Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Techno Tools - Sketchup

Don’t let the name deceive you, Sketchup is not a sketching software. Google Sketchup is a software that you can use to create 3D models of anything you like.


According to Google Sketchup’s own website with it “Model anything you can imagine. Redecorate your living room. Design a new piece of furniture. Model your city for Google Earth. Create a skate park for your hometown, then export an animation and share it on YouTube. There's no limit to what you can create with SketchUp.”

Using Sketchup in education is getting very popular. Imagination is the limit. It can be used with equal benefit for kids of all ages.  Here is a gallery of work of different students from around the world. You can find a small list of ideas for using sketchip in education from here. Get some inspiration for using  sketchup in education from here. Find some fun projects in design, science and maths to do in sketchup from here.

Though Sketchup is not a difficult program to use, still first timers and those who haven't used a 3D program before may feel at sea. Below is a list of some free resources (videos and books) to get you started with sketchup.

Google Sketchup for dummies
Google Sketchup for Dummies (videos)
Google Sketchup Training Videos

Exemplary uses:

We have been using sketchup recently in learning about symmetry and tessellations. You can download the lesson about symmetry from here and the video about teaching tessellations from here. Please note that these lesson and videos are just to get you started, customize them according to the age of your pupil.


  1. SketchUp is a great tool for kids. I blog about it here: www.3dvinci.blogspot.com, and you can find math projects in SketchUp here: www.mathforum.org/sketchup. The February math project is about geometric patterns in Islamic architecture!

    My own website (www.3dvinci.net) has lots of resources for students using SketchUp.

  2. Thanks Bonnie for the comments. I am already a fan of your work, and in my this post also I have linked to mathforum website and your project of the month. I would be very interested in the February project, may be I can add it to my post on Islamic Design and geometry at http://homeschool4muslims.blogspot.com/2009/12/islamic-design-arabesque-and-geometry.html

    Stay in touch!


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