Most people wouldn’t see a need for videos in Google Drawings, but a teacher – especially one that uses HyperDocs – could probably think of thousands of reasons it’d be useful. That’s why I was excited when I heard Joli Boucher share about it during a recent episode of the Google Teacher Tribe podcast (You can hear it here as well, all cued up to her part). It’s a super slick, simple hack and when doing HyperDrawings it’s super useful too. I just had to capture this in a GIF . . . so, here it is:
Joli also shares about this in her post here and her video here. For proof that it works, here’s a link to the Drawing that I show in the GIF.
They’re on your phone. They’re in a movie. They’re on clothes. They’re on social media. They’re probably tattooed on people. And yes . . . they’re in Google Docs.
Here’s how to enter Emoji (and other symbols) in Google Docs, Slides or Drawings. Once you click Insert > Special Characters you have 3 options:
- Change the dropdown that initially says “Symbol” to say “Emoji” and navigate to the Emoji that you want.
- Search by keyword.
- Search by drawing the Emoji.
Tip: The emojis are text items, not pictures. That means that their size is dependent on your selected font size.
Google Drawings is a great place for quick, simple, visual activities. Add shapes to a diagram, tell students to double-click in those shapes and – voila – they’re text boxes!
- before sending them out to your kiddos, click into those shapes and format the text size so it’ll fit in the boxes.
- Once you’ve made one box the way you like it, use command+d (ctrl+d on non-Mac) to duplicate it.
- If this isn’t being used in Google Classroom, make it anyone with the link can view, copy the link, change the “edit” to “copy” and send it out.