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You have a great idea… Your Teachers Pay Teachers budget is gone and you’ve resorted to sitting down and creating a handout yourself. You want it to be wonderfully creative and intriguing for their young eyes (like you see EVERYWHERE), the task is daunting. The room is quiet, computer is on, and you’ve got all the time in the world. {A teacher’s world that is, so let’s go with 10 minutes, once your kids leave, and before you finally get to go home. Sound about right?} But there’s a problem; everything is ready to go but your creative mind. What do you do?

Take these tips and steps and break that creative block… Give your students a stimulating worksheet to encourage task completion using your original thinking.

Now you’re probably telling me, ‘I don’t have the software I need to be creative.’ You’re wrong. You do, right there in your Google Drive, which you should be using because it’s an essential tool for a digital classroom. What’s it called? Google Drawings, and it’s going to rock your socks.

     TIP: Google Drawings lets you freely place text, images, shapes, and lines. Just click and drag!

We’re going to make a new worksheet for a book review. Let’s pick a classic: The Great Gatsby

Step #1: Create new Drawings document.

Log in to your Google Drive > Click New > Go to ‘more’ > Click Google Drawings

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Step #2: Title your document: Click in the title box > Type your document name > Click OK

Step #3: Customize the document for end use. I’ll be printing this worksheet to handout, so let’s change the size of the drawing to 8.5”x11”.

Go to File > Page Setup > Drop-down to Custom > Input dimensions > Click OK

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     TIP: The great thing about Drawings is how easy its interface is to use. Want to place a picture? Click on the little mountain icon. Want to place text? Click on the square with a T in the middle.

Step #4: Start placing content!

For my book review I decided to place a picture of the book cover on my sheet for some color. You can even upload images straight from your Google Drive, crazy I know! Play around with the image, move it, add a border to define it, and decide on where you’d like it.

     TIP: If you’re even a tiny bit familiar with Microsoft Word, then Drawings will be a breeze for you. Changing fonts, sizes and colors are just as easy in Drawings as in Word.

I placed some text, including a spot for the student’s name {because they always forget!}, a title, and questions. Take a look:

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Don’t forget to play with the tools in the top drop down menu to arrange and customize your drawing even more. You can make shapes and place images and send them to the back of the document, behind everything else.

     TIP: You can place a shape, then type right into it. Use the paragraph tool to align the text in your shape. 

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Think outside the box and take a second to search for helpful images, or even better, use a picture of something you’ve created and place it in your drawing. By adding fun graphics, even small, you’re giving the student something to stimulate their thinking. On my drawing, I even created a QR Code that links to a quiz.

 

That’s pretty much it! Google Drawings is one of the simplest tools to use on your computer, and the creativity is endless. Once you’ve placed all of your images, content, and used up your allotted 10 minutes, it’s time to export your drawing. {Remember, Google Drive is continuously saving your work, no need to frazzle over losing anything, ever.} If you want to print your drawing for yourself, or your students, you can straight from Google Drawings. OR if you want to take your creative juices to the next level, you can export it as a PDF and add interactive features using ThingLink or Aurasma… The possibilities are endless!

To export to PDF:

Click File > Download As > Click PDF (Or PNG/ JPG)

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Have fun and show us how you got creative with Google Drawings, share yours using #etechtalk!

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