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Using Google Auto Draw for Artistically Challenged Teachers

I can’t draw a straight line to save my life. Especially not with a touchpad or a mouse. SmartBoard lines are almost worse. Students often mock and jeer at any objects I try to project in 2D on the board. It truly is laughable.


Now Google Auto Draw is here! I finally have a way to easily create exactly what I’m looking for and consistently use an iconography my students will recognize.


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This feature also allows students to create and use images for various projects and activities. The images can be shared on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and as a link. The image downloads as a .png file. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

Here are just a few ideas to get you started on ways to use AutoDraw in the classroom:

  • business/personal logo (can be uploaded to Google Draw)
  • images for presentations (Slides)
  • symbols for hyperlinks in Docs, Slides, and Sites
  • modeling ideas for other students
  • visualizing processes
  • thinking maps
  • connotative, associative thinking skills
  • inspiration for their own AI projects

I used Google AutoDraw to create this blog’s logo. It went through a couple different evolutions before it became the one featured above.

How are you using Google AutoDraw? Leave a comment below!


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