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Teach Vocabulary With Google Draw And Gimp (Lesson 9 Of 30)


In today's lesson we look at two tools that help teachers make visuals with ease. As language teachers, teaching vocabulary is essential, and the two tools today make it fun, easy, and very practical to do. Also, students can use these tools to learn vocabulary. The two tools are Google Draw and Gimp. They are both useful for not only creating class materials, but also commercial products as well, as we will see.

Here are this lesson's video tutorials in case you are ready to jump right in. For more background information, please read below.

Google Draw

This is one of Google's hidden apps. It is so fun and easy to use, but it is not talked about much. Basically, it lets users make simple visuals in seconds. It is similar to Canva, which we learned about in Module 1, but actually much easier to use. Teachers can use it to create visuals for vocabulary, phrases or quotes. In the tutorials for this module we look at how to make vocabulary cards, proverbs, and quotes of famous people. We also look at how to create a production process, or work flow, so prep time is kept to a minimum.

Google Draw is also an excellent tool for getting students involved in the production process. For example, if you have a vocabulary list, or perhaps a list of idioms, you can assign one to each student as homework and then share them as a group. In class, students can explain their idioms or proverb in groups or pairs. Because Google Draw is free (and super easy to use), this is a good way to get student engaged with the content. I am always amazed at the end results of their work. They always make better visuals them me for idioms or proverbs. The same activity flow can be done with famous quotes. Have students make a quote card and then discuss it with the class. These activities are great for higher level students.

For lower level students, you can create a library of vocabulary cards. You can make them bilingual or monolingual. Creating a growing word list is a lot of fun, and helps get the students involved as a team in the course. You can also have the students make vocabulary cards to teach their language, and then share it with the world!


Teachers can also make visuals with Gimp, which is similar to Photoshop, but free. Users need to download it and work offline. It is good for people who are serious about photo editing, but it is a lot more complicated than Google Draw. Still, it is free, powerful and fun to learn for those who are interested.

Finally, here are some websites for teachers looking to sell products. I will create a tutorial about this later in the course, but for now, teaches can use these sites if they are interested in selling materials online.

Gumroad - A digital marketplace where teaches can upload content, create product pages and sell materials.

Teacherspayteachers - A huge market for materials made by teachers

Sendowl - Another easy place to sell materials

Payloadz - Another option for selling online.

Paypal - A direct payment system. Teachers can collect payments for goods or services.

Tech Tip!
To find the sties above, just paste in the name in your browser and press enter and the first link should be site you are looking for.

Bye, bye Gett

I decided not to use Gett in the course because it has had security issues lately. Of course, teachers can use Box, Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive instead.

That is all for today. For homework, please make some visuals for learning vocabulary, idioms or quotes and add them to your Google Drive folder. 

Here are video tutorials showing how to do the homework! In the tutorials you will learn about a great place to get free clipart, too!

Thanks as always. In the next lesson we will learn HTML, which is the backbone of everything online and super easy to learn and use. You will make a website (with audio and video) from scratch in ten minutes!

Take care and have a great day!


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Notes, Tips and Tricks!

SAAS stands for Software as a Service, which means software that you access online at a remote server. Blogger, Drive and Forms are all SAAS because you do not download them.

Audacitiy is a tradictional software in that you need to download it.

Evernote is a hybrid, like Dropbox in that you can sync it to your computer but to operate effectively, you need an online account.

For the course, you need to have a Gmail Account but once you have a Gmail account you get to access all the other Google Products for free from that account. In other words, once you have an account you can create content on Forms, Drive, and Blogger without having to create a new account!

Did you know?

On Blogger, you can create multiple blogs under one account, which is perfect for teachers with different classes of varying levels or subject matter.

Box and Dropbox are two other great free file hosting and sharing services that rival Drive. Also, for people not interested in using the Google eco-system of products, they can use Joomla, Wordpress, Wix, or Weebly just as effectively. They are all free too!


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