Image database!

09-Jul-2010

MEC Trainer, Joanna Trzmielewska, writes:

Often teachers find it difficult to find images quickly, for use in class. The problem is that there are many pictures on the internet; it might be tricky to find exactly what we are looking for. Picsearch has got a couple of unique features. It allows children to surf in safety as all offensive material is filtered out. The site is also very user friendly as it’s designed to be simple, fast and accurate.

How to use it with students:

–         Find a picture with some people on it and put students into groups of three. Students look at the people in the picture and each of them takes one person. First, think about what they are discussing. Are they arguing? Then, stand up and practise the conversation.

–         Show a group of pictures and students try to guess what the connection between the items is. They start with 10 points and lose a point for each wrong answer.

–         Put students in pairs and give each student a picture with the instructions not to show it to the others. Students try to figure out the order of the pictures in the story. If they get it right they get a point. You may also add a point if they guess all the items in the group of pictures.

–         Give students the story text with some missing words they try to complete the gaps. Next give the pictures from the story, they organize the order of the pictures and check if they have put the correct words into the gaps.

–         Prepare a set of different pictures. After the first picture has been placed, the next player puts the next picture next to it. He/She needs to invent a connection of some sort to link the pictures.

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