LIGHTBOARD @ SFU
November 25th, 2019
I promote and teach Sketching (art), Visual Thinking (design), Storytelling, Sketchnotes (education), Graphic Facilitation and more.
Background and rationale
Your marks have meaning
What is a 'jam'?
...a process of rapidly brainstorming and prototyping
Icon jam instructions
Number your index cards (#1 - #?)
Wait for prompt
Draw for 30 seconds
TEXT and story
WORDS have meaning(s)
Ki (起): The first panel forms the basis of the story; it sets the scene.
Shō (承): The second panel develops upon the foundation of the story laid down in the first panel.
Ten (転): The third panel is the climax, in which an unforeseen development occurs.
Ketsu (結): The fourth panel is the conclusion, in which the effects of the third panel are seen
Grids and Gestures
Drawing a 3-Panel Comic from Primary Sources
Contact CEE (Program Director or Grant Gregson)
Length of Video
Technical and Pedagogical Support (Jason, Grant, PD's, Nathan)
Distribution/Platform (Canvas, YouTube, etc.)
Choose parts of a lesson that you can visualize and you can tell a story with
Should be memorable and increase learning
why tell a story?
“We are a species that's wired to tell stories. We need stories. It's how we make sense of things.
It's how we learn.”
Steven Soderbergh, director (Ocean’s 11, Traffic)
stories help us learn
“Stories are our primary tools of learning and teaching, the repositories of our lore and legends. They bring order into our confusing world. Think about how many times a day you use stories to pass along data, insights, memories or common-sense advice.”
Edward Miller, founder of Edward Elementary, illustrator and designer
Lesson Plan is your script,
and the script is your road map.
what is your story?
- Lesson Plan can be your story
- Can your message be put into a story?
- Can simply be the progression in your lesson plan framed as a story (Plot)
- Beginning, Middle and End
- Characters/Subjects (eg. person, inanimate object, plant, animal, etc.)
3 act structure
- Act I: Introduction and Set Up (25% of the story)
- Here's the problem/proposal
- Intro "characters"
- Act II: Delivering your message (50% of the story)
- Diving into the problem
- What happened? Surprises?
- Act III: Climax, Wrap Up, Conclusion (25% of the story)
- What changed?
- Look to the future
- Remind Your Viewers
- Call to Action (ie. go here for more)
eg. AMoeba lifecycle
- Amalie the Amoeba floats in a freshwater pond, capturing food by phagocytosis with pseudopodia
- Amalie needs to reproduce before it dies in 2 days
- Binary Fission occurs
- Amalie retracts its pseudopodia, divides nucleus
- Two daughter amoeba cells formed, Ali and Abby
- Two new amoebas must spend the next day or two accumulating fuel to reproduce, repeating cycle
should i storyboard?
“I don't storyboard like some. I mean,
all directors are different. I plan meticulously - really meticulously.”
-Paul Greengrass, director (United 93, Captain Phillips)
what is a storyboard?
- How we visualize a project in a linear way
- An agreement among stakeholders (ie. students, instructors, staff)
- Everyone on the same page
- Can be drawings, photos, icons
scripting and storyboard activity
- Write a short, 1-minute, 3-Act story in 3 or 4 frames
- Lesson plan can be your script
- Approximately 150 words/minute for spoken words
- 30 seconds+ might be drawing!
- Beginning, middle and end
Don't cover face, but no bare arms
Wear solid, dark colours
No patterns on clothing
Keep it short
Play Plan Practice Produce Perform
more to explore
resources and links
Notredame best practices: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=138&v=0PNq0faZwOM
A great page on the build https://www.clayton.edu/celt/lightboard/build
The original lightboard: https://lightboard.info
A lightboard for use in classroom or lecture halls https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00155
A list of other examples: http://www.phys.ufl.edu/~mocko/Lightboard_Design.htm
A prof that has an entire YouTube channel of videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/yoprofmatt