SketchUp Toy Locomotive Lesson

This is a series of video screencast tutorials that demonstrate how to create a toy locomotive using SketchUp.

Students love doing these activities, but they don’t want to have anyone show them for 40 minutes on a projector screen and then set them free.  They also don’t want to have to figure out written directions (did you ever open up the shrink-wrapped manual?).  They just want to jump in and create. This format allows students to start from the beginning and model as they watch.  If they skip a step or have trouble, they can go back and rewatch that portion of the tutorial. If they find another way to do the same thing, that’s even better.  If a student misses a day, they have not missed any instruction.

As their teacher, what do you do?  You do what you do best and that is move about the room and facilitate instruction.  It’s awesome.  If a student gets totally messed up at some point, I have included the original SketchUp files, saved at the end of each chapter, so you can share them as needed.

You may deliver this instruction to your students in a variety of ways.  All they need is the Toy Train Project folder, which can be put on a server, memory stick, CD or copied to their desktop.  Once they have the folder, they can begin by opening the Toy Train Project – Students Start Here.html file which launches the videos with a built-in player and a table of contents.

Complete Locomotive Lesson Download


Included in the file (above) is the second link to all the good stuff. Included is,

1) The main folder that contains the 10-chapter video tutorial. All videos are hi-res 1080p files (1900×1080).
2) A shortcut for students to open to start the instructional content.
3) SketchUp Reference Cards for Windows and OSX with all of the commands and keyboard shortcuts. Share with your students.
4) A copy of the SketchUp files I used while creating the project. Each is completed through the end of each chapter from the video tutorial.  This way you can share a partially completed file at different stages of the lesson.

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