Google Drawings Basics Day 3 – Drawing Lines… Who knew?!
Day 3 – Drawing Lines
We have come to the third day of instruction in my Google Drawings Basics Series, “Drawing Lines in Google Drawings and Slides”. Both Drawings and Slides allow the user to interact with this tool in the same manner so I include them both in this post.
As I teach basic digital graphic design concepts to my elementary students, I find that my kids need this tool to draw and connect their thinking on many occasions. Like using the Scribble Tool for the whiskers on Meghan’s cat or drawing straight lines on Zach’s Easter Egg:
Imagine the possibilities for our lessons and the creative opportunities for our students!
Here are the line choices and examples offered in my lesson Slides: (See more info. below)
From inside Drawings and Slides:
- Select the type of line you want from the toolbar: Line, Arrow, Elbow Connector, Curved Connector, Curve, Polyline or Scribble
- Click on your canvas to place the line on your drawing.
- Drag your line across the canvas.
- Click Select to edit again or delete
After selecting the line tool to draw with, you can decide on color, thickness, line dash and even select how you want the line to start and end. Choices for “Start and Ending Lines” are different styles of arrows, dots and squares.
For those that like to see a video demonstration: (Open this post in your browser if the video will not play on your mobile device)
I thought this would be a great time to let you know about another new Google initiative called Auto Draw. In the Spring of 2017, Google launched their “A.I. Doodle Bot” to transform our crude drawings into recognizable clipart. My students and I LOVE this combination of our own attempts to draw recognizable images on our devices and Google’s opportunity to show off it’s Artificial Intelligence capabilities.
After opening up the Auto Draw site, start doodling and Google tries to guess what you are drawing and offers suggested clipart for you to use. There are various tools, colors and even a text tool. Create shapes, fill in with colors and resize. Then download your image and share!
Check it out:
AutoDraw: Fast Drawing for Everyone
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At the end of this series, I will offer you my complete set of Google Drawings Slides (Still in Progress) to teach your kids how to creatively use Google Drawings. My Slides break procedures down into bite-sized pieces, as you see in this post offering you kid-friendly language and all the links and images you see throughout this series so that you may easily use my Slides in class.
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