“A doodle is an unfocused or unconscious drawing made while a person’s attention is otherwise occupied.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doodle
Despite what Wikipedia states doodling involves it is absolutely imperative for creatives and non creatives alike. I had a professor who dedicated numerous lectures about the advantages of doodling to the learning process whether it is done in a business meeting or while on the phone or simply during a lecture. Doodling allows the hand to operate in an almost meditative way which allows the mind and ears to be free to absorb the material being presented. Another way to describe doodling in a more professional sense is known as scribing. Scribing allows the, at times, painstakingly boring oral presentation to be translated into something that most people can understand in a visual way. The following video illustrates how this is possible.
the next link also describes how scribing can help teams of people to solve real life problems in a more effective way.
Scribing takes time and effort in order to be effective though. You don’t need to be a great drawer but you need to understand how symbols work and how people perceive symbols and drawings.
I am an avid doodler in fact as a child I was often reprimanded for doodling while sitting in class “instead of paying attention” as my teachers would say. These new videos encourage and bring urgency to the importance of doodling.
“The art of drawing which is of more real importance to the human race than that of writing… should be taught to every child just as writing is,” declared John Ruskin, one of the most prolific writers of the 19th century. This tid bit has been taken from http://moreintelligentlife.com/blog/importance-doodling .
So is doodling a useless act which distracts young minds or should our education system be embracing this and using it to aid their lesson plans? I believe it should be incorporated in everyday learning as it allows a child to express and decode the information given to them in their own way and ultimately it is absorbed in a more meaningful way.