Pictures are worth more than thousand words: finding your own and why it’s important.

Making your own images or editing images.

Sometimes even simple words like aunt can’t be easily associated with an image. What does Quizlet images offer you to solve this dilemma? The Simpsons of course!

Instead of these pictures which don’t help fix the word aunt in memory, because let’s face it they could be anyone, neighbour teacher or family friend.

aunt bad

Try these pictures

lisa and auntsimpsons aunts

Maybe you don’t know the Simpsons. What do you do? Google images is the next choice for adding images when the Quizlet images doesn’t do the job.

create a new study set

If you click on “or upload your own image” it will open a folder on your computer, this is what mine looks like.  On Android tablets it takes you images stored on your tablet. This is only useful if you have a bank of images to draw upon and you have named those helpfully so can easily use them.

windows explorer

You can always change the view so you see mini-images and not words, which makes selection much easier.

windows explorer with arrow

Then a box appears

windows explorer slider

Move the slider up to extra large icons

If you’re working from your folder click on view.

windows explorer taskbar view arrow

Choose extra large icons.

view choose extra large iconsextra

Finding pictures using Google images

google images

Enter your term in the Google search box

google search box

Enter your term and press enter

aunt images from google

Make sure safe search is on or you may see things you’d rather not see.

A scroll down the first page doesn’t show images which are better than the Simpsons so we return to the Quizlet images and select this one.

aunt family chart

It’s very easy to spend a long time looking for the perfect image for your Quizlet set. Unless you have time on your hands I’d recommend choosing a good enough image from the first two pages of Google images results.

Fun with GIFs

GIF stands for Graphic Image Format and it’s the source of a lot of internet fun and great images for your sets.



Of course some items really benefit from motion and movement, but it’s something I use sparingly because it does take time and there’s that tricky little issue of copyright too.

In using these images I’m relying on the fair use / fair dealing  for educational purposes provision. However you may want to try other image sites such as flickr,  or use Google Advanced Search and choose usage rights, then free to use or share and click the blue advanced search button.

To find animated images when in Google search, click tools, then select type, then choose animated on the drop down.

Google search settings tool animated

A very different selection appears, but because it’s hard to find an image which represents “aunt”. Let’s try a search term where motion really is useful: “surprised”

In which case you right click your mouse and choose open link in new tab

right click for images

You’ll then see a window like this

baby image page

Right click to get the pop up menu, then left click “save image as”. Choose a place to save it, if you’re going to be doing this regularly you might want a dedicated Kahoot and Quizlet  picture folder.

save image as


Which do you think will help learners remember “surprised” better? This or looking it up on their phones? Actually both can help but below there’s some background on the importance of multimedia.

surprised baby giphy


The importance of multimedia

As you can read here, images are vital for retention of new information as revealed by research about how the brain uses different types of memory. There’s a video here and an an article here. It also explains the very conversational style of this blog! If you want to get into the SLA research side of things try this.