Today’s post features two important image search tools we recommend for teachers and students. These are Search by Image (by Google) and TinEye Reverse Image Search both of which are available as Chrome extensions. Using these tools students will be able to search images online and access specific data about images including sources, similar images, and many more. The process is simple and easy: you upload the image you are interested in into the search box of one of these tools and they will instantly locate and identify its metadata. Students can use these tools for a variety of educational purposes: they can search for original sources of images or use them to find out the names of specific object etc.
“With this extension, you can initiate a search on Google using pictures on the web. You can discover photos of places, learn more about art pieces, identify landmarks, and more. To use this extension, right click on an image on the web and select “Search Google with this image.” You can also add a clickable Search by Image icon that appears when you point to an image. When you search by image, you’ll see results that show you where that image, and similar images, appear on the web. You can see webpages that contain that image, or find the same image in different sizes or resolutions.”
“TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology, instead of using keywords, metadata or watermarks. When you submit an image to be searched, TinEye creates a unique and compact digital signature or ‘fingerprint’ for it, then compares this fingerprint to every other image in our index to retrieve matches. TinEye does not typically find similar images; it finds exact matches including those that have been cropped, edited or resized.”