Google Image Ripper: Alternative Interface For Google Image Search

Almost everyone uses Google Image Search to find pictures, and while it does the job well, there are a few quirks that makes image searching slower. For example, downloading the full size image in Google Image Search is slow, forcing you to go to the source website and click on the full image. If you want to search and download several pictures, you have to go in and out of the search page and the website. This is where too many features take away the ease of finding stuff.

Example of search on Google Image Ripper:

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Google Image Ripper is a simple website that makes image searching much more simple. The minimalist layout displays images in thumbnails with a ready download link for each one available, so you do not have to leave the search page to download the image…huge + for me.   You can also view your search results like a slideshow.

Google Image Ripper will also allow you to filter pictures with Safe mode, search for different sizes, and show the images’ URLs. Google Image Ripper still uses Google’s search algorithm, so you will have the same results shown to you what Google Image Search will show, only in a much cleaner format.

 

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If It Were My Home

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live somewhere else?  Well Andy Lintner (site developer) and Annette Calabrese (site designer) have revolutionized that thought process and concept of possibilities by creating the website If It Were My Home. They have created a website (or online globe in my opinion) showcasing every country you could imagine and provided the perfect comparison opportunity for your current life/country and what you would face if you were to move, say, to the United Kingdom.  It also provides a list of books about the country you chose, as well as comments from other people about living there.  What a great way to put things into perspective!  It’s a simple concept, made even easier, and is blowing my mind that this has appeared in my life until now!

IfItWereMyHome.com is a great interactive that asks students to consider what their life would be like if they were born in a different country.  Would they be the same person?  It offers comparative statistics and its most impactful visual is an overlay of one country map over the other.  Students can easily visualize relative size of another country based on their own state or country.  Students will also see a break down of death rates, HIV/AIDS, birth rate, electricity availability, oil consumption, economic comparison, health care, and class divide.  Students have the ability to compare the country they selected with another country of interest.  Students can learn additional information about the country and vote to show if they would rather live in the chosen country.

This is a site that can be used to help students ask bigger questions.  It helps students with geography, but also reveals that there is a real world community that is interdependent and diverse.  This site helps students recognize the problems they face where they live in comparison to other students fight for survival.

Here is a comparison of the United States and China

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Printable Posters

Free posters anyone?  Educator’s Technology posted this great resource with posters ranging from Grammar as seen in the picture below, to 21st Century Skills, to Creativity, Critical Thinking, Math, Icebreakers, and on and on.

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An Example of how these posters can be intertwined into a lesson:

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The distance from  San Francisco to London is apporox 5500 miles:

Learning by reading is like walking. If you’ll walk 24 hours a day, and wear levitation boots you came to London in 1833 hours.

Learning throughout school is like biking. If you’ll bike 24 hours a day, you’ll be in London in 366 hours.

Learning from mentor is like driving. If you’ll drive 24 hours a day, you’ll be in London in 85 hours.

Learning by doing is like flying a plane. In 11 hours you’ll be there.

Learning by taking big risks – it’s like flying a rocket that’s what the most successful entrepreneurs do. If  do that, you’ll be in London in 33 min

Taken from Funders and Founders.

Valentine Games

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I posted a bunch of Valentine interactives on my website.  Users can Make a Valentine of Starfall, Decorate a Valentine, Count the Hearts, Watch clips on PBSKids, Put Together a Puzzle, My Money Valentine, Watch a Slideshow of Hearts found in Nature, or one of my favorites is shaping your words into a Heart.  Just type in your own words (poem, story, etc) and then it turns it into a downloadable heart shaped page!

If your looking for Valentine’s Day Smart Notebook Lessons check out this livebinder created by Shannon Long.

A few other sites worth mentioning that I didn’t put on my page are Theme Poems from ReadWriteThink:

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Maze Maker

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Customizable Heart Candy

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