Tool: Glogster EDU

Glogster EDU is a very unique tool. It is a blogging tool like no other. A Glog is created using a very easy drag and drop interface that is fun, interactive, and educational for students of all ages and learning styles. A Glog is an interactive visual platform in which users create a “poster or web page” containing multimedia elements including: text, audio, video, images, graphics, drawings, and data.

Who can use it and how much is it?

Anyone who is an educator can [[#|sign up]] for a free acount. The site is free for a 32 day trial. After that period I assume you have to upgrade to a paid account or sign up for another free trial. If a classroom teacher wants access only for themselves and their [[#|students]], the fee is $20 for a year. If the school wants all students to have access, the fee is 40 cents per [[#|[[#|student]]]]. If this is a tool that an educator would use on a regular basis, then the fee based option may be the way to go as there are a lot more features including: extra graphics options, the ability to draw in the tool, school and teacher management, and no ads.

Benefits to using it in the classroom/learning environment:

  • It expands student's digital literacy: [[#|Students]] learn to use technology in an easy and [[#|meaningful]] way.
  • It meets educational technology standards: Mastery of the educational technology standards is an important part of education for each [[#|student]], and this site not only teaches [[#|students]] how to use technology, but also integrates other curriculum areas into the mix.
  • It promotes problem solving, creativity, individuality, and critical thinking skills. [[#|Students]] have to create an individual product using all of these elements showing understanding of the objectives of the assignment.
  • It fits the differentiated model of instruction. [[#|Students]] are allowed to create products based on their own learning styles and levels of learning.
  • It is a great tool for formative or even summative assessment. Teachers can quickly check their student's understanding of the topics they have taught.

Ideas for Use in the classroom/learning environment:

The ideas for usage of this site in the classroom or learning environment are numerous, but here are just a few:
  • Assessments: Have the [[#|students]] create a glog to assess any topic you have taught. This will be a quick way for the [[#|teacher to]] check the student's understanding and mastery of the topic.
  • Book Reports: A fun way to make a visual book report and to check student's comprehension of what they read.
  • Immediate Feedback/Reviews: There is an option to "reglog" a person's glog. You could have each student choose another student's glog and "reglog" it for feedback purposes for the original creator. What would the new student change to make the original glog better or make the topic on the glog more clear/obvious to the viewer? This could also be another way for the teacher to assess student's understanding of the topic.
  • Research Projects: Create a glog on their research topic. What a fun way to present research.
  • Teachers can create and give out assignments using a glog. What better way to accomodate all learning styles? The glog connects with visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners all at the same time.
  • Star of the week/All about Me: Each student could create a glog about themselves to share with their classmates. This a great community building activity and it is important for each child to be able to share their own lives and personal interests.
  • Biographies: These could be any type- famous people, someone the student's considers a hero, presidents, women scientists, etc. This again could tie into any academic area, but again incorporates many curriculum areas into one project: reading, research skills, critical thinking skills, writing, comprehension, problem solving, artistic expression, etc.
  • Math: Showing all the steps to solving a specific problem using visuals, sounds, etc.

Project Example:

Here is a glog I created for a genre study I am doing with my 5th grade library media students. Mystery is one of 8 literature genres we are studying this semester: Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Biography/Autobiography, Realistic Fiction, Informational Text, Poetry.

Content on this page created by :Ashley Cauthon