Monday, May 5, 2014

Collaborating with Google Drawing

Collaboration is a key 21st Century skill. Google has a Drawing feature that allows students to collaborate on a work space that allows them to insert images, text, shapes, lines and scribbles.  Like other Google tools, Drawing allows for comments and chat while collaborating.  During our Pilot Project for our 1:1 initiative, teachers used Google Drawing to create timelines in English class and Science safety diagrams in science class.  Student final projects were created in Google Drawings to share out links to their mini-projects.

Once your drawings are complete, you can use them pretty much anywhere.  You can save them as multiple file types (.png, .jpeg, .pdf and .svg) and insert them into documents or embed them into websites (once published to the web).  A cool feature of Google Drawings is the snap to grid feature that allows you to easily align objects with precision.  The best part about Google Drawings is that it is FREE!

Some ideas for using Google Drawings in the classroom:

  • Timelines
  • Mind mapping
  • Brainstorming
  • Flow charts
  • Procedures
  • Geographical mapping
  • Posters
Let us know how you are using Google Drawings in the comments!

Tyler Callahan

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