Summary This conference is all about the free Google tool Google SketchUp. This is a fun and very creative tool that allows anyone to make 3-D opjects. The presentation focused on basic uses and how to integrate into a curriculum. The big factor was his quote “make the technology engaging and empowering.”
Questions How long in the play aspect of learning the program compared to getting into making something? Is the overall design of the building really going to show the student an understanding of geometry and building methods?
Personal Development I see this a as a great tool to really have the students create and not just learn. The ability of students to make something that has true dimensions and show understanding is a wonderful tool.
Lessons With my 8th graders we have our Dream House of the Gods project. A Greek mythology study project. With this program they could bring that house to life in 3-D. With my 4th graders we could design colonial homes and then later pioneer home and look at building methods. With my 7th graders we do our 60 Cities project and I can see them recreating a monument from the cities.