Select Your Destination
 

< Feature Stories >

Wellsboro Soccer

Advice From UPMC Doc

National program lays wreaths on veteran's graves

Non-profit maintains humane, population-control through spay and neuter

The Eaton Calendar

Yellow Basket Shop hosting family event this weekend!

YMCA offers Join Fee discounts in local business partnership

 
 
 

Of Comics & Dual Coding

Meet Dr. Wales and Learn How Art Can Enhance Learning

 

by Kristine Worthington - August 8, 2017

Most of us hope that we will do a job we love when we grow up. For Dr. Andrew Wales that has happened. A childhood passion for comics led him to Mansfield University to learn about art and teaching. Jump ahead and we find Dr. Wales as a self-published comic artist and a teacher of art at Athens High School. As a teacher, he acts as a role model and a guide for his art students. He advises students to be realistic about the challenges of making a living with comic art, while encouraging them to pursue their passion for art.

The comics created by Andrew Wales cover a wide variety of topics and of course some are educational. Through his comic books, you can learn about historical artists and decode challenging Shakespeare lines, among other things. Several of Dr. Wales published comic books are available at Pop’s Culture in Wellsboro.

At a young age, Andrew experienced how art could be a powerful learning tool. His grades were not stellar because he had a hard time focusing on what the teachers were presenting. Then he had a ta-da moment when he realized that he could record and learn classroom information as sketches. Clearly, Andrew’s new strategy worked. He successfully completed high school and continued his post-secondary education to the Doctorate level.

There is a good deal of research that explains the results Andrew experienced when he began sketching to learn. In Derek Bruff’s Blog on Teaching and Technology, he sums it up this way, “When we activate both channels, (visual and verbal) at once, so they work together, we’re better able to understand and remember ideas.” Neuroscientists refer to the activation of these two brain channels as dual coding. The notetaking process Dr. Wales showed us is called sketchnotes and it employs the concept of dual coding. In this style of note-taking, learners organize and connect words and images in meaningful ways that summarized not only key details of the information being presented, but also the larger ideas. For many learners the process of creating and linking images to verbal information helps them listen more intently. Sketchnoting is not only being used by students to improve learning, the movement has made its way into business.

If you are getting excited to give this a try, all you need is a pencil or pen and some paper. Explore the process of sketchnoting for personal journaling, storytelling, or learning. You don’t need to be an artist to begin and you will get better at sketchnoting with practice. This presentation of sketchnotes by Dr. Wales gives you the basis idea, and there are a wide variety of resources available on line. Have fun growing your brain with sketchnotes.

Credits:

Idea/Concept: Kristine Worthington

Videography: Erin O'Shea

Video Editing: Erin O'Shea

Writing: Kristine Worthington

Correspondent: Kristine Worthington

 

Produced by Vogt Media

Funded by Mansfield University, UPMC Susquehanna

< Current Stories >

 

See More Current Stories

 

Hornets end 10-game losing streak with Athens

September 23, 2020

 

Will you help walk dogs, clean, or play with kittens?

September 22, 2020

 

Panthers top Hornets 17-14 on Senior Night

September 21, 2020

 

Highlights from the past week's broadcasts!

September 19, 2020

 

Keep Your Immunizations Up to Date

September 18, 2020

 

National program lays wreaths on veteran's graves

September 18, 2020

 

Non-profit maintains humane, population-control through spay and neuter

September 17, 2020

 

The Eaton Calendar - Update

September 16, 2020

 

Yellow Basket Shop hosting family event this weekend!

September 16, 2020

 

YMCA offers Join Fee discounts in local business partnership

September 15, 2020

 

Hildebrand scores win 67 in 48-6 victory over CV

September 14, 2020

 

Highlights from the past week's broadcasts!

September 12-13, 2020

 

Our love and care for one another became our focus as a nation.

September 11, 2020

 

Masking advice from Dr. Clark of Laurel Health Centers

September 10, 2020

 

Step Outdoors and run, kayak & bike across Hills Creek!

September 9, 2020

 

A local manifestation of John 17:20-23

September 8, 2020

 

Communities invited to celebrate at local branches

September 7, 2020

 

Highlights from the past week's broadcasts!

September 5, 2020

 

Take a tour of this cozy Hickory Terrace townhouse!

September 4, 2020

 

There's plenty of space and potential in this lovely ranch!

September 3, 2020

 

Arcadia Theatre reopens Sept. 3 with safety measures

September 2, 2020

 

COVID-19 has impacted all aspects of our lives, including education

September 1, 2020

 

March and service in Mansfield honors frontline workers

August 31, 2020

 

Highlights from the past week's broadcasts!

August 29, 2020

 

Hybrid Child Care Program aids parents during school year

August 28, 2020

 

This special fundraiser is almost over!

August 27, 2020

 

Complete Count Committee updates community on census

August 26, 2020

 

Children & stuffed animals invited to special family event

August 25, 2020

 

Tips for natural hair care & donating to kids in need!

August 24, 2020

 

Highlights from the past week's broadcasts!

August 22, 2020

 
 

Load More Stories