ICT for Learning & Teaching in Falkirk Schools

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Google Sketchup for creating 3D images in the classroom


Google Sketchup is free downloadable software for creating 3D images.  It is installed on all Falkirk primary school PCs and it can also be downloaded from http://sketchup.google.com/.  Google Sketchup can be used to create simple 3D images of classsroom or household objects, or buildings or streets.  It comes complete with inbuilt tutorials which provide a great way to get started.

http://www.3dvinci.net/teacherguide/Teacher_Guide.htm This is a teacher guide to uses of Google Sketchup at different age ranges with examples and step by step guides.

The videos below give a quick introduction to what Google Sketchup can do.

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For a whole series of video  tutorials for getting started go here: http://sketchup.google.com/training/videos/new_to_gsu.html

Below is an example of a video tutorial showing an example of how to incorporate Sketchup in history teaching where the tutorial shows how to create a Motte and Bailey castle in Google Sketchup.

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And when you want to go even futher with Google Sketchup there are several Google Sketchup online communities with tutorials and galleries of examples of work created using Google Sketchup here http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-free-tutorial-websites-improve-google-sketchup-3d-design-skills/


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  2. very nice Google sketchup software – I am using this one thanks

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