Monday, September 26, 2016

Interactive Clock Face with Google Drawings

Google Drawings is a fantastic tool for many tasks (diagrams, graphic organizers, infographics) but is also a great option for making digital manipulatives. For example in an earlier post I shared a bunch of ways Drawings can be used in math for interactive learning (see here:

Recently I decided to see how Google Drawings could help with another math topic: telling time. This is a Common Core Math standard for grades 1, 2, and 3:

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.MD.B.3 - Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.C.7 - Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.MD.A.1 - Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes. Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes, e.g., by representing the problem on a number line diagram.

To address this I created a Google Drawing template with an analog clock face and two rotatable clock hands. See below for a link to get your own copy of the interactive clock template, as well as directions for using it.

Template - Interactive Clock Face

Click this link to get your own copy of the Interactive Clock Face template: Google Drawing link


To select the hour hand or minute hand, simply click the hand.

To rotate the selected hand, press these keys on the keyboard:

To rotate clockwise:
  • Alt + Shift + Right arrow (for a PC and Chromebook)
  • Option + Shift +Right arrow (for a Mac)
To rotate counter-clockwise:
  • Alt + Shift + Left arrow (for a PC and Chromebook)
  • Option + Shift + Left arrow (for a Mac)

More resources

For more ideas on how Google Drawings can be used in schools, see some of my other resources below:
  • Exploring Tangrams with Google Drawings - link
  • 11 Ways to Teach Math with Google Drawings - link
  • Googlink: Using Google Drawings like a Thinglink - link
  • How Your Students can use Google Drawings to Create Greeting Cards - link
  • Language Arts Graphic Organizers with Google Drawings - link
  • All Google Drawings resources - link

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  1. Excellent post. I was really excited to pass this one along to the few Elementary Google Converts I know.

  2. Thank you for the clock. I shared your blog with my colleagues.