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21st Century Skills
Project Based Learning
2D & 3D Modeling
classroom integration technology 3d 2d design modeling
models can be powerful tools in the classroom for demonstrating concepts, developing understanding of how objects interact with systems, and reaching higher order thinking skills in Bloom's Taxonomy. Plus the new tools for creating digital 2D and 3D representations are just plain fun. In this class we will be exploring the use of Google's SketchUp program, Excel's 2D and 3D chart models, and looking at different data visualization techniques to help support 21st Century skills such as critical thinking, creativity, and ICT literacy.
How might you use SketchUp in your classroom?
Build a 3D model of your school or classroom
Use SketchUp to visualize the math concepts you are teaching (volume, geometry, planes, etc.)
Create a 3D model of a building and then incorporate that model into Google Earth.
Have students build a model of their houses.
When studying architecture of the past, create a 3D model of an ancient building or site.
Demonstrate art concepts such as perspective, cutaways, and volume
Have students design an object, then export all objects into a single SketchUp file and animate for YouTube or TeacherTube
Download models from the 3D warehouse to use for supplemental course information (molecular structures)
Have students work in groups to design a new "green" building or school
Create buildings in SketchUp and submit to be placed into Google Earth using the
Create a team and join the Google
Model Your Town Competition
Deadline March 1, 2010
Create a chair
How to videos available from Google
How other teachers are using SketchUp
How to place
a Sketchup model in Google Earth
Italian Middle School Students Create a SketchUp animation for YouTube
How to Create an Animation in Sketchup
Creating a SketchUp animation.docx
students on the autism spectrum respond positively to Google Sketchup
2D& 3D Data Visualization
3D Surface Area graph in Excel
2D Animated Data Sets from GapMinder
Excel Data Chart
Excel Graphic Organizer
Other cool visualization tools:
- see how words are mapped to synonyms
by Mark Wattenburg
Data Visualization Tools
Network Visualization app
Create your own Data Maps on
"Peace" in Obama's Nobel Acceptance Speech
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"