We examine the best graphics tablets for online teachers to use in the classroom
Keeping students engaged during online ESL classes can sometimes be a challenge. Adding diversity into your classes can be one of the best ways to keep students, especially younger ones, focused on the lesson and interested in what is being talked about. There are a few different ways that this can be accomplished including using props, digital effects with a program such as Many Cam, and an often overlooked method of drawing and illustrating with a graphics pad. We’re going to discuss the latter of these methods and how you can utilize a graphics pad in your online ESL classes as well as the best graphics tablets for online ESL teachers.
Why would I use a graphics tablet in my online class?
Have you ever used the built-in annotation feature that many online ESL companies have in their courseware and become frustrated? These tools are often quite clunky on their own nevermind if you are trying to draw something with a mouse and in a short amount of time. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just take a pen and draw something simple to illustrate what you are talking about?
If you’ve taught a few classes then you have probably figured out that using pictures and drawing are two of the easiest and quickest ways to illustrate a complex concept. Why try to explain the idea of Christmas or a snowman to a young Chinese child when you can draw a Christmas tree or snowman on a screen and they can connect that to their own understanding from movies. A picture is worth a thousand words and this has never been truer than when trying to teach a new language to a young student who may be on the other side of the world from you.
A graphics tablet allows you to easily and, just as important, quickly, draw items on the screen with more precision and speed than you would ever be able to get using your computer’s mouse. It will also allow you to save time trying to navigate through the annotation software and constantly switch between the different tools that may or may not be available to you at any time.
How can I use a graphics tablet in my online class?
Now that you understand why you would want to use a graphics tablet in your class, you may be wondering exactly how to use it. This can be a bit tricky depending on which company you work for and how their software works, however, it should be easily manageable for almost all teachers.
The best, and for many teachers, the only way to use a graphics tablet in their online classroom will be to pair the graphics tablet with a desktop whiteboard app, of which there are many. This will allow you to quickly switch between the courseware and the whiteboard with just a quick click of the mouse. You will be able to draw what you need to illustrate the point you are trying to make and then get back to the lesson without wasting valuable time.
It really is as simple as this. There won’t be a need for a lot of extra clunky software that will bog down your computer and installation will be as simple as hooking a USB plug into your computer. You can go from those awkward drawings of houses to awesome illustrations that students will actually be able to understand in just a matter of minutes.
What are the best graphics tablets for online teachers?
- 【Full-Laminated Technology】 VEIKK VK1200 drawing tablets with screen chooses full laminated screen which combining the glass and screen seamlessly. This ensures the accuracy of the cursor position and the lowest parallax. VK1200's active area is 11.6 inch with anti-glare film, it can protect the screen from scratches and offer a real paper-like drawing experience.1920x1080 HD IPS drawing monitor with120% sRGB gamut.
- 【Tilt Function and 8192 levels pressure battery-free pen】VK1200 computer graphics tablets provides the battery-free pen with 8192 levels pen pressure, and it supports up to 60 degrees tilt function. The pen don't have battery and no need to charge for uninterrupted use.
- 【6 Customizable Shortcut Keys】6 shortcut keys can be customized according to your drawing habit in different softwares. It can improve the efficiency and create a highly ergonomic and convenient work platform.
- 【Small and Stylish】VK1200 pen display adopts full screen design, it is all screen infinity display,almost no frame. With the same active area of 11.6 inch, VK1200 drawing monitor is more compact, stylish and easy to carry on the go. VK1200 graphics tablet is All-Metal Body, the back adopts anti-slip design to provide better drawing experience.
- 【More accessories】 VK1200 graphics tablet with screen comes with TWO pens in the package for longer time using experience.It also includes extra 28 pen nibs,1 artist glove,1 pen holder and clean cloth etc. All VEIKK drawing tablets and drawing tablets with screen have 1 year hardware warranty and lifetime technical support.
- [11.6-Inches 1080P HD IPS Monitor]--GAOMON PD1161 drawing monitor comes with 1920x1080 HD IPS monitor paired with 72% NTSC(100%SRGB) Color Gamut, work area is 256.32×144.18mm (10*5.7 inch). High-end monitor ensure a more vivid display. Signal Output: Mini HDMI &Type-C; Viewing angle: 178°。
- [±60 Degree Tilt Function]--GAOMON PD1161 graphic pen display support ±60 degree Tilt function. We can freely draw from various angles according to the subtle pressure differences, and every detailed modification will be recognized immediately.
- [8192 Levels Battery-free Pen AP50 ]-- Say good bye to battery.No need to charge pen anymore, which is an humanized and environment-friendly design. The tablet equip with 8192 levels pen pressure, the thickness of the lines will change with the pressure you put on the pen, making the lines more natural and smooth. Two programmable hot-keys on pen body, and the default setting is erase and mouse right click.【8 Replacement nibs】--The replacement nibs inside of the pen holder.
- [Warm Reminder]-- GAOMON PD1161 drawing pen display is not a standalone product, it must be used with a computer which running windows or mac OS. It not compatible with Chrombook (chrome OS) . [8 ProgrammableShortcut Keys]-- You can set shortcut keys on tablet driver based on your preferences, such as erase, zoom in/out, scroll up and down, and so on.
- [OS Support& Art Program Compatibility]-- GAOMON PD1161 art tablet support Windows 7/8/8.1/10 or later, Mac OS 10.12 or later; Compatible with gimp,firealpaca,krita,medibang,zbrush,blender,Inkscape,Photoshop, Adobe illustrator, adode premiere, adobe after effect, sai version 2, clip studio paint, Corel Paintshop Pro,Autodesk Mudbox, Lightroom, Sketchbook Pro,etc. [WIDELY APPLICATION]-- Drawing, photography, animation,sketching, image editing, 3D sculpture, architectural designers ect.
- 【Large Active Drawing Space】: UGEE M708 V2 graphic drawing tablet, features 10 x 6 inch large active drawing space with papery texture surface, provides enormous and smooth drawing for your digital artwork creation, offers no-lag sketch, painting experience;
- 【8192 Passive Stylus Technology】: A more affordable passive stylus technology offers 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity allows you to draw accurate lines of any weight and opacity according to the pressure you apply to the pen, sharper line with light pressure and thick line with hard pressure, perfect for artistry design or unique brush effect for photo retouching;
- 【Compatible with Multiple System&Softwares】: Powerful compatibility, tablet for drawing computer, perform well with Windows 10 / 8 / 7 and Mac OS X 10.10 or above; Driver program works with creative software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Macromedia Flash, Comic Studio, SAI, Infinite Stratos, 3D MAX, Autodesk MAYA, Pixologic ZBrush and more;
- 【Ergonomically Designed Shortcuts】: 8 customizable express keys on the side for short cuts like eraser, zoom in and out, scrolling and undo, provide a lot more for convenience and helps to improve the productivity and efficiency when creating with the drawing tablet;
- ❤Easy to Set Up& Best Customer Service❤: Suits for both right and left hand user with the pen holder and extra pen tips, ideal for professional artist, newbie designer and amateur hobbyist of all kind, provides 12-month hussle free warranty service and clock customer service;