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Students draw to learn about water

Wed, Jul 29, 2009 (12:55 p.m.)

The Alexander Dawson Foundation’s six-week summer program for gifted Clark County public school students, “Water: Science and Culture in a Changing Climate,” is incorporating a new system of note taking—teaching students to take notes graphically as experts from all sides of the water issue in southern Nevada present their views on the topic. Nick Payne, a graphic facilitator from the United Kingdom, encourages students to capture discussion content using visuals and organization in a pictorial way. The students draw what they’re learning in bold colors and big pictures instead of writing traditional notes. “The kids become more engaged taking graphic notes rather than just writing it down,” Payne said. “If you have kids recording their lessons it completely changes the relationship between the teacher and the student, for the better.”

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