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Digital Learning Activities With Google Drawings

Explore and create

Explore and create : Creation lab

Wednesday, December 2, 4:00–4:50 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Rhonda Stroud McCutchen  
Tony Vincent  

Google Drawings is great for designing graphics, and it’s also a handy interactive whiteboard. Teachers are using this whiteboard in clever ways. Activities include fill-in, arranging, sorting, labeling, meme creation and math manipulatives. See lots of examples that you can copy, modify and distribute to your students.

Audience: Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees need a Google account in order to use Google Drawings.
Topic: Distance, online & blended learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Google Drawings is a free web-based product that can help teachers package interactive lessons and share them with students. The canvas in Google Drawings can be filled with shapes, lines, colors, images, text, and hyperlinks. With a bit of ingenuity, a teacher can create an interactive activity or lesson within a Google Drawings document. The document can be distributed to students in a variety of ways, including through Google Classroom. It's easy for teachers and students to leave comments within the document, enabling feedback.

Many of the activities are distributed to the audience so they can try them during the presentation. The sample activities start simple with fillable graphic organizers. Then they become more advanced with drag and drop activities. Some of the most innovative activities involve hyperlinking, answer reveals, and diagram creation.

Almost all of the techniques demonstrated within Google Drawings can also be done in Google Slides. Students do need their own Google accounts to access Google Drawings and Google Slides.


Google Drawings vs. Google Slides
Fill-in Activities
Arranging and Sorting
Labeling Activities
Hyperlinked Activities
Math Activities

*Audience is invited to follow along in their own copies of the demonstrated documents.

Supporting research

What does research say about active learning? (Pearson)

To Learn, Students Need to DO Something (Jennifer Gonzalez)

Online Tools for Teaching and Learning: Google Drawings (University of Massachusetts Amherst, College of Education)

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Rhonda Stroud McCutchen, Gwinnett County Public Schools
Tony Vincent, Learning in Hand

Tony Vincent is a former fifth grade teacher who has been self-employed as a presenter and online educator for 15 years. Tony went back to the classroom to teach fifth grade for the 2018-2019 school year. While he’s proud to have lead workshops and presentations in almost all 50 states, empowering his students to be creative thinkers is his favorite professional accomplishment. Tony is a prolific sharer, approachable, and consistently selects practical tools and strategies that can be implemented right away. Find him online at

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