Google Drawings Basics Day 6 – Find and Insert Your “Drawing” Into Docs and Slides
Find Your “Drawing” (Image)
When you are ready to insert the recently created image you made using Google Drawings into your Doc or Slides, you will need to have it downloaded as an image (.jpeg or .png file) on your device if you have not done so already. Exactly how to do this is addressed in my previous post – “Day 5 Creating Images with A Transparent or Colored Background“. An image created in Drawings cannot be simply inserted in a Doc or Slide like other images that you see saved in your Google Drive.
After the Drawing/image is downloaded, it can be accessed in the “Temporary Downloads” folder if you are using a Chromebook. This virtual process has the potential to be frustrating since downloading a file automatically sends it to “Temporary Downloads” and most beginners do not know where the saved file goes and how to access this folder. One way to access this folder is to go to the launcher icon in the bottom left corner on a Chromebook, then type in the search bar- “Files”.
Click on the “Files” Folder and you should see “Downloads” as a choice on the left side column.
You will want to help your students understand that the “Downloads” folder is called “Temporary” for a reason. Chromebooks have very little internal memory, most only have a few gigabytes available for internal storage since it was created to be a Cloud-based device. If that memory has been exhausted, possibly by too many apps or downloaded files, it will not have room to save anything new. Because of this, I train my students to drag this new image from “Downloads” to another folder in their Drive right away so that it can be accessed easily in the future and their work is not lost. Maintaining a small number of files in “Downloads” is a smart idea.
Insert Your Drawing
There are five main steps in this entire process, shown in the video below:
- Find Your Finished Drawing in your Drive and open it.
- Download it by selecting – “FILE” – “DOWNLOAD AS” – Select “PNG” to eliminate a background
- From a new tab, Open the Doc or Slide You Want to Insert the Image in
- Go to – “INSERT” – “IMAGE” – “UPLOAD FROM COMPUTER“
- Select it from your “Downloads” and your drawing will appear! AWESOME!
Need more help with saving images? I have created a complete set of detailed, step-by-step procedures for working with images in my Working with Images – Google Basics For Kids Series. This link allows you to make your own copy so you and your students can learn at the same time. These slides are from another one of my Google Basics For Kids Series.
My next post will help you and your students place “Links” or “Hot Spots” on your Drawing. This is an incredible way to expand learning opportunities for the viewer of your Drawing. This also qualifies your Drawing to possibly be considered a “Hyperdoc” where your Drawing provides a home base or structure to facilitate learning connections to and from other websites or even link to another document to interact with! The possibilities are endless. I know many Edtech teachers prefer to use Drawings to create their Hyperdocs. If this term is new to you, you absolutely have to check out the Hyperdoc Girls- Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton & Sarah Landis.
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