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Enhance your curriculum with Google Drawing!

If you've ever assigned a poster or a timeline, you may have turned to poster board, markers, and glue. However, the oft-forgotten app Google Drawing is a much better option, without the glittery, sticky, glue-filled mess! At Sudlow, we have had much success with Drawing this year in several capacities. Below are a few ways to substitute Google Drawing for other messy projects in your curriculum!

First option: Posters

As mentioned, creating a poster, whether on poster board, or a tri-fold display board, can get pretty messy. But, using Google Drawing can easily avoid the messes! A neat thing about Drawing is that you can customize the workspace. Anywhere from the industry standard 8 1/2" x 11" to 11" x 17" to whatever you desire, it can be done. Additionally, with the image resources and text and color options available, making a visually-appealing poster using that workspace is simple. An example at Sudlow is the country posters that students created using Drawing. Those are 11" x 17" full-color, impressive displays of creativity that are hanging here in the school!

Second Option: Timeline

Of course there are services out there, such as TimeToast and others, that will create timelines, but why not create a timeline using Drawing? You are able to create textboxes for dates, lines and arrows correlating those dates with the timeline, and with the ability to fetch images from the one screen, it's extremely easy to create. Or, as one teacher has done at Sudlow, create a template for students to use, share that with Google Classroom (making a copy for each student), and then watch the creative magic happen!

Third Option: Graphic Organizers

Oftentimes, we're searching old file folders or doing a quick Google search to locate graphic organizers for a story or assignment. Why not create your own and let students customize it? Using Google Drawing, develop the organizer you'd like to use. Then, in Classroom, distribute and make a copy for each student, and then they can complete the graphic organizer, customizing their fonts or even adding images to fit the subject. This will not only enhance the excitement about the assignment, but also may result in a more thorough product that is turned in.

Fourth Option: Manipulatives

If you've ever used those brightly colored, wooden shapes in math class, you know how tricky it can be to keep them contained. You could easily use a Google Drawing for this. Once again, the teacher can create shapes or designs on a Drawing, use Classroom to share it out making copies for each student, and then carry out the lesson while students use the mouse to provide their answers. Another way this could be used is for STEM classes by composing sketches of designs. As a tribute to my dad, a Computer Networking and Programming professor at Blackhawk College, Drawing could be used to design a computer network layout, complete with which cables would run to which port, and where the Ethernet boxes would be located.

Fifth Option: Annotate an Image

The idea for this newsletter came after reading a post the other day by Matt Miller, author of Ditch that Textbook (a super easy and engaging read if you're looking for new reading material) that explained this option. Students could snag an image and input it in Drawing. Then, using textboxes or shapes, they can describe the action in the image, or arrow to key cities on a map, or have a little creative fun and give word bubbles to the subjects of the image!

What Will Your Next Drawing Assignment Be?

There are many other ways to implement Google Drawing into your curriculum. On Matt's blog post entitled "10 Engaging Google Drawing Activities for Your Classroom," he provides other ways to use Drawing and additional ways to sue what I highlighted. If you have other ideas of how you've used Drawing in your classroom, send them my way! I'd enjoy hearing about them. Or, if you'd like to integrate Drawing into your curriculum but aren't sure how to go about doing that, or where in your curriculum it would fit, I'd love to help!

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