Google SketchUp
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Welcome to the Google Sketchup Tutorial.

This tutorial teaches you ways to use Google Sketchup in your classroom.

What is Google SketchUp ?




Google SketchUp is software that you can use to create, modify and share 3D models. It is easier to learn than other 3D modeling programs, which is why so many people are already using it.





What other programs are similar to

Google SketchUp ?



 There are similar software packages that you can use, such as: brl-cad, AC3D, Blender 3D, and more.

Why is Google SketchUp important to know?


Google SketchUp is important for education because you can easily integrate it in school in different classes such as, art, science, history, geography and math.

Google SketchUp is modeling software that empowers students to be 3D designers.






What do Google SketchUp

lessons look like?

 SketchUp allows teachers and students to work with 3D images to improve understanding.


Here are some ideas of how you might want to use it in your classroom:

  1. Build a 3D model of your school.
  2. Use SketchUp to visualize the geometry concepts you are teaching.
  3. Create a 3D model of the California Missions and then incorporate those models into Google Earth.
  4. Have students build a model of their houses.
  5. When studying architecture of the past, create a 3D model of an ancient pyramid.

SketchUp is a great tool for teaching how to construct 3D models of buildings, trees, cars, and the like. You can use it as a stand-alone tool, or in conjunction with Google Earth and the 3D Warehouse.




Google SketchUp Pricing Availability

There are two pricing options. One option is a free basic version that will work for educational purposes in the classroom. The second option is to purchase the professional version.


Get Started with Google SketchUp: A quick movie and easy read

Google SketchUp is a fast, easy way to build 3D models of anything you want buildings, furniture, or your own unique creations.

1. Here's a quick movie about SketchUp:

2. Here's an easy book to read

 Get a whole new perspective on 3D modeling by reading Google SkethUp for Dummies.


 This book shares the following types of information:

* Create models from photos

* Master the interface and 3D tools

* Animate a walkthrough of your model

* Arrange furniture and decorate your space

* Try out landscape designs


Some Ideas for Educators:


Education is about knowledge, which comes from accessing information and putting it to effective use. Google SketchUp helps student access information (the knowledge part is up to them). SketchUp allows students share ideas using 3D images.

Google SketchUp will help the educators to create lessons depends on which class they will apply it in.

In Architecture

Students can use Google SketchUp and Google Earth to create 3D maps of their school environment or hometown. Working collaboratively, students can construct entire communities of buildings, trees and vehicles. Students involved in community mapping projects can achieve learning objectives in math, geography, social studies, history and industrial technology.

In Math

Math teachers at every grade level are using Google SketchUp to teach lessons relating to concepts best illustrated in three dimensions: 

In Science

Chemistry students and teachers can use Google SketchUp to build 3D molecules. Physics teachers can set up experiments as 3D models for illustration purposes.

In Geography

Students and teachers can use Google Earth and Google SketchUp to create geo-scavenger hunts.

In History

Building 3D models of buildings, towns and cities is a fun way to learn about history, which is, after all, embedded in architecture. 



Here's what students are doing with SketchUp:


The boxes below were drawn by students to show what they learned about food packaging. Students experimented with advertising, nutrition labeling, and overall product design.









Downloading instructions for schools

SketchUp users in K12 Education can choose between Google SketchUp (the free version) or SketchUp Pro (which is free for educators and extremely affordable for students and schools). We recommend that most folks in K-12 education try out Google SketchUp (free) – there's no licensing to worry about, and students can download and install it on their computers at home.


No matter which version you choose, you get SketchUp by downloading it from this website. If you download Google SketchUp Pro 6, you'll need a license to keep using it after the free trial period is over.


  1. Download Google SketchUp (free) | Download Google SketchUp Pro 6 (free trial)
  2. Watch the SketchUp video tutorials to familiarize yourself with its features.
  3. Review the self-paced SketchUp tutorials, which guide you step by step (using scenes) through concepts of modeling in SketchUp.
  4. Check out the SketchUp gallery in the website for ideas on how to use SketchUp in your classroom.



Google SketchUp and Special Needs

Here example to Project Spectrum was created to give people with autism the opportunity to express their creativity and develop a life skill using Google SketchUp 3D modeling software.

The image below was created by an Autistic child.