Reverse Image Searching is looking to see in which places the same image can be found on the web. For example, I did a search on a Titanic image and found it on 67 different sites. If I wanted to investigate and find out a lot more information, I have a great list of sites ready to look at!
It may sound as if that is not very useful for most people; however, it is great to use when children are trying to find out about famous landmarks, or for teaching children about digital literacy such as copyright and the persistence of photographs etc.
Here is short video showing how a free online tool called TinEye works:
It is also possible to do a reverse reverse image search with Google:
“Google reverse image search allows you to use your images to search for similar images in the web. This is a great way for students to search for information about images they have. They can also use it to identify and learn about objects they pictured in a field trip. Search by image works best when the image is likely to show up in other places on the web. So you’ll get more results for famous landmarks than you will for personal images like your latest family photo.“(Google)
The site linked here gives lots of detail how to carry out a reverse image search on Google but basically, if you are using Chrome or Firefox, then it is right clicking on an image and select ‘Search Google for this image.’ A new tab will open with your results showing everywhere else the same image has been used.
It would perhaps be interesting to put images of the school in to see if it crops up in any local history writing, also any local landmarks to see what is written about them.