A few weeks ago, I shared a post about putting Drawings in Google Docs that are assigned in Google Classroom. After seeing some of the reactions, I realized that some educators either weren’t aware of the powers of Google Drawings or had never thought of using them in assignments with Google Classroom. I was all “whaaaaat!?” So, now I’m here to dial it back a notch… Let’s talk about assigning Google Drawings (not Drawings in Docs, just Drawings) in Google Classroom. First up: an animated GIF for your viewing pleasure; and then: a quick step-by-step of how to use Drawings in Classroom.
If you’ve ever created assignments in Google Docs, Slides or Drawings for students to complete, you’re all too familiar with this struggle: students accidentally deleting, moving or modifying elements of the assignment.
Well, in Google Slides, there are 2 ways to prevent this from happening and here’s the easier of the two: put the content of the assignment in as a background. Then, the only way a student can delete, move or modify it would be to actually go into the background settings and change it…. which can’t be done by accident.
- Set up your slide with any text, images, etc.
- File > Download as > PNG Image (JPEG will work too)
- Clear off the slide.
- Click Background, then, next to Image, click Choose.
- Click the downloaded image file from Step 2.
- Voila! Send your assignment out in Classroom (or share it with students or have them make a copy).
When given the chance, I’m always going to pick an assignment where students are creating their own representations of their mastery of learning standards. However, I know that it’s not realistic to expect this all the time. So, I can see the value in annotating images rather than just typing. Google Drawings and Google Slides are great platforms for this . . . but what if it’s part of a bigger activity that does involve typing? Well, insert a drawing into a document, put the picture in, and tell the students to annotate it! Check it out in the animated GIF below (typed instructions follow the GIF).
- In the Google Docs menu, click Insert > Drawing.
- In the Drawing that pops up, copy and paste in an image (or drag it in from a separate tab as I did in the GIF).
- Add instructions within the Drawing as needed.
- Click Save and Close to finish preparing the drawing.
- Assign the document in Google Classroom as Make a Copy for Each Student.
- When students open the document, instruct them to double-click on the image that they see to open up the drawing and annotate it.