Five ideas for using Google Drawings this fall.

Yesterday I shared five ideas for using Google Jamboard this fall. Jamboard and Google Drawings are very similar. There are some differences between the two that can make one better than the other in terms of usage. Here are five ways to think about using Google Drawings online or in your classroom this fall.

Create labeling activities.

Google Drawings allows you to import images on which you can draw your own image. One of the methods I’ve used in the past is to create a map labeling activity. All you have to do is open a new Google drawing and then use the integrated image search to find the map. Once you have selected the map, you can use the drawing tools to mark it. This is a demonstration of how the whole process, including distribution through Google Classroom, works.

Virtual ice breakers.

I shared this idea a few weeks ago, but it’s worth repeating to those who missed it. The idea is for students to place themselves anywhere in the world using Google Drawing. To do this, students must first find a picture of themselves and remove the background from it. Photo sensor makes background removal quick and easy then download a new background-free image. Once they have a picture of themselves, the students open Google Drawings where they put a picture of where they want to go or want to go again. Finally, they insert their profile picture into the background image in Google Drawings. These steps may seem complicated, but they are not. In this short video I show the whole process.

Create flowcharts.

Google Drawing is a great tool for creating flow charts. You can create your own and distribute them to your students through Google Classroom or create your own flow charts to show an understanding of an action. This video shows you how to create a flow chart with Google Drawings and then distribute it to your students through Google Classroom.

Create a digital turkey.

Last fall I received an email from a reader about how to create a digital version of the classic Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Turkey project in which students add feathers to a Turkish drawing and each feather has something to write on. But they are grateful. This. Thanks. My suggestion to create a digital version of Turkey was to use a combination of Pixabay and Google Drawings. I made this short video to show you how this process works.

Create your own icons and shapes.

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