SketchUp for Schools is ready for the first day of class! Earlier this year we unveiled SketchUp for Schools in beta: a free 3D modeling browser application available to any primary and secondary school signed up with G Suite for Education. This is the first time SketchUp has ever offered an education-specific product, and we asked you, our EDU community, to tell us your thoughts.
Thanks to you, we are officially bringing SketchUp for Schools out of beta just in time for the school year! After an exciting Summer of sifting through your (overwhelmingly positive) feedback, we are pleased to bring you the two features you told us you need most: STL exporting for 3D printing, and SketchUp curriculum.
Say what?! There’s curriculum?
That’s right! You asked, we delivered. SketchUp for Schools now offers age-specific curriculum aligned to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards. Bonus points: the curriculum is created by Teachers, just like you! Meet the faces behind the curriculum, Mike and Mike.
Mike Harmon, West Ottawa Middle Schools, Holland, MI
Mike teaches Modular Technology at West Ottawa Middle School. His course is essentially a Makerspace in an academic environment; it offers more than 30 modules focusing on subjects like electronics, aerospace engineering, application design, 3D printing, and virtual reality -- just to name a few. Mike encourages his students to explore various areas of interest and enjoys watching them learn and grow at their own pace. When Mike isn't making video tutorials in SketchUp you can find him hanging with his family, playing hockey, or exploring new technology that will improve the educational experience for his students.
Mike Hathorn, Hartford High School, White River Junction, VT
Mike is a technology and history teacher at Hartford High. He first discovered SketchUp in 2008, and by 2010, he was using SketchUp to teach history. In 2012, when a Makerbot was donated to his school, he started 3D printing historic buildings in his classes.
Mike has since transitioned to teaching technology full-time and created a statewide 3D printing competition called 3D Vermont. Mike continues to use SketchUp and 3D printing in his classes to create and fabricate prototypes, robot attachments, rockets, historical models, and many other designs using the engineering design process. When he is not creating cool things in SketchUp you can find him with his family on the golf course or on a mountain biking trail.
We’re only just getting started. As of today you’ll be able to access three SketchUp lesson plans, one each for grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. You will always find fresh content on the SketchUp for Schools curriculum pageand directly within the app, so keep your eyes and ears open for exciting updates throughout the year.
Find curriculum right inside the SketchUp for Schools web application.