Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Google Docs: Drawing

The final document type that Google Docs offers is drawing. I will be very honest, I do not like this! Before I explain the pitfalls with this file, here's how to set it up...

Open your Google Docs, create new, and choose drawing. Your blank template opens with a grid that is like a blank canvass. It is similar to the Paint program for the Windows OS, but it has less features and options. You can change the background and colors as well as add shapes, text, arrows, and word art. To be completely honest, the Paint program does the same thing with better features! I created a graphic organizer to describe the elements of Google drawing.

This took me about 8-10 minutes because I am not familiar with this part of Google. I feel that programs like Inspiration and Paint are much more user-friendly. The application offers myriads of shape types, but the options for editing are very limited. You can also insert images from your computer, which is nice for reports. Another nice feature is inserting one of these drawings into a Google word processing document or presentation. In general, I find the entire application limiting in comparison with other programs.

I think that Google Docs drawing might be best used in elementary and middle schools, but I need to ponder some possible uses for high school students still. The ability to collaborate online is always a positive, but this seems like a personal application, and not necessarily a collaborative application. Applications like Google SketchUp might be more useful and fun! For some extra help getting started, see the Google self-help!

Once I think of some more positive uses for Google drawing, I'll be back!

1 comment:

  1. This reminds me of "inspiration" or "kidspiration" that I have used before. I know that I've said this before, but my problem with tech is that everyone has something that is very similar to something else and it all gets to be a bit too much for me to deal with.