Visual & Media Literacy

  • mageCodr generates properly formatted Creative Commons attributions for images that you find on Flickr. Once you've found a Flickr image that you want to use just paste its URL into the ImageCodr code generator to get a properly formatted image code with Creative Commons attribution.
  • A Visual Dictionary Visually draws links between the entered keyword and definitions /related terms/persons etc
  • Got Brainy is a site that I've used since it launched a few years ago. Got Brainy features two sections; Brainy Flix and Brainy Pics. Brainy Pics is comprised of images that demonstrate the meaning of a word. Most of the pictures are submitted by students. Brainy Flix is comprised of short videos that illustrate the meaning of words. Just like with Brainy Pics, most of the videos are submitted by students. 
  • Snappy Words is a visual dictionary and thesaurus. Enter any word or phrase into the Snappy Words search box and it will create a web of related words, phrases, and definitions. Hover your cursor over any word or phrase in the web to read its definition. Click and drag any node to explore other branches of the web. Double click on a node and it will generate new web branches.
  • Visuwords uses a web design to show users the definitions of words and the connections between words. To use Visuwords just type a word into the search box and Visuwords will generate a web of related words. Place your cursor over any of the words and the definition appears. Use the color-coded key to understand the connections between the words in any web
  • Image Dictionary is a Chrome extension that enables users to right-click on a word and quickly find an image that is representative of that word. To use the Image Dictionary extension just highlight a word on a webpage, right-click, and select "image search." The images that are shown come from Wikipedia. Image Dictionary could be a handy little extension to use when you want to quickly find an image to represent a plant, animal, or perhaps a broad topic. 
  • Word Sense is a neat little service that is one part dictionary and one part thesaurus. When you enter a word into Word Sense it will show you the definition(s) for the word as well as the connections to associated and similar words. You can see any of the definitions of the connected words by simply clicking on them to pop-up a definition.  
  • National Gallery of Art has more than 25.000 art images to offer you. Each image is accompanied by a snippet of information on the original artist behind it together with an option to browse through related works.
    NGA Images is designed to facilitate learning, enrichment, enjoyment, and exploration.To start looking for art images you need to  enter a search term in the Quick Search box located in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage or browse the regularly updated featured-image collections prepared by Gallery staff. Once you find the one you are looking for, click on the magnifying icon to make it larger and to access more information about it

  • Graph Words is a simple visual thesaurus. To use it just enter a word and a web of related words will appear. You can click on any word in that web to generate another web of words related to the one you clicked on. You can click until you run out of words. Each web can be saved as an image.
  • Words Like A thesaurus. that works in two ways. You can browse the word clouds or simply enter a word in the search box. Any word that you click on in either the word cloud or in the list generated by your search will lead you to at least one word with a similar meaning. Definitions are provided for every word on Words Like.
  • Five Ways to Search the News Visually
  • Wikibrains is a website designed to help you brainstorm in a web format. When you brainstorm on Wikibrains you're also performing a basic Internet search at the same time. To create a brainstorm web on Wikibrains start by entering one word or phrase. When you enter a word you will be prompted to add more words by completing the phrase, "Makes me think off..." Each new word or phrase that you enter will be added to your web. As you enter words on the right side of the screen you will see links to search results about each word.
  • Springo Kids - A fun visual search engine for kids where results are given in thumbnails.
  • Sweet search for elem and middle; filtered content sweet search 4 me - K-2

  • Verbase is an interesting new search engine that is ad and spam free.  Also, Verbase offers a nice viual experience w/ lots of information upon searching.  It claims to get "smarter" the more you use it.
  • Oolone is a search engine that displays results in a four square grid of webpage previews. Rather than getting a list of results that have just a link and a few line summary, Oolone gives you the entire webpage to preview before you click through. Oolone can be used for standard website search, for image search, or news search.
  • PearlTree - concept map framework for searching
  • instaGrok is a type of search engine that finds educational content and retrieves it in multiple formats, including web pages, images, videos and even forums. It filters out non-educational content and profanity, uses crowd sourcing to rate the quality of each search result, displays search results according to grade level difficulty, provides source notes, visualizes concepts in an interactive concept map, updates the concept map as you refine your topic. It also allows curation and tracking of your websites, concepts, student activities, and can generate multiple-choice questions from the search results. Students can use it to create editable research journals ("groks") and the groks will be populated with websites visited and the concepts covered. Teachers can review the students' groks and add comments.
  • KartOO is a visual Meta Search engine - a search engine that searches several other search engines to find the desire results.

  • Middlespot - Innovative website for social bookmarking that allows users to collect sites in a visual way.
  • Education Eye - Fun site for brainstorming with this visual search engine.
  • Snappy Words is a free visual dictionary and thesaurus. Enter any word or phrase into the Snappy Words search box and it will create a web of related words, phrases, and definitions. Hover your cursor over any word or phrase in the web to read its definition. Click and drag any node to explore other branches of the web. Double click on a node and it will generate new web branches.
  • WordSift - The program helps to quickly identify important words that appear in text. This function is widely available in various Tag cloud programs, but this one integrates the tags with other functions, such as a visualization of word relationships, images and video overview.
  • Youtube Visual Search - transforms your page into a visual search tool that maps topics and relationships between videos.
  • Tag Galaxy - exciting tool for finding images
  • Cool Iris -Turn Firefox into your ultimate media browser. Cooliris is a browser plug-in that revolutionizes how you find, view, and share photos and videos. Whether you're browsing the Web or your desktop, Cooliris presents media on an infinite "3D wall" that lets you enjoy content without clicking page to page
  • Spezify
    New visual search engine that collects search results in different media formats (e.g. definitions, images, Flickr photos, quotes, wikipedia articles), arranges them on a desktop and can be dragged around as an (almost) infinite collage.


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