"Google SketchUp has provided my students with an opportunity to become designers and modelers of everything from simple chairs to more complex items like our school buildings or their own dream house. Students take ownership of their work and meticulously create their designs based upon realistic measurements and appropriate detailing. The best part is, because Google Sketchup is free, all of my students have access to this powerful software."
- Ken Shelton, Teacher, Walter Reid Middle School, Los Angeles, CA
"SketchUp is the most versatile, easy-to-use 3D software I`ve ever worked with. We've got a lot of different software packages in our applied technology lab, but SketchUp is by far superior to anything else in terms of ease of use. Now, instead of spending an entire semester designing a single project, we can use SketchUp to create several iterations based on the initial design – instead of building one house, students can build 10, each one morphing from the previous version."
- Dan Zahner, Teacher, Boulder High School, Boulder, CO
"When people think of history class they tend to think about names, places and dates that they are forced to learn and forget as soon as the test is over. With the introduction of Google Earth, and more recently the inclusion of SketchUp, my history class has taken on a whole new personality. My students show up early to work on creating a product for the world to enjoy. SketchUp has allowed us to put the small town of Hartford, VT literally on the map. My students now read stories about our town and can appreciate them more because they appreciate the buildings in the town. Each building shares a story and my students now have a way of bringing that story to a larger audience. With the use of Google SketchUp and Google Earth my students have become archaeologists who are uncovering years of history hidden within the buildings and the people with whom those buildings are important. Without the Google tools that are available I could not imagine my class being anywhere near as successful as it has become."
- Michael Hathorn, Hartford High School, Hartford, VT
"In a global knowledge society, students need deep learning opportunities to construct conceptual models, develop problem solving strategies and create new knowledge through visual construction and design. The suite of Google geo applications for students and educators are outstanding tools that support this type of learning."
- Bette Manchester, Director of the Maine International Center for Digital Learning, Portland, ME