There is a little-known feature in Google Docs that will change everything you thought you knew about Google Docs – Drawings. Users can an editable insert a drawing right into a Google Doc!
How to Insert a Drawing in your Google Doc:
- Open your Google Doc.
- Click on the “Insert” menu.
- Select “Drawing.”
- Choose “New” to create a new drawing, or select an existing drawing from Google Drive.
- Start drawing! You can use the drawing tools to add shapes, lines, and text.
- When you’re finished, click on the “File” menu and select “Save.”
- Your drawing will be saved in your Google Doc. You can resize, move, and delete your drawing as needed.
Drawings in Docs for the Classroom:
- Diagrams and flowcharts. Drawings can be used to create diagrams and flowcharts to help students understand complex concepts. For example, a teacher could create a drawing of the human body to help students learn about the different organs and systems. Even better, students can create a drawing of the human body to demonstrate their understanding of the concept.
- Maps and charts. Drawings can also be used to create maps and charts to help students learn about geography and data analysis. For example, a teacher could create a drawing of the United States to help students learn about the different states and their capitals.
- Storyboards. Drawings can also be used to create storyboards to help students plan out and create stories. For example, a teacher could ask students to draw a storyboard for a book they are writing.
- Graphic Organizers. My world changed when I asked students to begin adding their brainstorming clusters to their drafts in the drawing. This eliminated the number of different pages that I had to sort through in their process writing.
- Brainstorming. Drawings can also be used for brainstorming to help students come up with ideas for projects or presentations. For example, a teacher could ask students to draw a picture of their dream job to help them think about what they want to do when they grow up.
- Note taking. Drawings can also be used for note-taking to help students remember important information. For example, a student could draw a picture of a graph to help them remember the different parts of a graph.
- Labeling. Students can find create a drawing, insert an image and label the image to demonstrate their understanding of a concept.
If you’re looking for a way to make your documents more engaging, persuasive, or informative, consider adding a drawing. It’s a simple way to add a visual element that can make a big impact.