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Visual thinking is about using pictures to help you solve problems, think about complex issues and communicate more effectively. -- Dave Gray
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Three Simple Resolutions to Design Better DataViz - Blog About Infographics and Data Visualization - Cool Infographics

Three Simple Resolutions to Design Better DataViz - Blog About Infographics and Data Visualization - Cool Infographics | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Visuals are so much more powerful than text and numbers. I can’t tell you how many presentations and infographics I see from lazy designers that just make the numbers really big.
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Mind mapping software in 2015: The year in review

Mind mapping software in 2015: The year in review | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
What’s new in the world of mind mapping software in 2015? Plenty! This year-end wrap-up is your guide to the new and updated software and resources that were introduced during the last year. Here’s what happened during the last year, with helpful links where you can learn more:
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Facilitating Effective Remote Collaboration - Interview with Rachel Smith - MURAL Blog

Facilitating Effective Remote Collaboration - Interview with Rachel Smith - MURAL Blog | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Good digital facilitation makes remote collaboration a whole lot easier. In this interview with Rachel S. Smith, an expert facilitator for The Grove, MURAL's own Jim Kalbach discusses effective remote work with visual tools and techniques.

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Visual note taking is back and it has a cool history

Visual note taking is back and it has a cool history | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Sketchnotes, Graphic Recordings, Visual Notes, you may have seen them at the last conference or big corporate meeting you attended: beautifully hand drawn notes that summarize big ideas using...

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Sketchnoting FOR Learning

The term sketchnoting describes a style of visual note-taking recently gaining popularity among conference attendees. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be an artist to sketchnote and to take advantage of a different type of learning and making content connections beyond conference keynotes . Sketchnoting is helping make your thinking visible and shareable as you are reading a professional book, watching a movie clip, reading an educational blog post or article or listening to a lecture of conference keynote.
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The Beauty of Mind Mapping – 10 Ways to Use it in your eLearning Coursework

The Beauty of Mind Mapping – 10 Ways to Use it in your eLearning Coursework | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
In recent years, however, the value of mind mapping in both education and business has been fully recognized, and there are now dozens of web-based mind-mapping tools for students, teachers, and supervisors/managers. In fact, this tool of educational technology has so many uses, it is now one of the most valuable resources for academic coursework, especially eLearning. Here are 10 ways to use mind mapping in your studies.
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Will emoji become a new language?

Will emoji become a new language? | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Emoji are already butting their heads with traditional words, but could they take over completely? Linguist Neil Cohn casts his expert eye over the pictures taking the world by storm.
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Study Tips for Visual Learners - Brighton College

Study Tips for Visual Learners - Brighton College | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Having an idea of your learning style can help you to grasp material more easily and to remember it for longer periods of time. If you’ve determined that you are a primarily visual learner, that means that your preferred method for obtaining new information and concepts is through seeing words, figures, graphics, diagrams or other visual representations.
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How To Use Infographics As Multimodal Learning Tools

How To Use Infographics As Multimodal Learning Tools | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Infographics combine both text and image, making them tools able to engage both verbal and visual learning styles. The combination of verbal and visual learning styles has been shown to ultimately increase students’ retention of basic skills by 21% and higher order skills by 20%. Having students research, conceptualize and create infographics in groups also addresses verbal and participatory approaches.

With that in mind, here are seven ways to use infographics as multimodal learning tools in the classroom
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How Doodling Can Help You Get Ahead at Work

How Doodling Can Help You Get Ahead at Work | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
It turns out that your scrawls can help close a deal—even if you can’t draw to save your life
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How to Think Visually - Blog About Infographics and Data Visualization - Cool Infographics

How to Think Visually - Blog About Infographics and Data Visualization - Cool Infographics | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it

How to Think Visually Using Visual Analogies infographic from Anna Vital gives a great variety of examples for anyone to use when you create your own graphics.

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How to Create Your Own Hand-Drawn Graphics | The Rapid E-Learning Blog

How to Create Your Own Hand-Drawn Graphics | The Rapid E-Learning Blog | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
One advantage of visual thinking is learning to see the concepts and how to express them to others. Another advantage is that you gain the skills to create real assets that can be used in your elearning courses.

Today we’ll look at ways to create your own hand-drawn graphics.
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20 Cool Tools for Creating Infographics

20 Cool Tools for Creating Infographics | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Imagine if you could take 1,000 words a and help people digest that information in only a few seconds?

An infographic, put simply, is a creative way to take a “thousand words” and depict them using a picture. These days, readers are looking for quick access to brief information.
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Maria Alejandra Castañeda Marín's curator insight, September 15, 2015 11:51 PM

infographics are really helpful for learning through visual thinking and for integrating knowledge to our students cognitive structure

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Developing Your Visual Awareness

Developing Your Visual Awareness | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Training your visual thinking muscle can take some time. However, the effort you put in will allow you to expand your understanding of your problems and circumstances to such an extent that you will be better able to spot critical patterns that will shape how you think and work through your problems visually.
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How to Use Mind Maps to Unleash Your Brain's Creativity and Potential

How to Use Mind Maps to Unleash Your Brain's Creativity and Potential | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Mind mapping is one of the best ways to capture your thoughts and bring them to life in visual form. Beyond just note-taking, though, mind maps can help you become more creative, remember more, and solve problems more effectively. Whether you're new to mind maps or just want a refresher, here's all you need to know about this technique.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Creating an Infographic With Visme

A Beginner’s Guide to Creating an Infographic With Visme | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
To help you properly translate your ideas into visuals so that you can extend their reach and lifespan on the web, we’ve created a short tutorial for beginners on how to create a simple infographic with Visme.
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Want to Explain How-To? Do It Visually With These Free Tools

Want to Explain How-To? Do It Visually With These Free Tools | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
When you want to teach your audience how to do something, visualization is one of the easiest and most effective ways to build awesome media. While we’ve talked about more obvious ways to visualize an instruction such as a SlideShare presentation or a video, here are a few newer, more creative ways to visualize your how-to instruction.
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Skills and Strategies | Doodling, Sketching and 'Mind Mapping' as Learning Tools

Skills and Strategies | Doodling, Sketching and 'Mind Mapping' as Learning Tools | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
The broad concept of “drawing to learn” is gaining respect and popularity from classrooms to boardrooms.

As Sunni Brown says in her TED talk, posted below, there has long been “a powerful cultural norm against doodling in settings where we are supposed to learn something,” but doodling — and its more formal cousins “sketchnoting,” “visual notetaking” and “mind mapping” — might instead be considered powerful and interesting ways to “help yourself think.”
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Sketchnoting FOR Learning

The term sketchnoting describes a style of visual note-taking recently gaining popularity and it's not just useful for taking notes during meetings, but it can also act as powerful visual thinking tool in learning.

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Ante Lauc's curator insight, October 20, 2015 1:51 AM

I like mind mapping, it seems similar....

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The Visual Linguist: Emoji and visual languages

The Visual Linguist: Emoji and visual languages | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
I'm excited that my recent article on the BBC website about emoji has gotten such a good response. So, I figured I'd write an addendum here on my blog to expand on things I couldn't get a chance to write in the article. I of course had a lot to say in that article, and it was inevitable that not everything could be included.

The overall question I was addressing was, "are emoji a visual language?" or "could emoji become a visual language?" My answer to both of these is "no."
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How VR Productivity Apps Could Make Us As Smart As Sherlock - Road to VR

How VR Productivity Apps Could Make Us As Smart As Sherlock - Road to VR | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
If you’re a certain kind of geek you’re probably familiar with the BBC’s Sherlock series. That show is the reason why we know how to pronounce the name Benedict Cumberbatch. This modern update on Holmes uses an old technique to keep his prodigious brain on track: Sherlock has a “mind palace.”
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How To Use Visuals To Think Creatively

How To Use Visuals To Think Creatively | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it

Using visuals in your notes can be so much more powerful than pure text notes. Using visuals is not about avoiding words. Most of my notes are text. But if you have one strong visual per page, it can serve like an anchor, and your mind will often be able to reload the entire idea into your memory in an instant without you having to read through all the text again.

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Ante Lauc's curator insight, October 20, 2015 1:55 AM

Capability to visualize elements and relations, understand processes and structures is the most important task to create learning better

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Sketching: the Visual Thinking Power Tool

Sketching: the Visual Thinking Power Tool | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
I’m excited to share why sketching can be so beneficial, show samples of sketches, and provide helpful resources. My goal is to encourage you—whether you’re a designer, front-end developer, coder, writer or whatever you may be—to add sketching to your toolkit.
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Essential Guide to Visual Thinking for E-Learning | The Rapid E-Learning Blog

Essential Guide to Visual Thinking for E-Learning | The Rapid E-Learning Blog | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
The essence of visual thinking is to convert your text-based information to images and text that show concepts and the flow of ideas. I like the way Dave Gray describes it as a way to “move beyond the linear world of the written word, lists, and spreadsheets and entering the non-linear world of spatial relationships, networks, maps, and diagrams.”
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A Three-Step Process to Create Hand Drawn Custom Characters | The Rapid E-Learning Blog

A Three-Step Process to Create Hand Drawn Custom Characters | The Rapid E-Learning Blog | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
You don’t have to be an artist to create custom characters. In fact, there’s a lot of value in hand drawn characters because they add personality and stand in contrast to the more typical (and often sterile) characters used in a lot of elearning courses. It’s just a matter of learning a few production techniques and then taking some time to practice.
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