Some of you know I am obsessed with Google Drawing. I feel like it’s a little known Google App that people are starting to notice. People….start noticing it! It’s ah-mazing – it has so much potential for teacher and student use.
In a nutshell, Google Drawing lets you create, edit and share drawings online. It’s easy to use. You can enhance images with text boxes, word art, arrows, shapes, call-outs, etc. You can use hyperlinks to make it interactive and there are many ways you can publish your drawing, making it easy to get it out in the format you need. Best of all, it’s a Google tool, so you can collaborate in real-time on the same drawing!
So, how do you start using Google Drawing? Go to Drive, Select New and Click on Drawing
You now have a canvas that you can use to insert text boxes, images, hyperlinks, shapes, etc. There are so many different options here and I’ve found that students really like to use this tool.
How can you and your students use this in your classroom?
- Graphic organizers
- Here’s a link to a TON of graphic organizers already created – when you find one you want, you can click File and Make a Copy
- Word sorts; vocabulary; main ideas; parts of the body, etc.
- Here’s an example of a Branches of Government sort
- Want to have a visual for how to do something? Use Drawing!
- Foldable or Tiny Book
- Posters and Signs
- You can create custom canvas sizes so you can print legal sized posters, too
- Label images
- Insert an image and use text boxes to label
- Comic books
- Students use shapes to create microscopes, animals, science apparatus, math symbols…..be creative!
Here’s a presentation I created that has more ways to use Drawing
I try to be real, so here are a couple things that annoy me (slightly):
- You can only work with one canvas at a time – I’d like to be able to have more than one canvas in a Drawing on the same topic, so I end up creating more than one file. I can, then, publish as a PDF and use the Google Add-On PDF Mergy, to put it together into one document.
- You have the option to insert a Drawing into a Google Doc from the Google Doc you’re working on. I love the option, but sometimes the drawing looks pixelated (blurry). To work around, I create my Drawing in the Drawing App, download as a .jpeg and then insert it as an image into Doc. It tends to look better that way
Do you have other ideas for how to use GDraw in your classroom? Leave a comment with your ideas!