Activities with Google Drawings
Janet Corder and Joan Gore
Tony Vincent - Learning in Hand
Tony Vincent from Learning in Hand frequently shares tutorials and ideas for using Google Drawings.
- Get Creative with Google Drawings
- Creating an Infographic in Google Drawings
- Fantastic Learning Activities with Google Drawings
Tony also offers an online course, Classy Graphics, where he teaches how to use Google's drawing tools to make graphic organizers, custom sticky notes, social media graphics, flyers, and interactive activities. Follow #ClassyGraphics on Twitter to find out more!
Shapegrams - Tony created Shapegrams to introduce his students to the drawing tools in Google Drawings. He offers 4 of the Shapegrams for free. The tutorials on these 4 Shapegrams are excellent. For $35 per year, you can subscribe to Tony's Shappegrams site, which gives you access to all of the Shapegrams and a license to distribute them to students. Follow #Shapegrams on Twitter for more ideas and student examples!
Google Drawing is a part of Google that you might not use often, but once you start experimenting with it, the classroom possibilities are endless! Google Drawings gives you and your students the ability to manipulate, add images and text, shapes and more.
The teacher can create and share fill in the blank activities (templates).
The teacher can create and share drag-and-drop activities (templates).Students can create drawings from scratch (a blank canvas).
Eric Curts - Control Alt Achieve
- 30 Free Google Drawings Graphic Organizers
- Motivational Posters with Google Drawings
- Creating Fractions in Google Slides and Drawings
- Create Your Own Story Cubes with Google Drawings
- Wintertime Magnetic Poetry with Google Drawings
- 3 Tools for Making Memes in School (includes a template)
- Google Drawings Chess and Checkers for Students
- Exploring Tangrams with Google Drawings
- Teaching Math with Google Drawings
- 11 Ways to Teach Math with Google Drawings
- Pattern Block Templates and Activities with Google Drawings
These are just a few of Eric's Google Drawings Resources. Click here for everything!
Matt Miller - Ditch That Textbook
- 25 Free Google Drawings Graphic Organizers and How to Create Them
- 35 Creative Google Drawings Activities for Classes
- Use Google Drawings for brain-friendly visual notetaking
- 10 engaging Google Drawings activities for classes
- Caption This! A fun, deep-thinking Google Drawings activity
Matt has created the Google Drawings Manifesto for Teachers. It has enough info to keep you busy for hours!bit.ly/Ditchmanifesto
Tutorials, Templates, Blogs and More
Create a Book Character Map from Google's Applied Digital Skills Curriculum
Lessons from Google's Applied Digital Skills Curriculum
A Guide To Google Drawings For Teachers, Students, And Bloggers by Kathleen Morris
How to Create Interactive Google Drawings by Ed Tech Teacher
Templates for Google Drawing by Jocelynn Buckentin
Google Drawings CHEAT SHEET for Teachers and Students! by Kasey Bell (Shake Up Learning)
Math Examples by Kelly Cross
Google Drawings Templates by Larissa Aradj
20 Ways to Use Google Drawings in the Classroom by Kasey Bell (Shake Up Learning)
Drag and Drop Examples
On most of these, you will need to Make a Copy in order to use them.
Who Are You by Jocelynn BuckentinMaking Change by Tamara Thompson
Timeline by John Sowash
Sight Words Activity by Jocelyn Bucatin
Transparent, Opaque, Translucent Sorting by Laura Wringe, Black Gold Regional Schools
Season Sorter by Meg Coover
Triple Beam Balance Practice by Meg Coover
Bones by MrAdamPE
Tons of Shared Resources from Black Gold Regional School Division (not all are Google Drawings)
Map created by a student from a tweet by @wasd20Nate
Landscapes Using Shapes by 7th-grade students from a tweet by @theroar_bhes
Fill in the Blank/Typing Information Examples
On most of these, you will need to Make a Copy in order to use them.
Fact vs Fiction by Kathryn Greene
Book Character Trading Card by Darren Maltais
Animal Trading Card by Darren Maltais
Story Elements Butterfly Chart by John Sowash
Prediction Chart by John Sowash
Nonfiction Text Features by Amy Hermon
Lines of Symmetry by Eric Curts
Choice Boards are the ultimate tool for differentiating learning in the classroom! Students are given a variety of activities to choose from in order to demonstrate understanding of a topic or unit of study. Choice Boards can easily be created in Google Drawings.
Examples:Family Choice Board by Susan Stewart (@TechCoachSusan)
Chemical Reactions (File, Make a Copy) by Ashley Jackson (@techcoachashley)
Create a Self Portrait
GEG Virtual Paint Nite in Google Slides presented by Emma Cottier (@EmmaCottier)
GEG Virtual Paint NIte Video by presented by Emma Cottier (@EmmaCottier)
Tutorial by Jessica Garrity
Anne Frank @EmmaCottier
Stephanie Rothstein @StephRothEDU
Kerrie Shelden @kez1133
Student Examples @EmmaCottier
Dr. Mandi Tolen, Ed.D @MandiTolenEDU
Stephanie Rothstein @StephRothEDU
Audrey Hepburn @EmmaCottier
Digital Portraits Using the Curve Tool @LisaAddison1
Create a Google Drawing
Open Google Drive
Use the dropdown menu to select Google Drawings
Start from Scratch
Google Drawings has so many classroom applications and this is one idea that can be used in any subject area and grade level.
The following directions are for creating a picture of yourself with 3 different callouts containing a fact about yourself.
- Create a New Google Drawing
- Go to Insert → Image and find the picture you want to use.
- Select Insert → Shape → Callouts.
- Choose one of the callouts.
- Drag the callout to desired location and type in your first fact.
- Drag the yellow dot (located at the tip of the point) to move the point of the callout.
- While the callout is selected, click on the Fill tool and change the color.
- Create 2 more callouts for the other facts.
- You can change the alignment, font, font size and color, etc. of the text, if desired.
- Click Insert →Text Box to add your name to your picture. Drag your text box to the desired location. Change the font and the font size and color so that it is clearly visible.
- Go to File and select Download As → JPEG.
Describe yourself at the beginning of the year.
What was Washington thinking when he crossed the Delaware?
How would you describe a parallelogram?
What are five important facts about an animal cell?
Create a Digital Valentine Card
1. You will be given the name of 5 students in the class.
2. You will create a Valentine's day card for each of the five people using Google Drawings.
3. Be creative and add a special message to brighten each person's day.
4. When you are finished download it as a PDF and upload it to your Google Drive.
5. Then you will share the Valentine’s Day card to their Google Drive (Share the PDF copy so they can’t edit it)
You will also receive 5 cards from 5 special people.
- THINGS TO INCLUDE ON YOUR CARD
· A Valentine’s Day Greeting (E.g. Happy Valentine’s Day Sally)
A Valentine’s Day message, quote, joke or riddle
Valentine’s day clipart and images
Closing message ( E.g. I hope you have a great day. From, Michael)
- SAMPLE MESSAGES
· I hope you enjoy Valentine's day as much as I enjoy having you as a friend.
You have a wonderful heart, and for that reason, I'll always be your friend.
Rose petals have thorns as their companions. I have you. It's good to have a friend like you looking out for me.
You have at least one friend who loves having you around!
Friends like you are rare and valuable. I don't know if I've told you that lately.
Step by Step
Google Drawing – Exercise #1
Google has its own drawing program in which you can create simple graphics.
At the top left where it says “Untitled Drawing” Change that to: Google Drawing 1
Note: Always name your files with appropriate names.
Line Tool: In the Toolbar - choose the Line Tool
On the checked canvas area - draw a line - about 3” long. Notice that the line is still selected - because it has the blue glow around the line.
Click once outside of the canvas area to deselect the line.
Now choose the Arrow tool (in the toolbar) and select the line - the line will be selected again with a blue highlight or box around the line.
With the line selected - change the color of the line: Select the Line Color Tool choose a color.
With the line still selected - change the weight of the line:
Select the Line Weight Tool select 16px
Select the Line Dash Tool: select one of the dash choices.
With the line selected - change the line end and line start:
Select the Line Start Tool: choose an arrow. And, also choose the Line End Tool and choose a Circle for the end of the line.
Shape Tool: In the Toolbar - choose the Shape Tool:
Find the Smiley Face shape - and draw a Smiley Face on the canvas. Keep the smiley face selected for the following:
Select the Fill Color Tool and change the color of the face.
Select the Border Color Tool and change the color of the border.
Select the Border Weight Tool and change the weight to 16px
Select the Border Dash Tool and choose a Dash
Select the Format Options Tool: and choose: Reflection
Text Box Tool: In the Toolbar - choose the Text Box Tool:
Click once on the Canvas - it will create a text box - type your first name in the box.
Highlight your name - and change the size of the text to: 40
and, Change the color of your Name (your choice of color.
In the Format Options - choose Drop Shadow
Insert Image Tool: In the Toolbar - choose the Insert Image Tool:
Select Search the Web - search for Flowers select a flower to insert into the drawing.
Turn in the Project to the Google Classroom: Since Google automatically saves our project as we go - we can open a new Tab (browser window) and attach this project to the assignment.
Change the Layout of Your Google Drawing
Select one of the options or Custom
If you choose Custom, you will probably use Inches or Pixels
Tips and Tricks
- Insert a Google Drawing into a Google Doc: Select Drawing from the Insert menu in a Doc. Choose New or From Drive.
- Ctrl D (PC) Command D (Mac) duplicates an object
- Shapes: yellow diamonds allow you to alter the shape, blue boxes are used to adjust the shape and the blue circle is used to rotate the shape.
- To change the background from the dotted grid to any color right-click, select Background and choose your color.
- To change the order of the objects on your canvas, right-click on the object and select Order.
- To align objects on your canvas, select the objects you want to align, right-click and choose Align Horizontally or Align Vertically.
- To select multiple objects, drag across them with your cursor or use Shift and click or Control and click.
- When sharing activities (templates) with others, make them View Only,
- Replace Edit with Copy in the URL of the shared template to force the user to Make a Copy.
- Text can be added inside of a shape without having to create a text box.
- After you have completed a Google Drawing, go to File and select Download to access saving options.
- Use the File menu to download your Drawing as a PNG because it will maintain transparency. Tip: PNG files (not JPEG) maintain transparency if you have that.
Most of the time you will want to use PNG images. These images do not have a background. When searching Google Images or any other site for images, add PNG to your search and it should filter out all of the pictures that have backgrounds.
Where can you get images?
Pixabay - free images that do not require a citation
Pexels - free images that do not require a citation
Unsplash - free images that do not require a citation
FavPNG - transparent PNG images; 2 downloads per day for free account, unlimited downloads on premium account