Google acquired SketchUp software and is offering it free for personal use. You will need to have Google Earth installed in order to use SketchUp.
SketchUp is currently being used in schools to:
* enable architecture and other design students to better develop and represent their ideas
* provide film and stage design students with an easy way to conceive of complex spatial arrangements
* allow high school students to participate in community development projects that involve CAD, GIS and other powerful applications
* help students of all levels understand geometric and other mathematical concepts
* teach history to middle school students by allowing them to build and curate virtual history museums filled with images and artifacts
* challenge gifted and advanced students to explore ideas in non-traditional ways
* and many, many more…
Educator Licenses are available for free to educators who would like to use SketchUp Pro as a part of their curriculum. They are valid for the duration of your course (they expire June 30th of every year), and can be renewed as many times as you like. As with all SketchUp for Education licenses, version upgrades are free. Student workbooks are available for purchase. Instructors can request a free PDF copy of the workbook to preview.
Teachers can get more information on how to obtain a free license for SketchUp Pro 5 to use in the lab.