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.


It is an interactive way to support writing!



Layer Writing on Top of Graphics

  • Open a Google Doc

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  • Insert an image
    • Step 1: Click Insert
    • Step 2: Click Drawing
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    • Click Insert 
    • Choose Image

Drawing 2

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

Drawing 3

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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!

Pick a Color Google Drawing …

Yes! Just discovered the background tool for Google Drawings! Prior to this I inserted a color filled square or rectangle in the background. You wouldn’t believe how quick and easy it is to fill a background with color. Watch and see!!!

What Google Drawings Page Setup Should I Use for Creating Interactives?

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Google Drawing provides 3 standard sizes and a multitude of custom choices to pick from when choosing a page setup of an Interactive Manipulative.

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  1. The standard 4:3 is equivalent to a width of 10 inches and a height of 7.5 inches.
  2. Widescreen 16:9 is equivalent to a width of 10 inches and a height of 5.625 inches
  3. Widescreen 16:10 is equivalent to a width of 10 inches and a height of 6.25 inches.
  4. When in custom view you have the four measurement forms of inches, centimeter, points or pixels to choice from.
    1. Inches are the standard unit of measurement used by Americans.
    2. Centimeters are the standard unit of measurement used by most countries.
    3. Points are a printers measurement term based upon typography measurements.
    4. Pixels are the resolution measurement term for photographs.
  5. Use the form of measurement your most familiar with when choosing page settings.

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What to Consider When Choosing a Page setup

  • Are you going to be printing the Google Drawing or strictly using it as an interactive manipulative?
  • If printing it is easiest to stay within a standard size paper setting such as 8.5 inches by 11 inches or smaller.
    • Remember the only thing which prints is anything placed within the work area.
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      • Anything outside of the work area will not print
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    • Choosing which size to use really depends on personal preference and if one is using the drawing to print or as an interactive manipulative.
    • At the beginning of this post is an example of a custom size interactive manipulative where anything laying outside of the work area will not print. However it is suitable for a learning interactive (hyperdoc) Manipulative.

Create a Photomontage with Google Drawing

Creating a Photomontage is an activity which can be used in so many different ways. I created this Photomontage to be used as an introduction to a Social Studies digital interactive activity. Teachers can use a photomontage to assess students prior knowledge of a subject or just for a conversation starter. The teacher shows the photomontage to the class and asks if there is anything anyone would like to share about the pictures. Students can comment about anything they observe in the photomontage. Conversation starters like this photomontage tend to alleviate tension when learning and sharing new information.


Students can create photomontages to share what they know about a content area. This can be used as an individual or group project. One benefit of a photomontage project is it provides an opportunity for students with lower reading and writing ability to participate.

This is how I used Google Drawing to create the Photomontage: