The Power of a Google Drawing

Last summer I discovered Google Drawings along with the vast uses for supporting education. Recently I’ve noticed how the Google Drawing APP is integrated into some of the other core components within a Google APPS for Education Account.

This past week I had the opportunity to explore using the Google Drawings  integrated within a Google Document. This tool unleashes the power to create original clipart, charts, graphic organizers, meme’s and etc… within a Google Document. This is done by layering both image files, shapes and a few other detailed steps to have the drawing image positioned properly in a Google Document.

Why do this?

  1. Provides visual support to help the student complete assignments.
  2. Students can express ideas in a picture along with words.
  3. Provides an interactive manipulative for problem solving built into the Google Document.
  4. Mind map support for writing.
    • Student may move Mind map throughout document.
  5. Provides an area to do computation within the document.
  6. Here are a few ideas to support creativity and critical thinking skills 
    • Student creates a Meme positioned at top of document.
      • Student then types or voice types explaining their inspiration for creating the Meme.
        • Same idea can be used with
          • Poetry layered on a graphic background.
          • An opening paragraph layered upon representative illustration.
  7. There is too Many Google Drawing Support ideas to share in one blog post  list.

MOST IMPORTANT to this POST:

It is an interactive way to support writing!

USING GOOGLE DRAWING

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Layer Writing on Top of Graphics

  • Open a Google Doc

Open New Google Doc.gif

  • Insert an image
    • Step 1: Click Insert
    • Step 2: Click Drawing
  •  drawing 1-2.png
    • Click Insert 
    • Choose Image

Drawing 2

  • Add a Text Box
    • Click Insert
    • Choose Text Box

Drawing 3

Watch Here to LEARN More!!!

 

 

Google Supports Autonomous Student Research

When it comes to students doing research Google Docs is one of the best tools around. Google Docs has many hidden features for supporting all different learning styles. It offers voice typing for the student who has difficulty expressing themselves with pen & paper. Another feature I really like is the Research Tool! This allows the student to do research right within the document without having to open a million browser tabs or windows.

The research tool provides the student with the ability to simply drag diagrams, clipart, and links right into a document. The student can easily cite resources in several different formats: MLA, Chicago and APA.

No need to worry about image usage rights when the researcher selects, “Free to use, share or modify even commercially” in the filter image results section of the Research Tool. The Google Docs Research Tool supports research by minimizing frustration to create a report which respects the owners rights.

Google Docs Research Tool Introduction

Using Research Tool

A Hidden Time Saver

Send an Attachment

It is simple to send an E-mail file attachment from within an opened Google File. This can be looked as one of the many hidden timesaving features built into the Google APPS for Education Accounts. Teachers are always looking for ways to find more time to focus on their students. This little step can save oodles of time from closing out of the file followed by opening Gmail. Then one still would need to go through the actions of composing and attaching or inserting the file from Google drive.

  1. Click file
    1. Then click Email as an attachment
    2. Step 1-3
  2. Click Drop down arrow next to PDF
    1. This will display file types
    2. Step 2-4
    3. Choose a file type
    4. Step 3-3
  3. Time to fill in the text box fields
    1. Step 4-3
    2. Add Email address
    3. Change subject
    4. Type a message
    5. Make sure a check mark appears
      1. This sends a copy to yourself
    6. Click the blue send button

Sometimes All It Takes Is a Baby Step…

When designing a graphic presentation or worksheet sometimes I’m challenged by the big jumps and leaps it takes to move clipart into place. Google APPS for Education has solved this problem. All you have to do is hold the shift key down and tap a  directional scroll key to move the object in very small increments.
Shift scroll keys

Google is becoming one of my favorite tools for creating!

Yes! Google APPS for Education Offers Templates!!! #GAfEtip

Today the directions for accessing Google Docs, Presentations and Spreadsheets Templates is provided by this video. The video was created by using a screencast program and Youtube Creator. Watch future posts where I will share directions for making instructional videos. After fooling around with several methods I’ve discovered it is possible to create attractive instructional videos without having fancy software.