Collaborative visual documents with Google Drawings

Google Drawings (http://docs.google.com/drawings) is an often-overlooked tool in the Google Apps suite. This tool allows for the creation of all kinds of visual documents… collaboratively! You could have your students use Drawings to create a diagram depicting the narrative line of a novel they’re reading. Or students could brainstorm anf create a web of vocabolary for presentation or essay. Alternatively, you could have students create a poster or informational flyer for a city or monument they’re learbubg about. Drawings can also be a great tool for annotating simple images– for example, labeling vocabulary words in a market scence. Best of all, all of this can be done in groups without requiring students to organize face-to face meetingsoutside of class!