I’ve been teaching CAD to high school students for more than ten years. The choice of software has always been a difficult one. Finally, two years ago I chose to go with SketchUp exclusively. There were three reasons for this. 1. SketchUp is nearly an open source software, with many plugins available. 2. It is very intuitive for beginning students. Most of my students are single semester only. 3. It was free to download at home so they could do homework.
I was out last year, on sabbatical and now I’m finding there is a charge to students, of $49.00 per copy per year. A price that makes homework impossible in our situation. It simply will not happen and I cannot expect my students to spend that much money. This charge takes away one of the greatest benefits of SketchUp. Is there any way to provide high school students with a cheaper alternative to SketchUp software?