SketchUp Pro 2015

What is SketchUp Pro?

SketchUp (formerly Google Sketchup) is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, civil and mechanical engineering, film, and video game design — and available in a freeware version, SketchUp Make, and a paid version with additional functionality, SketchUp Pro.

SketchUp is currently owned by Trimble Navigation,[4] a mapping, surveying, and navigation equipment company.[5] The company was independent from 2000 to 2006 and owned by Google from 2006 to 2012.

The program's authors describe it as easy to use.[6] There is an online open source library of free model assemblies (e.g., windows, doors, automobiles, etc.), 3D Warehouse, to which users may contribute models. The program includes drawing layout functionality, allows surface rendering in variable "styles", supports third-party "plug-in" programs hosted on a site called Extension Warehouse to provide other capabilities (e.g., near photo-realistic rendering), and enables placement of its models within Google Earth.

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In 2012 Google instituted a SketchUp Pro Statewide K-12 License Grant that supplies K12 schools with licensing for SketchUp Pro at no cost. 

RISTE applied for the grant on behalf of RI K12 schools and our application was accepted! If you are interested in taking advantage of this grant and using Google SketchUp Pro in your schools, please contact John Bilotta, We will send you the licensing information and requirements.

Unfortunately, the grant is only available only to public K12 schools.
Districts and schools DO NOT need to be a RISTE member in order to take advantage of this grant opportunity, so please feel free to pass along information to other RI K12 schools.