Next month, I’m presenting at an academic conference (American Philosophical Association) about teaching high school students how to write using Zettelkasten. I was going to use Obsidian and have the audience create a mini Zettelkasten together.
Unfortunately, I found out today that there won’t be any AV equipment available, and it’s unclear whether we’ll even have whiteboards.
So now I’m brainstorming ways to adapt. Here are some ideas:
If we have a whiteboard, bring lots of magnets and sheets of paper, put sheets of paper on the wall representing atomic notes, and link them with markers. I’ve actually done this in class for zettelkasten, argument mapping, etc, and it’s really fun.
If we don’t have a white board, but there’s an empty wall available, I can use paper, tape, and string.
I could give each participant a stack of index cards, and have them do a guided activity making their own mini-zettelkasten, and spend the last few minutes sharing interesting things they found. (This works no matter what the room looks like, but is riskier than 1 and 2: with the communal activity I can nudge the group in the direction I want. With individual work there’s a good chance no one really “gets” what we’re doing and our time is wasted.)
Any other ideas?