learning! 

Students can retain 29-45% MORE information.

That ain’t a small number! Using visuals either in the classroom can help retain MORE information LONG TERM. Hello higher test scores!  Visual language engages ALL FOUR learning modalities for higher opportunities for deep information processing. 


Who doesn't love a little bit of science?  (I'm looking at your science teachers!) Visual language has a HUGE impact on the way that student impact learning.  Visual language engages our brains on an intellectual, creative and physical level. 

Accessible Learning 

Let's create learning environments that are designed and set up for students to succeed using visual tools to show their learning, process and comprehension of ideas. 

A recent example of a graphic recording chart created during a local school conference. This was drawn large scale in real time.   In the course I break down step by step what I did to create this chart. 

The Beginning of your visual vocabulary - all elements will be covered within the program... 

There are THREE ways you can use this program information 

ONE  - Teach students how to do visual note taking

TWO - Educating in the classroom using visual language. Group doodling accommodated creative, strategic and tactical thinking. Create visual archives

THREE - Creating impact with anchor charts. For those educating at the elementary level you can use everything in this program to add visual elements to anchor charts that are appealing and not overwhelming. 

Don't just take it from me...

Dr. Scofield who was a professor at USC, UCLA and Claremont Colleges used doodling as a transformative teaching tool. She asked students to sketch and use imagery as much as possible instead of trying to capture all the words. As a result she elevated the number of students making A’s who had previously been in danger of failing altogether.

Doodling is thinking in disguise – Sunni Brown

Ashton Rodenhiser
Ashton Rodenhiser
Graphic Recorder & Visual Strategist

About the instructor

As an international graphic recorder and facilitator, Ashton helps people have deeper, more meaningful conversations and outcomes using visuals. She uses a combination of drawing and writing to build clarity around complex ideas. She works with corporations, events, non-profits and community groups to synthesis information to help people produce their best work and make a big impact. She lives in rural Nova Scotia with her husband and three children and can make a wicked tomato soup from home-grown ingredients. 

What's included?

16 Videos
1 Survey
11 Texts
12 PDFs
1 Download