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Inspiring the Makers of Tomorrow: 3D Printing With SketchUp for Schools

Listen and learn

Listen and learn : Lecture

Wednesday, June 26, 12:00–1:00 pm
Location: Room 125

Steven Griffin  
Bring 3D printing to your classroom with SketchUp for Schools, a free 3D modeling program available in G Suite. Join us as we present brand-new lesson plans that address the ISTE Standards and will inspire your students to use design thinking to create original, 3D-printable models, all from their Chromebooks!

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees that would like to follow along with our SketchUp for Schools workshop on their own device should bring their laptop and optional 3 button mouse.

We will be using SketchUp for Schools in our session, which is a free G Suite app that requires prior district approval, and can be accessed here: https://edu.sketchup.com/app/

If attendees do not have prior district approval, they can follow along using SketchUp Free available here: https://app.sketchup.com/app

Attendees are also invited to just listen and take notes if preferred.

Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Creativity and productivity tools
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
Innovative Designer
  • Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In this session, attendees will be introduced to SketchUp for Schools: they will learn how to access the application at their school, as well as how to learn/teach 3D modeling with SketchUp for Schools curriculum. At the completion of this session, attendees should feel comfortable with the following on their own:

Accessing and deploying SketchUp for Schools in the G Suite for Education apps marketplace.

Accessing SketchUp for Schools grade-specific curriculum

Using SketchUp for Schools’ navigation tools to move around a model

Creating basic 2D and 3D geometry: rectangles, circles, cubes

Accessing the material library to apply colors

Opening, saving, sharing, and organizing SketchUp files in Google Drive

Using Google Classrooms to create assignments in SketchUp


Introduction (10 minutes)
What is SketchUp?
History: humble beginnings to 30 Million users worldwide
Case studies: how the K-12 community is using SketchUp
Technology in education (10 minutes)
Rapid shifts in technology since the beginning of personal computers: from clunky hardware, to portable laptops, to mobile and web-only devices
How technology changes the way we teach and learn
The rise of Chromebooks & Google Classrooms
Everything in the cloud

SketchUp for Schools and G Suite for Education (5 minutes)
How to access and deploy SketchUp for Schools in your district

How to teach 3D modeling in SketchUp for Schools (25 minutes)
Where to access SketchUp for Schools curriculum
Introduction to the SketchUp for Schools interface: build a 3D digital box
Mini modeling design challenge: how to build and apply materials to create the SketchUp logo
Familiarize the user with best practices for modeling workflow and organization.

Conclusion / Questions (10 minutes)

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Steven Griffin, SketchUp

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