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Weekend Websites #39: Big Huge Labs

08 Apr

Reposted from Ask a Tech Teacher

Every Friday I’ll send you a wonderful website that my classes and my parents love. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of your students as they are of mine.

big huge labs

Age:

2-12th

Topic:

Photo editing

Address:

Big Huge Labs

Review:

This site definitely lives up to its tagline–Helping you do cool stuff with your digital photos. It includes over two dozen projects that can be printed and/or posted on the web. What a plethora of tools. You can:

  • turn photos into magazine covers
  • turn photos into puzzles
  • make mosaics
  • make calendars
  • make pop art, ala Andy Warhol (that’s a favorite at my school)
  • write a letter to Santa
  • and more…

Most of these effects take 2-3 steps–upload your photo, select among a few options and create. Simple. It’s so simple, my eighth graders got confused. They were looking for all the other steps!

Big Huge Labs even has an educator account. Teachers can sign up for a free Educator account and get the following benefits:

  • Pre-register students so they can sign in without requiring an email address.
  • View and download content created by your students.
  • Use the site advertising-free. And we absolutely do not try to sell anything to your students.
  • Ready to print ID cards for your students

Here are some ideas on using Big Huge Labs in the classroom.

  • Use the badges to create name tags for field trips.
  • Use the Trading Cards to create Flora and Fauna Cards
  • Create an Avatar to use with your online presence
  • Create National Park (or other) trading cards.
  • Create Movie Posters to share about a book or time in History.

My helpful Google search engine posted these sites that do similar activities. Has anyone tried them?

  1. Dumpr – Addictively-fun and simple-to-use online photo effects. – dumpr.net
  2. GlassGiant.com – Contains resume, personal news, web design … – glassgiant.com
  3. MagMyPic.com – Perfect for posting on MySpace, Facebook, … – magmypic.com
  4. PhotoFunia – This effect is currently unavailable. Close. All effects; … – photofunia.com

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, will be out this summer. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.


 

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    May 4, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Thank you for the material. I found it extremeley helpful and I am really looking forward to reading your future posts. Terrific blog.

     
  2. Alison AndersonNo Gravatar

    October 13, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Thanks for the great ideas for using big huge labs In the classroom. I’ve used mag mypic and it works really well especially for making realistic magazine covers.

     
    • Jacqui MurrayNo Gravatar

      October 13, 2012 at 8:20 am

      I’ll have to look at that. …OK, I’m back. Couldn’t get it to load, either through Firefox or Chrome. I’ll check back later. Thanks for the idea!

       
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