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Welcome aboard, Ireland! (and 14 more)

Primary and secondary schools all over the world are using Google SketchUp, an amazing 3D modeling application. Shining examples of student work abound; take a look at Eric Yam’s space colony, Michael Hathorn’s history class project, or Andrew Nathanson’s model of his hometown’s business district if you’re looking for inspiration.

As part of our commitment to providing low to no cost software to schools, the Google SketchUp Pro K-12 Statewide License Grant has been issued to 50 recipients worldwide. These include 39 U.S. states, 6 Canadian provinces, 2 Australian states, and all of New Zealand.

Fifty countries, states, provinces and counties around the world have been granted no-cost licenses of SketchUp Pro for their primary and secondary schools.

We’re proud to announce the most recent recipient: Ireland. All Irish primary and secondary schools will now have access to SketchUp Pro at no charge. Joining Ireland in this latest batch of new Pro recipients are:

  • Nevada
  • Montana
  • Florida,
  • Wyoming
  • Hawaii
  • Arizona
  • Alaska
  • North Dakota
  • Tennesee
  • British Columbia
  • Nova Scotia
  • Alberta
  • Saskatchewan
  • New South Wales
  • Tasmania

If you're a primary or secondary educator, you can check out details on our Google SketchUp Pro K-12 License Grant program site. It includes links to valuable training resources, technical support information, a group forum, case studies, and a map of states, provinces and counties which have already enrolled. If your locality isn't one of them, ask your state technology director (or international equivalent) to apply. License grant recipients don't pay a cent for SketchUp Pro.

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sieghrt said...

I wonder when will this reach the Philippines? :(

Anonymous said...

This is really awesome! Sketchup is going to help supercharge education and creativity in these schools worldwide. Well done to Google

birdsgalway said...

Would love to be apart of this great scheme here in Ireland. Well done Google Sketch up and those in Ireland who are part of the scheme. I have used Sketch up for years on many projects.

Laura Lospennato said...

I´m a teacher in a big high school in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with almost 5000 pupils. I have already introduced sketchup for education in a subject which is called Graphic Communication about 3 years ago.

I think it is very interesting to see how children who are 11 years old can learn in 3D directly with no need of attending many years of technical 2D. You obtain better and faster results than before.
I believe it´s really a turning point in teaching technical drawing and it´s difficult to predict how the impact of that change in the professionals of the future will be.
I´d like to share some of my pupils' productions with you.