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15 FREE Google Drawings graphic organizers — and how to make your own

15 FREE Google Drawings graphic organizers — and how to make your own
Using Google Drawings to create graphic organizers can help students gather their thoughts and customize to their needs. (Wikipedia / whistlaw) Sometimes, we just need some help organizing our thoughts — students AND educators. Paper versions of graphic organizers can do a nice job of that. But by making them digital in Google Apps, they instantly become customizable. Multiple people can collaborate on them in real time. In short, digital graphic organizers are more versatile. In Google Apps, there’s a highly powerful yet highly overlooked app called Drawings. Drawings can be the virtual page where students can gather and process their ideas. Creating graphic organizers can be done pretty easily. It took me about 90 minutes to make 15 of them, so that averages out to six minutes each. Once you’ve created a graphic organizer (or have saved one of mine), there are a few easy ways to get them to your students: Venn diagram: Lets students write similarities and differences on a topic. Related

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