CatchUp with SketchUp - Revere Local Schools

Catch Up with SketchUp
Brandon Decker
Cynthia Gobrogge
Revere High School, Richfield, OH
Who are we?
• Brandon Decker—High school science teacher
– What technology have I used in the classroom
• How it was used and how has it helped?
• Cynthia Gobrogge—Library Media Specialist,
former HS English Teacher
– Teacher/LMS technology collaborations
Google Resources
• What is SketchUp?
• What are Google Docs (Revere Apps)?
SketchUp—Getting Started
• Download program
• Watch and review tutorials
– Work within program to familiarize yourself with
basic features
Two Options
1. Download SketchUp (free)
– Recommended
– Students can also download at home
2. Download SketchUp Pro (“extremely
affordable” for students and schools)
– License required after free trial period
– Revere received E-tech grant for Pro license
Google Docs Accounts
• Tech department set up school domain:
Revere Apps
• Students activate their accounts
• Teacher/LMS demonstrate Google Docs
– Google Docs issues with uploads—main emphasis
is collaboration
– Use email to attach
Forensics Project Steps
• Downloaded the program
• Searched internet for videos
• Followed along with videos while working in
• Used one of the videos to demonstrate features
of SketchUp
• Students worked along with video, pause and
monitor students progress along the way (VIDEO)
• Student created SketchUps and collaboration on
google docs.
Obstacles Encountered
• Licensing. Couldn’t access SketchUp Pro.
• Working in 3D space can be challenging
• Some user issues we couldn’t immediately
*Be flexible—Let students know you don’t
expect their SketchUp designs to be perfect.
Lesson Ideas—SketchUp
Language Arts
• Constructing the Globe Theatre
• Set construction of scenes for plays such as Death of a
Salesman, The Crucible, etc.
• Arial views of settings for town in To Kill a Mockingbird
(fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama)
Social Studies
• Constructing digital historical buildings and museums
• Recreating any locale from a historical perspective
Lesson Ideas—SketchUp
• Cells – Prokaryote and eukaryote
• Anatomy – Examine organs in 3d
• Atoms – Atomic structure of molecules
• Geometry- Teaching with 3d shapes
• Surface area volume
Lesson Ideas—Google Docs
All Subject Areas
• Group projects—PPTs, papers, online
• Peer editing
• Storing in the cloud and gmail—allows
students to easily work at school and home
• Students can communicate with teacher via
email or chat
Common Core Standards
Fulfills several Common Core Standards:
• College and Career Readiness (CCR) Anchor
Standards for Speaking and Listening
– Comprehension and Collaboration
• CCR Anchor Standards for Language
– Academic and Content Vocabulary
• Writing Standards for Literacy in Science
Common Core Standards
Students Who are College and Career Ready...
• use technology and digital media strategically
and capably
• are familiar with strengths and limitations of
various technological tools
• can use [tech. tools] best
suited to their
communication goals
Students Who are College and Career Ready
in Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, and
They use technology and digital media strategically
and capably. Students employ technology
thoughtfully to enhance their reading, writing,
speaking, listening, and language use. They tailor
their searches online to acquire useful information
efficiently, and they integrate what they learn using
technology with what they learn offline. They are
familiar with the strengths and limitations of various
technological tools and mediums and can select and
use those best suited to their communication goals
(Intro, pg. 7).
Common Core Standards: Flexible
Communication and Collaboration
Students must learn to:
• work together
• express and listen carefully to ideas
• integrate info from oral, visual, quantitative, and
media sources
• evaluate what they hear
• use media and visual displays
strategically to help achieve
communicative purposes
• adapt speech to context & task
Key Features of the Standards
Speaking and Listening: Flexible communication and
Including but not limited to skills necessary for formal
presentations, the Speaking and Listening standards
require students to develop a range of
broadly useful oral communication and interpersonal
skills. Students must learn to work together, express
and listen carefully to ideas, integrate information
from oral, visual, quantitative, and media sources,
evaluate what they hear, use media and visual
displays strategically to help achieve communicative
purposes, and adapt speech to context and task (Intro,
p. 8).
• Questions or Brainstorm for your classroom.
Consulted Resources
Websites and Video Links
Google Website for Educators
Video Link—Getting Started with Google SketchUp
Lesson Plans
Lesson Ideas
 also teacher explains why SketchUp is an effective classroom resource

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