In all this time, SketchUp has become a reference in the world of 3D modeling , among many of those available , opening the focus to other uses beyond the more traditional design. Taking advantage of the fact that it is free - although it has payment options - and because of its possibilities and resources, SketchUp in education is an excellent resource . Now, and where do we start?
We said earlier that SketchUp is free , although it has a 'Pro' version of payment. Its developers have scholarships so that the centers benefit from them and can enjoy the 'Pro' mode at no cost.
But here we will focus on the free version. To get it is as simple as approaching the official website and choosing the SketchUp Make version , which is free and recommended for students and educators in elementary and high school; it is available for Windows and Mac systems, and since it is a software that plays with the 3D world, it requires a moderately powerful team to be able to execute everything fluently.
Once downloaded and installed, we can start taking the first steps. About SketchUp there is a lot of material and resources to get started , both official -from the 'Learn' section that includes video tutorials, books, the official blog or community forums, up to a specific section for education - as unofficial, with dozens of Communities that create content and offer help for all types of levels and users.
Starting with SketchUp is very easy: start from less to more, from the simplest to the most complex. At the beginning you should discover and know the possibilities of the software and the editor, what each option is for and what is the result of executing each of them. Ideal this series of videos to start using SketchUp , which propose a series of simple creations to get the elementary controls.
When you master all this you will see that the potential of SketchUp is very broad , and that it allows you to do all kinds of creations in the world of 3D modeling ... and much more.
We talk about 3D modeling because this is the original purpose, although we have also mentioned that SketchUp has opened up in the last years to many other possibilities. For example, SketchUp in education also serves for everything related to the world of 3D printing , being one of the essential .
This is thanks so much for the functionalities included in the software, as for all those plugins and add-ons that they support and that they collect in the so-called extension store . There are free and also paid, and in general are focused on offering new specific and advanced possibilities.
In general, using SketchUp in education will serve to lay the foundations of a new world of digital design and 3D modeling , without going to very complex creations, although always appropriate to the age of our students. In primary school we can create simple buildings such as castles or walls, tables or chairs; in secondary we can propose to go into the details (for example that the battlement of that castle has a crossbow); and in baccalaureate, offer freedom so that everyone can free rein to their imagination.
One of the keys to this software is the enormous impact on the community, and how users all over the world have made their creations available to everyone. SketchUp Warehouse is the 'container' of material , which we can download to use
As simple as accessing the web platform to start using the search engine, or find material already categorized. We have everything from detailed items (centerpieces, paintings, furniture) to large creations (cars, famous buildings and recreated with the smallest detail); all of them can be downloaded to our computer to take advantage of them.
SketchUp Warehouse will also allow us to take ideas and then propose to our students. Maybe making an Eiffel Tower like this one is too complicated for novice students, but it can give us the idea of making a model with less detail. As we say, it is a collection with thousands of creations of which there is much to learn.