January 7, 2011

Tag Galaxy

I have been a fan of Tag Galaxy for a couple of years. When searching for a picture, type in a word and you are taken to a solar-system like galaxy. It is a very cool effect. Your original word is in the middle and other suggested words are orbiting around. You can choose to click on your original word or continue to drill down until you get the results you are looking for.
When you finally get to your destination, you can rotate the "planet" with a flick of your mouse. The picture you are looking for is just a click away.

Sample
I searched for Mac Computers.
How Can I use this in My Classroom?
Using images can really add that extra "punch" to any lesson plan. With the technology we have to today we are fortunate to be able to display full color high quality images. Just having Tag Galaxy up and going as students enter the classroom can set the mood for the entire period.

I also think that Tag Galaxy is an answer to prayer on those days when you have those extra five to ten minutes at the end of the period. This is the perfect opportunity for review. A student can select a photo and either talk to the class about the photo using the correct vocabulary words or ask the class questions about the photo.

I am sure there are a million more ways ways to use this in the classroom. Please leave a comment to share your idea.

WARNING: TAG GALAXY WAS NOT DESIGNED FOR EDUCATORS. PLEASE PREVIEW YOUR RESULTS BEFORE PRESENTING THEM TO YOUR CLASS.

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