Teacher Review For Google Drawings

The Unpolished Gem of Google Apps for Education

Stephen B.
Classroom teacher
Mary E. Volz School
Runnemede, NJ
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Google Drawings belongs in your classroom. It does not matter what you are currently teaching, if your students are using computers and have Google Apps for Education (GAFE) account Google Drawings will fit amazingly well into your busy classroom environment. The biggest hurdle with Google Drawings is that it makes a terrible first impression. First off, Google hides it in a secondary “More” menu under the “New” button making this seem like a program that is less than Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Secondly, the name is wrong, the ability to actually do a “drawing” in the traditional sense of the word is extremely limited. The only free hand drawing tool is the “scribble” tool nested under the line button. That said, it’s not even a true scribble because the lines created are automatically rounded (no matter how jagged you draw). So, if it is not a true “drawing” program, what is “Google Drawings”? It is a blank canvas with which you can create almost anything if you put your mind to it. I’ve made dozens of organizational templates and charts to assist students. You can even take a photograph and insert it into Google Drawings, then put images and shapes on top of it. Google Drawings gets bonus points for being able to save images in different file formats. One of my students’ favorite tricks in creating 3D objects is drawing something with Google Drawings, saving it as a scalable vector graphics (.svg) file and then importing into Tinkercad. My favorite thing about Google Drawings is the ability to click on any item at any time and change it. If you create an object, line, image, arrow, word, or anything with this program, you can always go back and adjust it. Objects are easily layered one on top of the other giving the user the ability to create images with depth. Google Drawings are awesome, simply put.
My Take
I love Google Drawings, it's the Swiss Army Knife of Google Apps for Education!