Hi All –
I am pleased to present our first Friday 5 Special Mystery Guest, Fred
Bartels, Director of Information Technology at Rye Country Day School
in Rye, New York. Fred is an innovator and is constantly exploring new
ideas involving the uses of technology. For more information about him, please visit this link. He has also been instrumental in the development of the
School Computing Wiki.
Various friends and acquaintances will be making similar special
appearances on the Friday 5 during 2007. If you are interested in
contributing a list of sites devoted to your interests or areas of
expertise, drop me an email and I’ll send you additional details.
Fred’s Friday 5:
Google SketchUp is a wonderfully accessible 3-D design program that is available for both Macs and Windows. Even better, there is a free version. With SketchUp, students can easily and quickly develop all kinds of designs. My particular interest is architecture and what follows are 5 of the best websites to support using SketchUp to learn about and create architecture.
1. Google SketchUp’s home page and Google SketchUp Pro’s home page. On the second URL, under the Education tab, you can find many examples of student work.
2. The Google SketchUp Warehouse. A huge and rapidly growing collection of free-to-use SketchUp models submitted by SketchUp users from around the world.
3. The Designing with SketchUp Infowiki. A wiki resource for teachers and students interested in SketchUp and architecture.
4. An excellent video podcast with clear explanations on how to design with SketchUp.
5. Architecture Week, a great online "magazine" about architecture. They have very good pricing for educators.