Friday, May 12, 2017

Autodraw and Hyperdocs


Google's Autodraw is extremely fun. Everyone has experienced the pains of attempting to draw on a device using a mouse or a touch-pad; it rarely turns out well. Google's Autodraw is an A.I. project where it predicts what you attempted to draw. Every time you release the click on your mouse, it pulls up a list of options at the top of your screen. When you select an item, it replaces your drawing with a clean and more realistic version of your own drawing. You then have the freedom to change the color of the object or insert fill color using the paint bucket. You even have the freedom to move and resize objects after you draw them.  Anyone can be an artist with Autodraw. 

If you think Autodraw is pretty awesome, you should try it on a touchscreen device. Using this activity would obviously be easier if being able to draw objects by hand. It certainly increases the accuracy in predictability from Autodraw. I tried it on my Asus Chromebook Flip and it worked like a charm. 

Interactive Tool

Autodraw would be a great tool for an interactive whiteboard or if you can project from a touch screen device. This would allow you to quickly draw and move objects around for the purpose of sorting or organizing thoughts. Not all drawings have to be in Autodraw format. A regular pen and shapes can be used to make connections between ideas. This will provide a great option for my teachers as my staff is slowly transitioning away from Promethean boards to touchscreen devices with wireless connections. 


Over the last year, I've posted quite a bit on the topic of hyperdocs. Whether it is via Docs, Slides, Drawings, or Sheets, teachers have grabbed onto the idea of providing instruction and space to interact and collaborate digitally. Autodraw is a tool for isolated users. However, teachers could easily ask students to respond on Autodraw and share their work via a hyperdoc. The process is pretty simple on a Chromebook as the download feature in Autodraw allows for the user to quickly copy the image and paste it elsewhere. 

In my video below, I give an overview of how to use Autodraw and also how to use it in conjunction with a hyperdoc. Students merely need to paste it into the destination. This would also be handy if students wanted to include an illustration directly in a Slides presentation or a graphic in a report. They could create a custom background for a comic using Google Drawings or Slides. Imagine how much fun students would have creating a sketchnote?  Lots of possibilities exist for students to share their learning in a creative and graphical format with Autodraw.