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Google Drawing: Creating Perfect Circles

To create perfect circles when drawing in Google Draw, Google Slides or really ANY application that allows you to create shapes hold down the shift key while drawing. Shift Key Holding down the shift key while drawing or resizing constrains the proportions. Unless you want to stretch out your shape or image get in the […]

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Google Docs: Prompt Students to Make a Copy

A feature of the old Google spreadsheets was to be able to append &newcopy to the end of the URL. What this would do is when you share a view only link with a student, it would prompt the student to make a copy. This is a feature I used all the time with students […]

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Math: Creating Angles in a Google Drawing

Thank you to Sarah Camp for allowing me to blog about her idea for using Google Draw in the math classroom. In order to help her students to have accurate angles in their Google Drawings she has them import an image of protractor. Students can then compare the lines they draw in Google   Transparent […]

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Common Core: Google Draw – Model with Mathematics

CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP4 Model with mathematics. Mathematically proficient students can apply the mathematics they know to solve problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace. In early grades, this might be as simple as writing an addition equation to describe a situation. In middle grades, a student might apply proportional reasoning to plan a school event […]

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Using Google Draw for Virtual Manipulatives

  A commonly overlooked Google Tool is Google Draw. While on the surface Google Draw is a simply a basic drawing program, the power of Google Draw is the ability to collaborate and publish just as you can in other Google Docs. Create a Template Create shapes or objects for students to manipulate in a […]

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My First Google Doc Assignment

  I love Google Drawing. Many people do not even realize it is part of the Google Doc’s options. When I am teaching and introducing students to Google Drive and Google Docs I use Google Draw as my first activity. I create a template in Google Draw for a name sign. I then have students […]

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Custom Sized Canvas in Google Draw

If you are like me and you like to use Google Draw you may want to have your canvas be a particular size. For general canvas resizing, look to the bottom right corner of drawing for the “grippy bars.” Click and drag this corner will resize the canvas. Warning: immediately after resizing the document adjusts […]

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Creating Mind Maps in Google Draw

Why use Google Draw rather than other mind mapping tools? Google Draw is collaborative and is in my Google Drive with the rest of my files, thus easy to find. Teachers can also insert comments on a Google Draw as you can in other Google Docs, so it makes for a nice tool for being […]

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5 Easy Steps: Create a Shadow for Infographic Elements in Google Draw

A Common Core activity I like to have students create are infographics. I have several blog postson infographic tips.  Here is one more tip. Frequently in graphics you will notice there is a drop shadow behind shapes. Google Draw does not have a “shadow” option, so the students will have to manually create them. Step […]

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Using Google Draw to Keep Info Updated

In gamifying my STEAM* class at a local charter high school, I needed the students to know what the target goal was at any given moment. Since more XP opportunities avail themselves throughout the semester, students will want to know where they stand in relation to where they should be. I realized that I needed […]

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Insert a Google Drawing into a Google Spreadsheet

I was helping my husband type up a worksheet template into a Google Spreadsheet. The middle section of the worksheet asked the students to “Write a paragraph or do a story map.” The write a paragraph part is easy, but how would students draw something in this digital space? Google Draw Obviously if you’re going […]

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Using Flickr to Create Custom Backgrounds in Google Draw

By using a background student infographic projects can look really professional.  My first recommendation is to have students take their own pictures to use as backgrounds.  I like to take random pictures of objects to capture the texture or be at an angle where the object is not recognizable.  To create a community of sharer’s […]

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Infographic Technique: Text that Pops

Currently I am into creating infographics using Google Drawing.  This is an activity that students can do that is fun, forces them to think critically about how to best represent information, is collaborative, is free and does not require an additional account beyond their Google account. Previously I blogged about how to create opacity with […]

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Opacity in Google Drawing

I very much like Google Draw.  It has the benefits that I love about Google Docs in general.  Using it with students is great because it is a simple program to not only let them easily create graphics for so many purposes, but can be shared with the teacher and other students for collaboration. A […]

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