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Archive for January 30th, 2009

Exploring 3D shapes on an IWB using Google SketchUp

Posted by rosiemacalpine on January 30, 2009

In a recent post on Promethean Planet forums, Mark Robinson suggested using Google SketchUp to create 3D shapes with a class. That prompted me to have a look at the program. I was initially worried that it would be too technical, but the good news is that it is very easy to start looking at shapes on the board. Here’s a quick video showing how to use it.

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Step 1: Download and install.

It’s about 40mb and can be downloaded here

Step 1b (optional): Watch this 3 minute video on how to get started in SketchUp.

Step 2. Open the program


I clicked Choose template, then choose the second simple template, then clicked the button at the bottom (Start using SketchUp)

3. Start drawing!

Click on a square or circle to add shapes to the page. Then use these tools to explore.

image Click on this tool, then click on your flat square or circle, and drag. You’ve turned a flat shape into a 3D shape!

image Click here then drag over your picture to view your shapes from any viewpoint.

image Use the zoom tool to zoom and out.

It’s a powerful program but I really liked that it’s simple enough to get started straight away. I would love to leave this on the board for a group of students, leave them to explore and see what they discover!


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