Google Drawings is one of my favorite apps in G Suite. It is truly amazing!
Most of us have never even heard of it since it is not prominently displayed with the other powerhouse apps like Docs and Slides. Students can use Google Drawings to create awesome visuals for class projects.
It is a free, web-based diagramming software developed by Google. It allows users to collaborate and work together in real-time to create flowcharts, organizational charts, concept maps, and many other types of diagrams. Drawings can be inserted into other Google documents, sheets, or presentations.
You can access it from inside your Google Drive from either your Chrome Web Browser or the Drive App using the “NEW” tab. Google Drawings has many of the same tools as Google Slides. Another reason to LOVE Google! Once you learn the “Basics” in one app, many of the tools work the same way in other G Suite apps. Google Slides was created for online presentations and allows the user to create, reorder and delete multiple Slides which in turn allows those awesome transitions to be utilized. So, if you and your students are new to G Suite, Drawings is a great app to start with!
Using this 65-page resource, students will learn how to:
Day 1 – Find the Google Drawings App From inside Drive
Change the Background – Try “Tye-Dye Style”?
Create Shapes – Colorfill, Resize, Rotate & Flip
Day 2 – Draw Lines Using Line Tools
Day 3 – Add Text Boxes Or Word Art
Day 4 – Work with Images- Insert, Edit, Crop & Layer (Arrange)
Day 5 – Save My “Drawings” Image as Transparent Background (.png) or .jpeg
Day 6 – Add or Embed Your Image Into a Doc or Slide- “Where Can I Find My New Drawing and Insert It Now That I have Downloaded It?”
Day 7 – Create a Hyperdoc Using A “Hotspot” or Link & Create a Word Web