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
Students can move the objects on the drawing around allowing them to model their understanding of a concept. Students can click on the pre-created manipulative shape in Google Draw and drag the shape to other areas of the canvas.
Take Advantage of Off Canvas
Zooming out on the drawing a little bit reveals room off of the drawing canvas. Creating the shapes off canvas and allowing students to discern which shapes they need and to drag them on canvas is one way students can make critical decisions. Alternatively students can drag shapes on canvas, off the canvas to remove excess objects.
Collaboration in Google Draw is a big advantage. Clicking on the blue share button, 2 or more students can be in the same Google Drawing at the same time. This allows them to reason together to model the solution to a problem. The teacher can also be in a document at the same time as a student to view their use of the virtual mathematics.
Students can record their screen as they manipulate the shapes allowing for the teacher to not only see the end result but also the thought process in between.
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