SketchUp (formerly Google Sketchup) will entertain and teach your students about urban design, historic landmarks, and 3D objects. Teachers can use this exciting tool to demonstrate geometry concepts (e.g., 3D), show examples of styles of architecture, or have students design their dream home, like Mrs. Foellmer did with her junior high students in Computer Education. You can even have your students build models for Google Earth and share them with their peers! These tools will undoubtedly help some students (e.g., those with physical disabilities and movement problems) design in much more sophisticated ways than they could do with traditional tools like paper and pencil. In addition, it will provide many students capable of very sophisticated work to demonstrate their abilities and grow their skills.
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