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.