I was reading the newsletter that Jen Wagner sends out each month. You can get this resourceful newsletter HERE. As always, Jen introduced me to a wonderful website, The Teaching Pallette . The author of this website is Theresa McGee, who apparently is an Art Teacher. This website has all kinds of creative ideas. Under her reviews, she has a section called Technology and Gadgets. This is where I discovered Vi.Sualize.Us. The main idea of this wonderful online tool is that it becomes the place to save and share your collected images the same as Delicious allows you to save and share your bookmarked website. If you are using Firefox, it automatically downloads its ability to "right-click" and just save it to vi.sualize.us. If you are using another browser, you can upload a toolbar tool like that used in Delicious. Once the image is being saved, then you can "tag" it to save it within the folder that will allow you to retrieve it when you need it. You can also search this website to find images saved by others.
The implications are many for the classroom. Remember that especially for younger students, you will be finding those pictures that students will use in the power points or other ways that they "show what they know". Now you have a place to save and organize these images so that students can get at them any place that they are connected to the Internet. Additionally, there are safety filters that you can use and the ability to use Creative Commons filters to use only those images without strict copyrights. Do take a look at this new find!! Vi.Sualize.Us