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This really cool Web 2.0 tool – located at http://bighugelabs.com – offers an array of utilities for showcasing digital images. How can these activities be integrated into the classroom? Your imagination is the limit! Here are a few ideas to get you started…

Captioner or "Bubble Trouble"
  • Add comic book style captions to your photos.
  • Find a photo or painting depicting an event, idea or group of people related to your content.
  • Have students complete the bubbles with actual words or thoughts the characters in the image would say or think.
  • Pair share with a partner ensuring that students explain their writing.
  • Facilitate a large group discussion regarding what students wrote and why.
  • Discuss the differences between what the characters in the picture might say as compared to what they might think.
  • Write a short story or of the event portrayed in the image. Be sure to include past, present and future tense.
  • Photo editing software (i.e. Inspiration), online editing tools (i.e. Webspiration or Picnik), and/or Powerpoint can also be used to create a "Bubble Trouble" activity.

Example:
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Motivational Posters
  • Make your own inspirational, humorous, parody or other motivational poster related to any topic/curricular area.
  • Use this concept to create a Do Now, conversation starter, to introduce a topic and/or spark a discussion related to a current event.
  • Motivational posters can also be used for student generated activities: Vocabulary reinforcement and classroom posters to name a few. These posters then can be utilized to create word walls.

Examples:
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Current Events Do Now/Conversation Starter
Vocabulary Practice

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Humor and/or Parody Activity
Other motivational posters tools include:

For more info regarding the use of Automotivator/motivational posters in the classroom, check out my wiki page located at http://jf20.wikispaces.com/Tech+Tip+of+the+Week+-+January+2011.


Trading Cards
  • Transform your favorite person or topic into a cool trading card!
  • Use the “Trading Card” application as chapter or unit review and/or a culminating activity to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge about a particular concept.
  • Once the trading cards are generated, they can be shared with classmates in a variety of ways, utilized for a review game and/or added to a word wall.
  • For the really adventurous: Create a digital story using the trading cards and share via a class wiki or blog. Think about the 21st Century skills involved in an activity like this!

Examples:
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Magazine Covers
  • Create your own magazine cover based on your favorite topic!
  • Like the “Trading Card” utility, the “Magazine Cover” tool can also be utilized to provide students with a chance to creatively display their knowledge about a particular concept.
  • “Magazine Covers” can be used as chapter review, culminating activity and/or to add a digital twist to a variety of writing activities. Check out the samples shown below.

Examples:
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Ancient Egypt Culminating Activity
Autobiography Cover Page

Movie Poster
  • Customize a unique movie poster based on the content of your choice.
  • The "Movie Poster" application can be used in the same manner as the “Trading Card” and “Magazine Cover” components: To supply an opportunity for students to demonstrate comprehension about a subject area in an innovative and/or clever fashion.
  • “Movie Posters” can be utilized as chapter review, culminating activity and/or to add a 21st Century variation to traditional writing activities and/or book reports. In addition, "Movie Posters" are a great way to depict historical events, a period of time in history or a place in the world.

Example:
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Digital Book Report Activity


Badge Maker
  • Create an ID badge, press pass, name tag and more!
  • Use this utility to display information about characters from a book or play or couple this concept it with a biography project about a famous person - historical figures, inventors, presidents, scientists, etc.
  • "Badge Maker" can also be used to generate hall passes and name tags for an assortment of activities (i.e. field trips).

Examples:
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Famous Greeks Biography Activity
Getting to Know You ID Badge Activity



Billboard
  • If you've got something to say, the "Billboard" feature is the way to go! That's right... Illustrate your words of wisdom using a fabulous photo in good old-fashioned billboard style.
  • Use this component to create a persuasive message for or against a particular topic (i.e. Earth Day, conservation, smoking, etc.) or add a twist to a geography lesson by generating a poster about historical locations or a favorite vacation destination. The possibilities are endless!

Example:
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Pop Art Poster
  • Create a 9, 4, or 1-panel false-color version of one of your photo in the style of Andy Warhol's famous paintings of Marilyn Monroe. Instantly transform yourself, a character from a book and/or a historical figure into unique pop art poster.
  • Use the "Badge Maker" to create cool images for a Do Now, conversation starter and/or to introduce famous people that are going to be discussed in a particular unit or chapter.
  • "Badge Maker" can also be utilized for cover pages for student projects, bulletin board displays or just for fun! ;-)

Example:

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"Who 'dat?" Famous American" Activity



Make it Authentic!

Note: Student artwork, drawings and illustrations can be scanned and uploaded as images that are incorporated into the many tools that Big Huge Labs has to offer! Now there's an authentic assignment!

Digital Word Walls

After teaching a concept, have students locate digital images on the web. Use these images to create a word wall. To further enhance knowledge of a topic, incorporate some type of writing activity that is shared with classmates. This would also be an excellent time to teach students about copyright issues and how to properly cite sources.
Better yet: Take students on a digital field trip around the school photographing objects that depict a concept discussed in class (i.e. geometric shapes). A great way to display authentic student work! Both of these ideas can also be extended into a digital story.

National Archives: Document Analysis Worksheets

Document analysis worksheets can be utilized to generate discussions about teacher and/or student generated images (and other media) that are introduced in the classroom. This concept is also a great tool for use as bell ringers, pair share activities and exit tickets - all of which help to ensure that students are actively engaged with lesson content.

Example:
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The photo analysis worksheet as well as the additional document analysis worksheets listed below were designed and developed by the Education Staff of the National Archives and Records Administration. You may find these worksheets useful as you introduce students to various media types.


In addition to the document analysis worksheets, there are thousands of additional documents are available throughout sections of the National Archives website, including: Teaching With Documents, Online Exhibits, and the ARC Online Catalog.

(Source: National Archives website)

Additional Digital Imaging Tools

The list of Web 2.0 tools that can be utilized to create digital image projects and activities is quite extensive, but check out some of my most favorite:


Visual Literacy: What's the rationale?

The use of images combined with instructional strategies and/or technology…
  • Sparks interest and enthusiasm
  • Engages the learner
  • Provokes thought
  • Provides clarity
  • Encourages interaction
  • Stimulates discussion
  • Makes connections to learning
  • Addresses the four lenses of learning (meaning-centered, language-based, human, social)
  • Enhances critical thinking skills
  • Inspires creativity
  • Strengthens literacy, including information and visual
  • Promotes a variety of 21st Century skills

And the best part: Lessons, activities and projects using images can be designed and utilized in all content areas across the K-12 curriculum!