New and Improved Google Images - Using Images in the Classroom
Image via WikipediaI recall reading the announcement from the Official Google Blog about the new and improved Google Images, but it wasn't until my wife remarked 'Hey, they've really improved Google Images" that I decided to take a closer look. Sure enough, Images has been enhanced with a denser layout, lots of scrollable images, larger thumbnails, and a hover preview. Since our students are using Images everyday for presentations, Animoto movies, and website creation, these changes come just in time for the back to school season.
While I have Google Images in mind, I recall seeing a pair of students playing a game one day in the lab using Google Images. Titled Google Labeler, this "game" puts a pair of random people (you and another user) together to create labels for as many images as possible. Trying this out today, I found this entertaining, earned a top score, and I could see a similar game being played in the classroom. As an example, I can imagine science classes giving students a set of images and instead of telling them what they were looking at, they could have students try guessing labels with a partner. It would be interesting to see what common labels each group came up and then using this as a starting point for a deeper discussion on the topic. Another example would be an art class introducing a specific painter or style of art.