Google SketchUp is a downloadable piece of software that can be used to construct and design multiple ideas and also can be used in many school subjects.
Learning and Teaching Resources
Google SketchUp is a free, downloadable ICT resource that allows students to explore, create and explain their ideas using 3D models. The programme is free for students and educators, according to their website, and the Pro version (which is paid) is used by professional people and businesses worldwide, which goes to show how intricate and well-developed this software is.
The website offers a massive range of videos that are available to teachers and students looking to use the resource. The videos give in-depth advice on how to use each individual aspect of SketchUp, from concepts and shapes in the ‘New to Google SketchUp’ section to advanced Photoshop techniques in ‘Creating models for Google Earth.’ The device is easy to get to grips with, and even easier to teach, so have a look at this modern teaching resource from Google.
The individual price for the software is quite expensive, but the fact that it is free for students and very cheap for schools means this resource can be a great advantage for ICT education in your school. The tool can also be integrated into other curriculums and subjects, such as Business Studies or Design and Technology, and students of any age will benefit from using it.