Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Google SketchUp Pro - FREE for Texas Educators and K-12 Schools


Looking for a free copy of Google SketchUp Pro? Here's a little background info on it if you hadn't heard about it:

  • Google SketchUp Pro is 3D modeling software for professionals. SketchUp is easy and intuitive, allowing anyone to model in 3D quickly and accurately. Using 3D models, designers can make more informed decisions, communicate project details, and share ideas with colleagues and customers to reach a common goal.
  • SketchUp Pro includes LayOut, a 2D documentation and presentation tool for professionals. LayOut combines 3D models with text and 2D drawing elements to create design documents, construction drawings and compelling digital presentations
  • Some projects require the use of traditional CAD applications or renderering applications to develop construction drawings, photo-realistic images or to share information. SketchUp Pro can export your 3D model in a number of 2D and 3D formats for use with other applications. 



If you're a Texas educator, then you are in luck!

A recent announcement from the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) may catch your eye...

Free Google SketchUp Pro Licenses for All K-12 Students and Teachers in Texas

TCEA has been granted the exclusive rights in the state of Texas to provide free licenses of Google SketchUp Pro to all K-12 educators and students. The 3D modeling software, normally $495 per license, is easy and intuitive, allowing anyone to model in 3D quickly and accurately. Using 3D models, designers can make more informed decisions, communicate project details, and share ideas with colleagues and customers to reach a common goal. SketchUp Pro includes LayOut, a 2D documentation and presentation tool for professionals. LayOut combines 3D models with text and 2D drawing elements to create design documents, construction drawings, and compelling digital presentations.
The free licenses are available in the following formats:
  • Licenses for individual Texas school lab networks (Windows and Macintosh). These licenses allow up to 300 simultaneous users on any given network.
  • Licenses for imaging and installation on multiple laptops that need functionality both on and off of the school network (i.e. students with a laptop assigned to them).
  • Licenses for stand-alone computers (Windows and Mac) for Texas educational non-networked machines. Please note that this is not a networked lab license, and will not run on a network.
The license is good for one year and may be renewed each year after that. The license may not be shared with other individuals. To receive a free license, complete this form. You will then be emailed information on how to download and install the software.

Update 09/26/2010: Check out this Teacher Guide to GoogleSketchUp!

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