How I Use It
I have used this product for a few years now and I have found that it is very intuitive and fun to learn! I have used this with students ranging from 6th to 12th grade in several different ways. One specific example was in a multimedia course I was teaching we went to our town's main street and photographed the older buildings while discussing architecture at the turn of the century. We then took these photos and re-created the buildings in sketchup in detail in about a week or less after a few days of instruction learning to use the tools. These 3D buildings were then uploaded to the google warehouse and shared with others who were then able to download and see them in google earth!! Most recently we have begun designing phone cases using sketchupand exporting the files to print them out using our 3D printer!! We were fortunate enough to have our state EDU purchase us a site license to the premium version so we had unlimited time to use the product with full functionality. Unfortunately I tried downloading the free version before and it was a time-based trial which may not be beneficial if you decide to use this free on a long term basis.
I believe this is a powerful and simple tool to use in the classroom whether to recreate structures for history, create designs for 3D print, to visualize an idea or for story-telling . I have come to find that our state university is using this app for interior design, architecture, and graphic design courses which is amazing considering we were able to teach and use this with lower-ed as well successfully! I would like to see a lite version in the future versus the free trial which ends after a certain amount of time for people wanting to test drive this product, or a version for education that is free (again we were fortunate and had our state EDU purchase us a license).