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BigHugeLabs

BigHugeLabs is a learner-centered online tool that allows students to create their own content through images and text. BigHugeLabs offers a variety of simple, easy-to-use image design tools, including trading cards, badge makers, map maker, mosaic maker, and jigsaws.

Keywords: Constructionism, Learner-centered Tool

Tool Snapshot

Price Free
Learning Constructionism
Ease of Use ★★★★✩
Privacy ★★★✩✩
Accessibility ★✩✩✩✩
Class Size Unlimited
ISTE*S Knowledge Constructor, Creative Communicator

Usability

BigHugeLabs is free to use, however, printing high-resolution versions of designs costs money.  The good news is that teachers can sign in as educators and have an ad-free version of the website. Teachers can also save students’ work and download them afterward. Another feature is the ability to register students ahead of classes so they can save time by skipping that process.

Privacy Information (Privacy Policy

Information collected from BigHugeLabs:

Sharing: 

Easy of Use

BigHugeLabs has a simple design which makes it easy to use. Individuals do not need to register to use the site.  BigHugeLabs offers a comprehensive FAQ section and help/contact section.

Access

You can access BigHugeLabs if you have an Internet connection in-home or at school. Also, you can use BigHugeLabs from a desktop computer or tablet. As a regular webpage, it doesn’t have an app.

Accessibility

BigHugeLabs does not have any special feature to help people with disabilities to work on this site.

BigHugeLabs Overview Video

YouTube Video

***BigHugeLabs video transcript***

BigHugeLabs & the SAMR Model

Example of a motivational poster: Ducks on an alligator with text "Courage is contagious"
Motivational poster made on BigHugeLabs

Learning Activities

Language

History

Students choose a historical figure or current public figure and create “historical artifacts” which tell us about the person.

Photography

Students act as photojournalists in their school/neighborhood and then modify their photographs in ways that best communicate their ideas about their community.

Science

Students identify public health messages and design a public education campaign using selected templates.

Fauna/flora

Students will create and share with their peers trading cards with different animals from their country with specific descriptions. Then, they would need to figure out where the habitats are from their peer's trading cards.

Resources

How to Use BigHugeLabs

  1. Go to BigHugeLabs
  2. Before you start you would have three options:
    • Not sign in.
    • Sign in for free.
    • Sign in as an “Educator.”
  3. To Free regular sign-in:
    • Go to the top of the website (blue line) and select “Education.”
    • Below to “Enroll” click on “Create a free account or sign in.”
    • You can choose to sign between google+, Facebook, or “Ok, sign me up.”
  4. How to navigate your free account:
    • Go to “My Account” at the top left of the website.
    • You would have 5 different tabs to navigate:
      • Profile: you can add more information about yourself, change your password, get a membership option or delete your account.
      • Recent/Upload creations: here you can see the most recent works you made inside the website.
      • Shared creations: here you can see the history of your works that were shared by you with others.
      • Order history: history of the order of products you request by the website.
      • Connect: here you have the option to connect BigHugeLabs with different sites and work with pictures you already have on the internet.
  5. To sign in as an Educator and get access to the benefits:
    • Go to the top of the website (blue line) and select “Education”
    • Below to “Enroll” click on “Create a free account or sign in”.
    • You can choose to sign between google+, Facebook, or “Ok, sign me up” (they recommend using your school email address, but is not required).
    • After you are logged in, go back to the “Education tag.”
    • Under “to enroll,” you would need to “ Upload a photo or scan in JPG or PNG format” an ID to certify you are a teacher. And write below in the blank spaces “school district or name”, School city, and School State.”
    • They would need to confirm your information before they give you access as an educator.

Research

Rudzinska, I., Pop, A., & Dredetianu, M. (2015, May). Student Creativity Boosting with Innovative Digital Activities to Enhance Study Course Quality. In SOCIETY. INTEGRATION. EDUCATION. Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference (Vol. 1, pp. 341-347).

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