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Bring Content to Life with Google Drawings

Discover how to use Google Drawings as a learning tool.

Have you discovered Google Drawings yet?  If not, you are missing out on a great educational tool. While it’s potential might not be obvious from the start, Google Drawings offers numerous possibilities for creating engaging learning activities.

Last February, I posted “Graphic Organizers using Google Drawings” which highlighted a blog post by Matt Miller, on his site Ditch That Textbook, titled 15 FREE Google Drawings graphic organizers — and how to make your own”.  If you missed that post, I suggest that you check it out for some wonderful examples of graphic organizers that are ready to use.

Graphic organizers are great for certain activities, but that is not the only learning tool that Google Drawings offers.  Matt Miller has written another post on his site titled, 10 engaging Google Drawings activities for classes.”  Yes, graphic organizers are mentioned as one of the engaging activities, but there is so much more!   

  • Interactive Posters
  • Photo Comic Strips
  • Interactive White Board
  • Digital Manipulatives
  • Annotate Images
  • Informational Graphics
  • Timelines
  • Add and Pass Activity
  • Tutorial Graphics

Matt Miller’s post provides a description for each of these activities and how these might be used in the classroom.   

Still not sure?  Check out some of these content specific examples:

Art -  (Annotate Images) Students select a famous painting and add “callouts” or “arrows” to point out and label different elements of art that are present in the painting.   Take it a step further to have students import the annotated drawing to a Google Doc where the students write up an “Art Review.”

Math - (Interactive Posters) Students design a poster related to a math concept that includes diagrams and images to represent the concept.  Links and annotated images are provided to show how the concept connects to real world problems.

Social Studies - (Informational Graphics) Students research an issue in society and create a infographic to illustrate the content.   

Science - (Tutorial Graphics) - Students create a graphic of an experiment.  The graphic  includes images, text, and/or links that walk a person through the stages of the experiment.

Feel free to share how you use Google Drawings in your classroom to engage students in learning!


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