Be spiffy with Gliffy

This summer as I draw up network charts for the school, redecorate my house, and draw up graphic organizers for my new textbooks, I will be using the same online tool: gliffy! (Hat tip to Daniel Riveria at SEGA Tech) You download NOTHING and it is FREE!

To sign up on gliffy just do the following:

1) Go to
2) Click Register.
3) Enter your name, e-mail, and a password
4) Name your document.
5) You're ready to draw.

Drawing Made Easy:

A) First I suggest that you click on the tabs on the left, they are very cool! You will see things for floorplans and for network schematics. The flow chart icons are great for graphic organizers.

B) Just click on the icon and drag it onto the drawing area. You can then drag the handlebars to make it bigger. You can click the little green rotate button at the top and turn it around.

C) Now, if you want to make a shape transparent or another color, just look on the right hand side at the paint bucket in the properties area. You can click on the “No fill” button so that you can see through the shapes if you are doing something like a Venn diagram.

You can share these documents and collaborate. This is a fascinating tool! You can export as a jpg or svg file like the one at the top of this post!

(Other edubloggers also like gliffy including David Warlick and Cheryl Oakes.)

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Cheryl Oakes June 7, 2006 - 2:21 am

I am glad you are on summer “vacation”, I am enjoying reading your blog updates and counting down the days when I will be on summer vacation and ready to transform my blogging ideas.
Cheryl Oakes
ps, time for a new summer photo too.

kontan June 7, 2006 - 3:53 am

cool! I’ve been using Inspiration and converting diagrams and such. Looks like a neat tool. Love your helps…

Debi K November 21, 2007 - 5:55 pm

Thanks for this great review, description and tips of Gliffy. We really appreciate it. If you have any suggestion and/or feedback please drop us a line at our newly revamped website!
debik at gliffy dot com

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