I’ve mentioned before how much I use Google images in our homeschool, but I thought I would give it a post all its own because of how useful I have found this tool to be for our homeschool.
When you Google something, you always get the web results, but you also have other options.
Notice how Google has images near the top of the results as well as a map and Wikipedia link to the right. These are also quite helpful, but I am partial to the images section of results because it lends a visual to our lessons that is difficult for me to find elsewhere as conveniently or quickly, so I tend to click on that option.
For example, several months back we learned about the Hagia Sophia. Obviously, we won’t be going there to learn this lesson and while I could try to find books on the topic, I also value my time and energy. A trip to the library isn’t always feasible for every single visual I want to offer and my personal collection of books also lacks images for everything I want to teach. So, I keep my iPad beside me while we read, so that when a topic like the Hagia Sophia comes up, I can Google it, click on Images and pass around a visual aid as we read. (NOTE: Be specific in your search and preview images first!)
Here are some of the ways you can use Google Images in specific subjects:
Bible – Maps, Images (like the snake on a pole that is now used as a medical symbol or the money of the day),
Math – Shapes, Geometry concepts, Fraction visuals, Number lines, Graphs, Clocks, Money
Science – Earth layers, Biomes, Constellations, Anatomy & Physiology visuals, Close ups of animals and habitats, Table of Elements
History – People, Places, Clothing, Furniture, Lifestyle, Maps
Geography – Topography, Maps, Landscapes, Culture
Literature – Author, Geography, Visuals for things mentioned in the text
Music – Instruments, Composers, Chord Charts
Foreign Language – Study of Country and Culture
Writing – Editing marks