BONUS Website #3: Tag Galaxy

Tag Galaxy – A new way to search for Flickr images (Gr. 2-12)

The result of a graduation thesis project by Steven Wood, Tag Galaxy introduces an interactive “out-of-this-world” vehicle for searching images from Flickr.com. Type a search term or “tag” into the search box and watch as the entry becomes the sun of a solar system with orbiting planets displaying related tags. Click on one of the planet “tags” to narrow your search parameters. Clicking on the sun takes  you to a zoomed in view where the surface begins to be covered by Flickr images tagged with your search term. Click on any image to see a detailed view and description of the image. You can even go directly to Flickr to see the full photo-stream and other information.

INTEGRATE

  • Use this site to teach students about keyword searching and the use of tags when uploading content to the Internet. Tags can be applied not just to images but YouTube videos  and blog posts.

Thanks to TeachersFirst for sharing this find.

Website of the Week: Historypin

Historypin – Pin your history to the world (Gr. 4-12)

Historypin is a beta project in collaboration with Google Maps to showcase the world as it once was. The idea is for students to make connections with older people in their communities and obtain photographs from times gone by. Students then scan these old photographs into the computer and pin them to a Google map representing the location that the picture was taken at. Anyone can then compare the images from the past to the images of the present using Google’s “street view” feature. NOTE: A Google account is required in order to upload photos to the site.

INTEGRATE:

  • This can be a great community service opportunity for students to interact with and engage a whole other generation full of ideas, stories, and images. Students can not only learn about their communities as they once were, but the people who grew up in them as well.

Pin your history to the world