SketchUp Pro

Session Facilitator: Miguel Guhlin ( | @mguhlin)

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Session Description

Attend this overview of SketchUp Pro to learn about its upgraded features and basic functions. We will also discuss and share resources for how you can use this easy-to-use free 3D design tool in your classroom.

Topics and Goals

Introductions & Content

  • Activity #1: One Thing You Know, One Thing You Want to Learn
  • Slideshow
  • Activity #2: Explore SketchUp Pro (MMTS)

Sketch Up Pro Tutorials

Sketch Up Pro in the Classroom

Activity #3: Create in Sketch Up Pro


Activity #1: One Thing You Know, One Thing You Want to Learn

Share One Thing You Know, One Thing You Want to Learn about SketchUp Pro.

What Is SketchUp Pro?

SketchUp is a 3D modeling software for creating geometric 3D objects such as architectural models, scale models, interior design items, and functional parts.

It’s a program that gives you the perfect mix of simplicity and quality: SketchUp is known for its user-friendly interface and short learning time.

“SketchUp is 3D modeling software that lets you create anything you can imagine. It’s powerful enough to build complex projects, yet is easy to learn and use.” Their work appears in SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse, which houses millions of models.

Simple enough to use that grade 3 through adult learners rely on SketchUp for a variety of tasks. SketchUp can be integrated into a wide variety of classes.

SketchUp Pro on the Web works on web-only device. Amazing!

Web Sketchup Features

Sign in with a Trimble ID or Google Account

A web browser with WebGL support on a powerful computer, including Chromebooks

Most features are present, but if not, be patient since they will be soon!

What Can You Do with SketchUp Pro?

  • Create 3D drawings that approximate real life objects.
  • Use aerial photographs from Google Earth, a photograph of the object, or file from other CAD Programs.
  • Make detailed models.
  • Create photorealistic renderings.
  • Animate objects or insert creations into other programs.
  • Include large amount of metadata that can be used by professional level modeling programs.

The 3D Warehouse

Share models through 3D Warehouse, export images in various formats, or export movies of work.

Students as Virtual Designers

While K-12 educators may be focused on reading, writing, and arithmetic, knowing how to create and modify virtual worlds has become an emerging future job skill. In fact, technologies like Microsoft HoloLens, as well as SketchUp Pro, rely on the ability to interact in virtual space. Making physical models costs time and money, and going virtual reduces those costs.

Mixed reality models in SketchUp Viewer can be infinitely reconstructed and re-scaled to suit your needs.If you haven’t seen it yet, then you will definitely want to check out these videos that introduce you to the concept of architecture and construction in virtual space.

Students who want a shot at the jobs will need to learn how to build, work collaboratively, communicate, and connect with other virtual space construction workers.

All of yesterday’s jobs are going digital. Just as the textile industry is moving from traditional fabrics to 3D printed outfits, so is construction.

Activity #2: Explore SketchUp Pro

Texas public school districts have free access to an expensive design program known as SketchUp Pro (and the companion browser-based alternative, MySketchUp) through TCEA.

Need a way to learn more about or introduce others to SketchUp Pro? Why not use this multimedia text set (MMTS) to get you started?

Get SketchUp

With a Google account, you can do the interior design work using the newly-released And if you want the full power of SketchUp Pro (a $695 value), fill out a short form through TCEA. Private schools can obtain SketchUp Pro EDU licenses for as low as $15 per seat per year.

SketchUp Pro Tutorials

There are ample tutorials online, ranging from beginner tool tips to intermediate and advanced modeling techniques.

Sketch Up Pro in the Classroom

SketchUp is important for education because you can easily integrate it in school in different classes such as, art, science, history, geography and math. Some ideas of how you might want to use it in your classroom:


      • Build a 3D model of your school.
      • Use SketchUp to visualize the geometry concepts you are teaching.
      • Create a 3D model of the California Missions and then incorporate those models into Google Earth.
      • Have students build a model of their houses.
      • When studying architecture of the past, create a 3D model of an ancient pyramid.
      • Teach how to construct 3D models of buildings, trees, cars, and the like. You can use it as a stand-alone tool, or in conjunction with Google Earth and the 3D Warehouse.
      • Teaching geometry.


        • Build 3D molecules.
        • Set up experiments as 3D models for illustration purposes.


        • Math teachers at every grade level are using SketchUp to teach lessons relating to concepts best illustrated in three dimensions:
        • In elementary school, students can use SketchUp to construct and fold together nets to create three-dimensional polyhedra.
          • Sets of digital manipulatives can be created in order to teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
          • Students can use SketchUp to learn about area and volume.
          • Sets of objects can be arranged to teach set theory.
        • SketchUp can be used to illustrate conic sections.
        • Trigonometry can be taught by building three-dimensional problems.
        • SketchUp can be used to show volumes of revolution to students studying pre-calculus.

SketchUp Pro in Action

Kent Crowell

Special thanks to Kent Crowell for sharing his stories of using Sketch Up Pro in the classroom. Below are some of the activities Kent describes.

I always sketch or draw what I'm going to make before any material is cut or drilled. It saves lots of time and money and a lot less frustration.

Being a realist woodworking ,metalworking ,drafting teacher I found that I could get a BMX bicycle out of the 3-D Warehouse , copy it to make a second 3 feet away and put in the steel to make this side-by-side bicycle.

I used some 1x4s, corrugated plastic, pipe insulation, tennis balls, angle iron, PBC pipe, and traffic indicator lights from the city to create the first bike butterfly. The eyes light up with a 12 V power supply.

This has become a real crowd pleaser.

I then got a pair of 16 inch BMX bikes. We made a smaller version and put the army tank skin on it with PVC fittings and zip ties.

HoloLens in the STEM Classroom

Vimy Ridge


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Amanda Kabaila, Lake Ginninderra College, Australia

  1. Chance's Creations

Chance Graham, Wahtonka High School, Oregon

  1. Scout Construction Projects

Peter le Roux, Troop Scouter, 9th Benoni Greyspear Scout Troop

  1. Elementary Student Work

John Thornley, Laxey School, Isle of Man

  1. Apartment Design in Elementary School

Taylor and Brian Wright, Seattle, Washington

  1. SketchUp in Higher Education

Activity #3: Create in Sketch Up Pro

Why not try your hand at creating something in Sketch Up Pro? Even if you don't have it installed on your computer, use My SketchUp

Watch the tutorials shown below to get started...

Phone Case Tutorial

In this tutorial, you can make a phone case.

Share your creations in the Sketch Up Pro padlet

Support and Help

Video Tutorials

TCEA SketchUp Email Information

For assistance, please utilize the resources at the Help Center,

Your SketchUp Pro 2017 license code is good for use in all public K-12 schools within Texas.

Things have changed for the better in regards to how licensing works. Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Your SketchUp Pro 2017 license is now platform agnostic, which means no more having to worry about finding the right license code to authorize with on your Mac or Windows machines, the 2017 license code will work on both.
  • A Single license code is now provided for use on all school computers within Texas - and the same code can be used for individual teacher computers, school lab computers, or school laptops.
  • Each time a license is applied to a computer, that computer is node-locked with one license seat from the total pool of license seats.
  • SketchUp Pro 2017 can be downloaded from this link. Technical support issues can be answered through Trimble’s online Help Center.
  • Important Information:
  • Computers need to be connected to the public Internet when authorizing SketchUp Pro in order to download the license file. The license doesn’t require connectivity to the Internet after SketchUp Pro 2017 has been successfully authorized.
  • SketchUp Pro can be installed using the traditional installers (*.exe, *.dmg). For Microsoft Windows, Trimble also offers an MSI.
  • Your 2017 license is good through November 20, 2019. Since Trimble releases a new version of SketchUp on a yearly release cycle, you can expect a new code every year (but, your schools are welcomed to continue to use any previous version they installed as well).
  • Please refer your lab admins/educators to Trimble’s SketchUp website and Knowledge Center for downloading, installing, and authorization instructions, training materials, getting started guides, video tutorials, and much more.
  • Computer Tech Administrators: To authorize multiple computers at once, this is your imaging workflow: Review the steps in this Knowledge Center article to see how to use the "activation_info.txt" file. Go to the section titled, Authorizing SketchUp on a Network as an Administrator.
  • Please be sure to keep these codes within your district. They are not to be shared with schools of higher education, facilities personnel, or other government departments/officials/staff/parents.
  • Please do not post the license code on any publicly accessible site.
  • Grant Licenses cannot be used for commercial (for-profit) work of any kind.

Special note regarding private schools: We do not issue license grants to individual or private schools. We do, however, offer highly discounted SketchUp Pro EDU licenses to schools, for as little as $15 per seat, per year. Please see our licensing information page, with links to our network of resellers who can fulfill your request. All schools are also permitted to download and use our free product, SketchUp Make.

TCEA hosts several webinars on SketchUp Pro each school year. Below are links to the recordings of these webinars.

In addition, the following resources were created to provide support and training:

TCEA does not provide tech support for SketchUp Pro. For assistance, please utilize the resources at the Help Center,