Have you noticed that the world is becoming increasingly visual? Well, that’s OK with me because I actually understand things better when text is accompanied with images. I’m sure I’m not the only one. In the learning realm, images – either still or moving – aid and enhance textual presentation: photos, maps, film, video clip, images on websites, visual search engines – and now a visual dictionary: Shahi.
Shahi is a visual dictionary that combines Wiktionary content with Flickr images, and more!
What I like about Shahi is the different perspectives you get from the same word. Let’s take the example ‘racism’. Here is one of the results; I like the humour and originality:
The word ‘dangerous’ yielded these results amongst others:
Definitely not what I expected!
Thought I’d try a verb – collaborate:
Never know what you’ll find.
As a teacher librarian I’m thinking of collecting images to go with fiction genres. Here’s fantasy:
What about crime?
A metaphorical meaning: photography is not a crime
Classroom possibilities beg to be discovered! Comparison of different interpretations of the same picture, guessing games, inspiration for students’ own images to accompany words, springboard for creative writing, collaborative slide presentations on a theme or message, and so on.
Thanks to Amanda for sharing this.
By the way, this reminds me of a post from a while ago, A picture’s worth a thousand words.