You’re probably asking why should I use or even teach my students to use Google Draw? How many times have you assigned some kind of report for your students to do and when you get it back it’s filled with many, many pictures that the student just inserted. Pictures gotten from the internet, probably violating copyright and no attributions. I’m not suggesting that we CAN NOT have students use photos or professionally made illustrations in reports or projects. But how much will the student learn from just inserting an image? Wouldn’t the student learn more about the subject if he or she actually had to do a drawing (or even take their OWN pictures)?
We are currently starting our Solar System Unit in my third grade classroom. I created a digital interactive notebook for the students to use while we learn about the solar system. The first planet we learn about is Earth. We learn about all it’s layers, movement in space, the seasons, etc. So after I had taught them about the layers of the Earth, it was time for them to construct their own model using Google Draw. Of course, it would have been so easy to tell them to search for an image and insert it onto the page. But what have they learned about Earth’s layers? Did I think they would REALLY look in detail at the image they inserted? Probably not. They would probably just choose the prettiest or most colorful image.
So that is where Google Draw comes in. Since this would be the first time my students would be using Google Draw, I did the entire process with them projecting all the steps from my laptop to the screen. They followed along on their Chrome Books.
Here’s an example from one of my students:
If you want to know how we did it, here are the steps. You can also download a PDF version of the steps HERE.
Was it all some fancy exercise to justify the expenditure of district funds for Chrome Books? NO! Here’s what my students learned by drawing their OWN cutaway diagram:
So the next time you want to have students include pictures or illustrations, turn them on to Google Draw and let them create their own!