Reitz High School

Reitz High School
Evansville, IN

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Big Huge Labs, A Tool for Creativity

Big Huge Labs is a great website to unleash some teacher and student creativity.  Take your digital photos and turn them into personalized motivational posters, calendars, movie posters, magazine covers, badges, mosaics, collages, trading cards, and much more!



All you have to do is go to http://bighugelabs.com/.  From there you will be able to see a variety of utilities to choose from.  You don't have to, but I recommend that you create an account.  That way photos that you upload and any creations you make will be saved.  With creation of a free account, the quality of pictures that you save as projects is not bad.  If you are only going to print out small cards or pics that are smaller than a standard piece of paper, you will be OK.  

If you want your posters to be high resolution, then you should probably sign up for a pro membership.  The pricing plans are very reasonable.  They have three price options.  You can join and download high-resolution projects for a week, a month, or for a year.  I went ahead and signed up for the year.  That only cost me a total of $25 and I can now create and download all I want for a year.  After you have created a motivator or movie poster, just take the downloaded hi-res photo files that are in jpg format to Sam's Club, Wal-mart, CVS, or Walgreen's and get them printed out in the size you want.



For more about Big Huge Labs and how it could be utilized in the classroom, go to my website that highlights several tools that will bring out your creative side.  I will do more posts on several of these tools.  Click on this link and then click "creativity tools."  http://teacherfunpark.weebly.com/

Big Huge Labs is very user friendly.  Imagine the following in your school or classroom:

  1. Create Trading cards at the beginning of the year for students to get to know each other. Some teachers make copies of each card and give a class pack to each student.
  2. Comic pages can be created.
  3. Students can make magazine covers for famous people reports.
  4. Students can create posters for different messages such as drug prevention week, fire safety day, or Earth Day.
  5. Create Trading cards for characters in a book and use them in a book report assignment.
  6. Students can create a mosaic for the chapter or unit they are studying.
  7. For new students at your school, you could create faculty trading cards so students can get familiar with the staff without actually meeting each one.
  8. Students can create inspirational/motivator posters for your school.  Some examples could be cooperation, pride, teamwork, success, unity, kindness, and achievement.
  9. Students could create magazine covers with headlines stating facts from the unit or chapter they are studying.
  10. Students could create a movie poster for their favorite novel and give a book report.
 

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