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Google SketchUp allows students to easily create, modify and share their own 3D models. The students become the architect, engineer and designer!

There are lots of ways to use Google SketchUp in your classrooms:·        

  • create 3D models of different shapes to explore mathematical concepts      
  • visualise sets for the school play and create models to learn about architecture
  • build a 3D model of a house, school, playground or classroom.

Do not have Google Sketchup?

Download it from or ask your technician to put the new eduSTAR image on your computers, including your laptop. Google Sketchup Create 3D models of different shapes to explore mathematical concepts. 

Google SketchUp

Click on the link to a fantastic collection of activities that are available to introduce SketchUp 

Using Google Sketch Up for the School Production Do you have a school production coming up? How about using Google Sketch up to visualise the sets for your production or play.

Stories from the classroom

Story 1

 Kids teaching teachers – there should be more of it!‘…..and when you’ve done that, put your hands on your heads’ said the person running the Professional Development. Not what a mature-aged, Grade 5/6 teacher wants to hear on a Wednesday afternoon at 4.15pm. But I’m pleased to report it was worth every minute of it. Students from Maiden Gully Primary School (just outside Bendigo) had bravely offered to teach teachers how to use Google SketchUp. I sat myself in the front row because I can be a bit naughty sometimes and get distracted. But here I am, totally engrossed and ready for the next step…with my hands on my head. For a bit over an hour, these savvy students stepped us through a very clever and useful tool. I left feeling very excited and pleased with myself. I left after congratulating the students on their excellent presentation. Kids teaching teachers – there should be more of it! The next day I created a lot of ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaahs’ as I passed on to my grade, the skills learned the previous evening. They were impressed and keep asking me when I’m going to my next PD. I cannot wait!

Sally BrownGrade 5/6 teacher Specimen Hill Primary School Bendigo   

Story 2  

Have your children been using Google SketchUp?

Read about a couple of the ways Patrick Hockey and Jeannie Howland from Timboon P12 College have incorporated the use of this application for students to learn about 3D shapes in their classes.

 In their words, ‘Google SketchUp has been a fantastic tool when working with 3D shapes’. The children used Google SketchUp to create a range of 3D shapes, and then they used the command for rendering the sides of the shape transparent. This enabled a much deeper understanding of the form of the 3D shape being studied. The ability to rotate around the shape and change perspective in SketchUp further enhanced the concept of 3D shapes for the children.

In another task, the children used SketchUp to create a design for a new school consisting of a series of inter-connected buildings. Throughout the buildings, the children identified the range of angles present and labelled them with the text insertion tool. By changing their viewing perspective, the children were able to identify accurately the defining characteristics of an acute, right, obtuse or straight angle.

The children were highly engaged by the technology and all enjoyed seeing their understanding of angles used in a purposeful application.   

Story 3  

Grade 6 students from Ouyen P-12 College recently went on a two-day leadership camp where they experienced a range of difficult activities that required them to apply leadership and collaborative qualities, in order to succeed.

The students used digital cameras to capture shots of their stay, and created videos using Flip cameras to capture their ‘journey’ whilst at camp.

On returning back to school, the students wrote a script and used Audacity to reflect on their experiences. As a part of their homework, the students were asked to choose eight digital shots and use them in Photo Story to explain their actions at the camp. This was then shown to their parents at home. Students were also required to add the two days to their learning journals in a Word document, and use Google Sketch Up, to recreate the structures encountered during the activities. Students will burn the files made with Audacity and Photo Story onto a CD and present it to the local council to show the students’ experiences, and thank them for allowing the camp to occur at no cost. This is a valuable lesson to demonstrate to the students that they need to be accountable when receiving external finance, and also to involve the community more in their learning journeys.