Algebra Tiles Google Draw


A commonly overlooked Google Tool is Google Draw.
Google Drawing

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 Google Drawing. Share this document to the template gallery or share with students with view only rights to allow them to File->Make a Copy.
Submit to Template Gallery


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.
Off Canvas Google Draw


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.
Blue Share Button


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.


Algebra Tiles:

Integer Dots:

Counting Bears in a Boat: 

Fractions on a Number Line: By Dr. Cortney Steffens


Using Virtual Manipulatives in Google Draw

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