The $1000 Glog Contest is Growing Fast!

Hundreds of Teachers Have Entered To Win $1000 Before December 15th! 

It’s been a wild ride at Glogster for the past week. Since we launched our $1000 Glog Contest, we’ve had nearly a thousand submissions from Glogster EDU Teachers all over the world!

How Can I Enter? 

To enter, all you need to do is to TAG your Glogs with this tag: GlogContest2013. Here is a Glog that explains how: 

How_To_Tag_GlogNote: This Contest can be entered by Teachers Only. But Student Glogs still count if submitted by a teacher!

How Can I Win??

When the contests ends on December 15th, 2013 at Midnight EDT, the Contest Commission, a group of Glogster EDU experts including teachers, designers, and Glogster EDU developers will judge the Top 50 submitted Glogs, as chosen by Glogster EDU.

Here are a few tips for entering to WIN:

  • Choose a fascinating new topic to explore: something you think everyone should know about.

The best Glogs tell you something you don’t already know, in a way you weren’t expecting. The winning Glog will be one that tells a story using multimedia and textual information, as well as external links, to tell a complete story. It should reward the reader with rich information and context.

  • Complete your Glog with Multimedia, external links, videos animations, and other goodies. 

Glogter EDU’s magic is its ability to be more than just a Blog platform or a video platform. Glogster EDU allows you to mesh video, animation, links, recordings of your own, and other elements in surprising new ways. Take advantage of these abilities to make your Glog shine.

  • Look at Glogs in Glogpedia for inspiration on good design, clear presentation of information, and good use of colors and contrasts. 

Go beyond Templates to create something unique, while still using what templates offer you in terms of good tips for design. Your Glog doesn’t have to look like everyone else’s! It doesn’t have to use all of the same backgrounds and styles that are common on Glogster EDU: it can be whatever you want it to be. Your message and your concept can be complex, or they can be simple, but the winning Glog will have a design that strengthens its appeal, and lends weight to its messages and information.

When Does the Contest End? 

Check the contest page for full terms and conditions, as well as a set of rules. The contest will end at midnight EST, December 15th, 2013, so get Glogging! The more Glogs you enter, the more chances YOU have to win.

School Administrators: Time to Switch to the NEW Admin Dashboard!

It’s Time to Make the Switch!

As some school administrators may have noticed in the past few months, we’ve been making the new Administrator Dashboard and Tools available to School licenses as a new option. As the new Admin tools are perfected, it’s almost time to make the switch for those Administrators still using the original Glogster EDU Admin Dashboard.

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Why the Switch? 

In response to the needs of our users, we have developed a new set of Administrator Tools that make handling the large volumes of students and teachers in School Licenses easier, faster, more efficient, and more reliable. While our original Admin Dashboard was based upon the Teacher Dashboard, many of our school administrators found that it fit the needs of a teacher better than those of a school administrator. Even in the cases where a teacher also administrates a School License, the new Admin Dashboard differentiates the work of an administrator and that of a teacher, so that the user will now see a clear difference between acting as an Admin, and as a normal Teacher.

Benefits of the New Admin Dashboard:

A Beautiful, Clean and Clear Design: The new Admin Dashboard is based on a design toolkit called “Bootstrap,” which was developed by Twitter. The new tools look, feel, and work the way you expect them to work, because they follow a common set of rules, shared with leading online services. 

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Access all Admin functionalities in an intuitive, beautiful Dashboard design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More, and More Powerful, Teacher and Student Management Tools: The New Dashboard not only looks more modern, it has more advanced tools for managing larger numbers of students. These tools include a brand new Student Creation Tool, Mass Actions, and searchable databases of students and teachers. 

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Add or invite Teachers easily

Perform mass actions on students, and access any student account at any time.

Perform mass actions on students, and access any student account at any time.

 

It’s all There in the Manual: For your convenience, a tour function on both the Teacher and Student tools will walk you through all the new functionalities of the Admin Dashboard, and as a VIP Customer, our Customer Care Team is just a phone call or an email away from personally helping you with any questions you have.

Launch the tour to get an overview of the tools. It only takes a minute!

Launch the tour to get an overview of the tools. It only takes a minute!

This step by step guide will familiarize you with everything. And VIP customer Care is a Click away at any time.

This step by step guide will familiarize you with everything. And VIP customer Care is a Click away at any time.

When Is the Switch Occurring?

The new Dashboard will go online for most School Administrators within the next few weeks. Some Administrators using newer school licenses will have the option to switch manually before that time. But don’t worry! The new tools are intuitive and simple to use. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. And if you should have any concerns…

We’re Here to Help with the Switch

Our goal is for all School Administrators to start using these new tools as soon as possible.  But you don’t have to go it alone! When you activate the new Dashboard, a direct link to Customer Care by telephone and email will become available to you. Just click “Get Help,” and we’ll display a number where you can give us a call. We look forward to helping you.

The NextGen Glog Is Now Fully Replacing the Classic Glog

Creation of New Classic Glogs Will Be Unavailable Starting This Week

As you are probably aware, some time ago we introduced the NextGen Glog Editor as a successor to the original Classic Glog Editor. This was done to allow Glogster EDU to continue providing the latest and best tools to our millions of teachers and students on any device or operating system.

Beginning this week, for all registered users of Glogster EDU, it will no longer be possible to create new Classic Glogs. Previously created Classic Glogs will still be available. However, it is highly recommended that users not adapt previously created Classic Glogs, or employ Classic Glogs for Projects.

What’s going to happen to my Classic Glogs?

We know that many teachers on Glogster EDU have invested considerable effort and time in creating incredible content, and many students likewise have poured their creative energies into Glogster EDU, creating a legacy of amazing Classic Glogs that stretches back nearly 4 years, numbering now in the TENS OF MILLIONS of Glogs.

That work, time, love and effort is as valuable to us at Glogster EDU as it is to you. It is at the heart of what Glogster EDU is: a platform for creating and sharing, and building knowledge together. We will work to preserve that content and allow it to continue to thrive on the NextGen Platform.

Within a few months, Glogster EDU will publish instructions on how to update Classic Glogs, transforming them into NextGen Glogs. Users will be free to update their Classic Glogs manually. At some point in the future, once we are sure that a majority of users have taken the time to preserve and update the Glogs that they have invested their time and effort in, we will automatically update the remainder of Classic Glogs, transforming them automatically into NextGen Glogs. At that point, the Classic Glog Engine will be shut down for good.

Why Take the Classic Glog Offline?  

Times change, and we must change with them. While the Classic Glog Editor was enormously popular, and helped shape Glogster EDU into the global platform it has since become, the programming language upon which it was originally based, a version of Adobe Flash, has been superseded a more modern version. In addition, the popularity and spread of mobile devices based on new programming architectures has made support of the Classic Glog Editor untenable. Glogster EDU has seized the opportunity to develop and introduce something entirely new, and totally original: the NextGen Glog Editor. And it is with enormous gratitude that we thank each and every one of our EDUcators who have been with us through this transition.  It hasn’t always been easy, but it has always been inspiring.

What’s Coming Next for NextGen? 

Today, the NextGen Glog Editor has grown into a rich creative environment, supporting a deep and vibrant community of EDUcators and students the world over. And as we move forward, NextGen will ensure that Glogster EDU is available on a variety of software platforms, from Windows to IOS, so that inspiration doesn’t need to take a break until students get to their desks, or until you get home.  And as we continue to focus our efforts on its improvement, you can expect exciting announcements of new features, and new capabilities still to come. Such developments as collaboration mode, in which multiple users can edit the same Glogs, the new EDU Graphic Library, seamless integration of your Glog Library with our upcoming Glog Editor App for iOS, and much, much more.

As the Classic Glog nears its end, we view this time as an exciting new beginning for Glogster EDU: one filled with surprises and wonder. We look forward to sharing it with you.

 

Join The Glogster EDU #Edknow TweetUp!

Join the Glogster EDU Team and our Community of educators for the #edknow Twitter Chat!

On Monday, Sep. 9, at 12:00 pm EST, Glogster EDU will be having a Twitter Chat. Our subject for this week will be BYOD: Bring Your Own Device, the Teacher’s Perspective. We’re writing a WhitePaper for all of our users about BYOD, and we want to know what our community thinks is most important, what your experiences are, and what advice you would give to other EDUcators on the subject. Your responses will help shape our views, and become part of our #Edknow Content Initiative.  So jump on in!

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 Monday, Sep. 9, at 12:00 pm EST! 

What’s a Twitter Chat? 

So glad you asked! A Twitter Chat, or “Tweetup,” is an informal gathering of likeminded people for an open discussion and exchange of ideas on Twitter. It takes place at a specific time, and usually lasts about an hour (although it can last as long as people are tweeting!).

How do I join? 

Make sure you’ve got a Twitter username, and are following @glogsteredu on Twitter. When the event is close to its start time, just enter the search term #Edknow, or use this link, and all of the Twitter Chat tweets from our participants will be displayed.

To post, just include this hashtag: #Edknow, in your tweets, and the rest of the participants will be able to see your contributions. Don’t forget this hashtag when tweeting responses!

Event Details

Date and Time: Monday, Sep. 9, 12:00 pm EST

Where: On Twitter, hashtag #Edknow

Subject of the Chat: BYOD: Teacher Perspectives

Glogster EDU Wants Your Contributions For the #EdKnow Initiative

Glogster EDU’s #EdKnow Initiative

Starting this month, Glogster EDU is launching a new Content Initiative, “#EdKnow,” to involve new Educators, administrators, public policy makers, and parents in the world of Education Technology, and provide the building blocks for teachers to get started with digital classrooms, new teaching and lesson planning technologies, and new, Edtech influenced ideas about teaching.

Best of all, we’re doing this by sharing the perspectives and ideas of our teacher community. With over 20 Million Glogs in Glogpedia, the Glogster EDU community has plenty of inspiration for teachers new to technology.

What Will Be the Outcome of This Initiative?

In the coming month, Glogster will be publishing a series of newsletters and Blog posts featuring input from YOU, our Glogster EDU community, as well as from Glogster team members, exploring the world of education technology with exciting, personalized narratives about technology integration, flipped teaching, BYOD solutions, creative teaching, digital citizenship, and lots more. We’ll be collecting these submissions in the forms of articles, videos, Glogs, and more, and publishing our own Glogs, available to every member of our community right from Glogpedia and their user dashboards.

This gives our community of EDUcators the potential of reaching millions of likeminded teachers and administrators who are using the Glogster EDU platform, and easily sharing and learning from the work of their Glogster EDU colleagues across the Globe. It’s an ambitious, exciting project, and we want YOU to be directly involved.

How Can I Get Involved?

Great question! You can get involved by creating a Glog, Blogging, or Vlogging, or making a video presentation (if you’re not sure about how to incorporate everything into one Glog!) about your creative uses of technology in the classroom. and submitting it to be published here on the Glogster EDU Blog!

Tell us the story of how you incorporate creativity and digital resources into your teaching practice; be it through a flipped learning approach, through social networking, through the use of mobile devices, or smart boards. Do you have a WordPress classroom, or do you use Twitter, Edmodo, or Glogster EDU? Write about your experiences so that we can publish them.

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Submit your idea for an article you’d like to write about Teaching with Technology to edknow@glogster.com today!

We’ll be collecting all kinds of content. Whether you’re a podcaster or a writer, or write a Blog, or run a Youtube channel, or a pirate radio station, we’ll accept your submissions. The best, most thought-out and complete submissions, in any format, we’ll share as a part of our monthly newsletters, on our boards at Scoop.it, and here on our Blog, as well as to our followers on Twitter and Facebook.

What Should I Talk About?

We’re looking for well thought-out, well honed works that speak for themselves- not just articles that mention ideas, but that explain them. Not just videos that tell you to do something in your teaching, but videos that show you how it’s done, using multimedia to demonstrate the steps clearly.

We’re also looking for something unique, that hasn’t been published anywhere else yet. Naturally some submissions will bear similarities, and that’s fine. If you feel you have a new take on a perennial topic, we’d love to see it!

Here are some ideas on what kind of content we might accept (although there’s plenty that isn’t on our list!)

  • A Glog, Blog post or video about how to grow and manage an effective, diverse PLN (Personal Learning Network)
  • A Glog, Blog post or video about how to effectively, safely use social networking as part of your teaching practice
  • Glogs, Blog posts or videos about bringing creativity into different subject areas, and using technology to cross disciplines, with examples from real life.
  • Glogs, Blog posts or videos about Digital Citizenship, and how to effectively teach ethical use of technology
  • Glogs, Blog posts or videos about Glogster EDU, and Digital Storytelling, with examples from real classrooms

What Kinds of Things Won’t Work?

We’re not looking for advertisements or link-swapping for promotional purposes. But as long as it isn’t just an advertisement, you can write about any product you use in real life.

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We’re also not able to publish anything that has been published somewhere else already.

We’re also not going to post your graduate thesis or academic paper. While we love that you spent so much time and effort on it, we want something that an Educator, an administrator, or a technology specialist can read and refer to easily, and that can be easily shared with that person’s PLN. You could always use a part of that thesis, or even just an abstract of the thesis, and make that into a very engaging blog post. We’d love to be able to publish whatever is sent to us, so the only real “rule” is that it has to be engaging.

This means the content should be geared towards practical, real world advice and experience, and less about theory and philosophical arguments. Don’t get us wrong! We love theory and philosophy, just not for the content in this Initiative.

Got it! Now, How Can I get my work Published??

That’s easy. Email us a proposal for your work, describing in brief what it is you want to say, and how you want to say it. You can send that email to our Content Manager, Lloyd at lloyd.waldo@glogster.com. 

Lloyd or another Glogster EDU team member will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your idea or give you the okay to go ahead. All submissions *will* receive individual responses. Once you’re done, we’ll work with you to make sure your content has an audience, and gets shared as widely as possible

We Can’t Wait to Hear about your Ideas!

Email us your Idea for a Blog post or a Video (or any other Multimedia Presentation) at lloyd.waldo@glogster.com

Summer News and Highlights: Lots Going on at Glogster EDU!

Summer 2013: Community News & Highlights

While it’s summer in America, and most schools have been on break, Glogster EDU has been hard at work. While that may sound like a bummer for some teachers and students who get the summer off, for us it’s exciting! We get to spend the summer improving Glogster EDU, and staying connected with millions of users who stick around during vacation too!

Educators Talking about Glogster EDU

Educator Craig Seasholes (@craigseasholes), created a fantastic presentation this summer for PSESD: Pudget Sound Educational Service District. The presentation showcases a range of Glogs about Glogster EDU, and Digital Learning. Check it out by clicking below!

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What’s Glogster Working on?

Lots of neat stuff. Here’s a popular question we’ve been asked a lot.

Yes! We’ve done it at Glogster HQ. Our new iPad app is now beyond the prototype stage, and we are working on the product design and testing for our release of Glogster EDU for ios! The app now works smoothly and intuitively. We’ve found that Glogging is even better on an iPad than it is on a web browser, and because of the multitouch features of an iPad, the interface is more intuitive and more fluid than ever before. Plus, the iPad app includes exciting new features, among them: collaboration on multiple iPads, taking photos and videos directly from real life into a Glog, and importing whole webpages, like wikipedia entries, into a Glog. When are we releasing? We are planning for an October release. This means that Glogster EDU for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch will be available in time for the Fall semester in the US!

Attend our Technology Summit! 

Learn more about our plans for the iPad at our Technology Summit, on Wednesday, August 28th at 10:30 EST.

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Glogster EDU Ambassador Joli Barker’s amazing 40+ Ways to Innovate Teaching with Glogster EDU, has had  over 4,000 readers! Wow!

Jolie Barker: McKinney, TexasI believe that the two most important jobs on Earth are being a parent and teacher.  I take my role as both extremely seriously and approach my classroom as a way to extend the ‘family’ for my students. a- Jolie Barker   From her Blog:  “Fearless Classroom”

 

Glogster EDU Kudos

Every month, Glogster supports EdCamps and EdConferences with sponsorships, including Glogster EDU licenses for raffles, and other giveaways. And sometimes an EDUcator just wants to let us know we’re loved. Well, you’re all loved too! Here are a few kudos we’ve received this summer:

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Christa Herring from Prairie Hills Colorado had this to say:

“It is exciting for me to take a step back and observe students using critical thinking and reasoning skills as they sift through information to pick just the right picture, compose the perfect title, or write an interesting paragraph to convey knowledge of a particular topic. Last year, we created Glogs to wrap up our study of the American Revolution. Students were responsible for making their own digital poster. While some students worked alone, other children quickly collaborated linking Glogs together showing a comprehensive look at the American Revolution. They loved working with Glogster! After finishing our projects, my fifth graders helped two first grade classes to create Glogs of their own to show what they had learned about animals. What a fabulous and motivating way for children to work with other grade levels.”
Christa Herring
Fourth Grade Teacher

Digital Storytelling with Glogster EDU

Digital Storytelling with Glogster EDU

A part of teaching is storytelling. As a teacher, you tell the story of the world around you. The history, the mechanics, the reasoning behind everything that your students observe and wonder about.

Digital storytelling allows us to take a linear series of events and bring them to life in a multidimensional experience; to communicate, collaborate, by infusing all types of media into the process.

And Digital storytelling can be practiced anywhere; in almost any imaginable form: in homes, schools, libraries and businesses, by anyone from beginner technology users to experts. In education, teachers and students use digital learning concepts across all content areas, and all grade levels.

The Glogster EDU team comes across amazing Digital Storytelling every single week in Glogpedia. So we thought we’d share some of that here.

What makes Great Digital Storytelling? 

Here are a few ideas:

Style and Substance

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Great digital storytelling gives more than the facts: it gives a bit of atmosphere as well. By incorporating different styles of text, music, or historical documents and photos (bonus points for links to resources and videos of key concepts and places), the story being told really comes alive.

Depth and Connectedness

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Great Digital Storytelling also tells a story in different ways. It presents more than the facts: it also gives the learner a reason and a way to learn more about the subject. It presents information that inspires discovery, and offers ways to make those new discoveries easily: by linking to different resources.

Digital Storytelling isn’t just told, but experienced. It serves as a gateway to a whole universe of new information and insight- it is not self-contained, and doesn’t have to be.

Relevance

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We think great digital storytelling is also about making a case for what’s important, and finding out what’s important to the person experiencing your story. It distills the facts and relevant information, and helps guide the learner to teach him or herself more about the topic. It sparks interest, and gives a reason as to why this new branch of knowledge can be attractive and useful.

Glogster EDU Launches Home Edition!

Glogster EDU Launches Home Edition!

Over the past 3 years, the Glogster Team has watched education technology become a revolution in the way that we think about the roles of teachers and students. As technology and society continue to change more and more rapidly, the role filled by the traditional school system has had to change too, as we discussed deeply in our recent Ebook: Connect to the Revolution.

Another big change that’s been occurring, especially in the United States, is a resurgent interest in Homeschooling. In about a decade, the number of homeschooled students in the US has more than doubled, with the percentage of students primarily learning at home increasing to about 3% of all American students, meaning that today over 2 million American students are homeschooled. And the trend shows signs of speeding up, as learning resources become more affordable, and more accessible to parents and communities outside the public school system.

What is Home?

Why Glogster EDU is Coming Home

Noting this trend, the Glogster Team has created a perfect package to meet the needs of the homeschool environment. Not only does Glogster EDU base itself upon the idea that student oriented learning, in which young learners direct their own paths toward acquiring knowledge and skills, is the shining future of 21st Century education, but homeschooling parents and homeschoolers across American emphatically agree. Creative, self-directed, explorative, and deeply insightful learning is not only up to the truly great parents and teachers among us: students need tools and modes of expression that are relevant to them, and not just to us. That’s what Glogster EDU has been about from the very beginning. The perfect fit.

Get Glogster EDU Premium: Home Edition! Click Here.

Glogster EDU inspires students, anywhere they are.

Glogster EDU inspires students, anywhere they are.

What Glogster EDU Home Edition Can Help Kids Accomplish

We could talk about features first, but Glogster EDU Home Edition is about accomplishments. It’s about the feeling, the knowledge, that you have engaged with a new topic, and that you have learned and produced something of great value to yourself. Here are some things young learners have accomplished with Glogster EDU:

Independent Thinking and Reasoning: Glog creation requires students to think for themselves, and engage with topics in non-passive ways; that they think not only about what something means, but about how that meaning can be expressed to someone else. And there’s no better way to do that than to base learning upon outcomes: creative and engaging projects that kids will enjoy working on, that they will be proud of, and that ask to be shared and cherished.

Creative Skills: Often the first thing that we lose in education when we focus on tests and grades, memorization and repetition, is that learning is about synthesis. Knowledge of something is not very good if we cannot find ways of expressing that knowledge, and that’s why Glogster EDU has been so popular since its inception. Glogster EDU learners connect with the information they are absorbing during the process of synthesizing it into something meaningful that they wish to express: they learn by teaching. They are their own teachers.

Love of Knowledge: Many of us feel that the topics we loved in school were our favorites because we were better at them. But often we forget that we were also better at these topics because we loved them. Because a teacher or one of our parents inspired us to be passionate, and we used that passion to master the subject. It wasn’t work to learn, because we loved knowing more. With Glogster EDU, knowledge is not the only goal, because it doesn’t have to be. We trust that knowledge follows passion, and passion arises from a child’s need to express himself or herself- to understand and to be understood by others. Knowledge is a happy by-product of the love of knowledge. 

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But What Are the Features?

Of course we’re proud of our award-winning features too! Here are a few things parents and kids can use Glogster EDU to do:

Organization: Group your kids into classes, to keep track of progress in different subject areas. There’s no limit to the number of classes you create- you can use this feature flexibly to organize different projects and work in many different areas at one time, sending comments and messages specific to different subject areas.

Creativity: Students all over love Glogging. Kids have created over 25 Million Glogs so far, about just about anything you can imagine. There is no limit to what can be done. Drag and drop images, graphics, video and audio directly from your content library into a Glog, and upload, embed or link content from anywhere on the web. It’s that easy! The Glog platform appeals to different learning styles, offering something for each type of learner, and for differentiated learning in every subject.

Templates and Projects: Pick a starting point for any project, and then let your kids take control. Grading and commenting, as well as messaging and sharing on social media, are just a click away. You can choose to assign projects based on specific requirements, or you can take a hands-off approach, and let students direct their own interests. That’s up to you- the tools allow you to take your own approach.

Sharing: Once your child’s creativity is unleashed, there are a variety of ways to publish and share the results. Glogster EDU has tools for organizing Glogs into presentations and portfolios that can be shared across the web. Email these portfolios to friends or relatives, or share them in your Personal Learning Network, or on social media. You can even print them out and put them on the fridge- a classic never goes out of style.

Security: Glogster EDU has industry leading privacy controls. Share and enjoy your child’s creative endeavors safely, knowing that our platform protects your privacy with individual, secure logins, secure private messaging available only between you and your own children, and absolutely no advertising to minors.

Your Homeschoolers Deserve Glogster EDU

Become a part of the Glogster EDU community, and let us share something special with you every single day. All we ask is that you do the same: aspire to do something really creative, and really special with us- when you can, where you can. That’s what the Glogster EDU community is about. To find out more, find us on Facebook, Twitter and other social media around the web, or send us an email today to talk about Glogster EDU Home Edition. We’re at Sales at Glogster-dot-com.

May Community Highlights: Amazing Glogs by Amazing Gloggers, and More!

May 2013: Community Highlights

The Glogster EDU Community is chock-full of amazing EDUcators and creative learners from all over the world. The only thing they’re required to share is a love of knowledge and a passion for learning creatively. Glogster EDU teachers connect and share in a variety of ways: by email, on Facebook, on Edmodo, and on Twitter, just to name a few. Every week, we’re flooded with inspiration from enthusiastic, inspiring and creative teachers. It’s our pleasure to share what we find here. Without further ado: here are some outstanding highlights from this month at Glogster EDU. 

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Over 100 Glogs were added to Glogpedia just last week! Here’s our favorite: 

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And We’ve added some new Templates as well: Check them out!

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Tony Sinanis’s 3rd Grade kids make Glogs about the chick lifecycle. In Jericho, NY.

Check out Tony’s Blog.

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Glogster EDU Ambassador Joli Barker’s amazing 40+ Ways to Innovate Teaching with Glogster EDU, has had almost 2000 readers in 2 weeks! WOW! 

Jolie Barker: McKinney, Texas

“I believe that the two most important jobs on Earth are being a parent and teacher.  I take my role as both extremely seriously and approach my classroom as a way to extend the ‘family’ for my students.” – Jolie Barker

 From her Blog:  “Fearless Classroom”

Glogster EDU Kudos

Every month, Glogster supports EdCamps and EdConferences with sponsorships, including Glogster EDU licenses for raffles, and other giveaways. And sometimes an EDUcator just wants to let us know we’re loved. Well, you’re all loved too! Here are a few kudos we’ve gotten this month:

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Teachers let us know how they use Glogster EDU in any given week.

Teachers let us know how they use Glogster EDU in any given week.

We’ve also started a suggestion box: Edu.Suggestions@Glogster.com

Our fans and users ask us all kinds of great questions. Here are just a few from this month:

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A: We’re working on a new Item Browser at the moment, and it’s almost ready. When it’s done, we’ll be tackling all sorts of new improvements and features. Thanks to the NextGen Glog Editor, you’ll be seeing more features and more improvements in speed and performance on a consistent basis!

Q: (Via Email) Have you considered adding a “business” or “leadership skills” category (to Glog Categories)?   That would apply more to higher ed than to K-12, but it could be useful to people in my field. –  Dee Anne Bonebright, Minnesota

A: Great Question! We have been working on a version of Glogster EDU, including a slightly different editor, that would be aimed at the needs of business and higher ed users, like yourself. For now, there are training vocational categories in the Discipline options, but a business/professional category is a great idea. We’ll definitely add this to our future plans.

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A. Oh yes we are! And we can tell you this: it looks incredible. We can’t spill all the beans yet, but we can tell you that the app will be touch capable, will allow you to embed photos from an iPhone or iPad, and record audio on the fly. And it will do a whole lot more!

Make Your Classes Come Alive with Custom Avatars!

What Type of Avatar is right for your Class? 

Glogster EDU is fun for everyone; students and teachers alike. Make your classes and your students stand out, and help your learners to feel that they are expressing themselves, with custom Avatars. Here Glogster EDU discusses a few free avatar creators that might be right for your class.

Picking the right avatar creator is a delicate thing. If you’re the type of teacher who loves attention to detail, and loves to be creative, there are an embarrassment of possible choices for a great avatar maker. While many teachers use screenshots of student Glogs as avatars, you may want to allow students to prepare their own custom models, or you might like to try giving all your students the gift of an avatar made by their favorite Glogster EDU teacher. Here are a few services we’ve tried, along with our reviews of each.

The Na’Vi Avatar Creator:

He doesn't look too familiar.

He doesn’t look too familiar.

While we loved the concept of a class full of little Avatars (the Na’vi people from the hit film called Avatar), this Avatar creator from Doll Divine doesn’t measure up to expectations. While it’s fun to customize your Avatar’s clothing and the background, we can’t really say that this Avatar accomplishes its primary purpose: identifying the user in a unique way. The facial features were not really customizable, and so we didn’t really get that “wow!” moment of recognition with the end result.

The Simpson’s Avatar Creator

Thelma from Scoobie Doo?

Thelma from Scoobie Doo?

We had fun with this simple Avatar maker. While the facial features are not overly customizable, there were enough choices that we didn’t feel constrained. Kid and adult versions are available, in both male and female shapes, and the tools allow for custom choices of color and clothing. It’s enough to make something that vaguely resembles a student, but is a fun reference to the popular show.

Picasso Head

One of our favorites out there, this fun and daring Avatar creator uses the concept of a Picasso drawing, with a drag and drop interface. You can layer, resize and recolor any of a handful of basic elements to create a unique face, and the feeling that it was drawn by Pablo himself. Here are some of our attempts:

Mr. Potato head?

Mr. Potato head?

Bad hair day

Bad hair day

While we freely admit, the results don’t *exactly* scream Picasso, this was pretty fun. There are a limited number of objects to use, but the customization makes for endless possibilities. Add your signature in the Picasso style for added authenticity.

Pick a Face

Is that you Beiber??

Is that you Beiber??

We had high hopes for Pick a Face, but really, every Avatar we tried came out looking more or less the same. In a world of unrealistic body image issues and pressure on kids to conform to traditional concepts of beauty, it’s too bad that such a popular avatar maker produces such bland, “beautiful” images. Kids should just look like kids in our opinion. There’s nothing wrong with that.

Doppel Me

Serious Business

Doppel Me is a fun and easy full body Avatar creator. The faces are not so customizable, but there are plenty of clothing options to make up for this, and the size is right for a Glogster EDU Avatar.

So now you’ve got a few options to explore. Add Avatars to your Glogster student profiles today, and bring some personality to your Glogster EDU Classes and Projects. Each of these tools can yield fun and interesting results in under a minute, so don’t be afraid to dive in.

40+ Ways to Innovative Teaching Using Glogster EDU

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40+ Ways to Innovative Teaching Using Glogster EDU in the Classroom

As a Glogster Ambassador, as well as an innovative educator, I am obsessed with finding new and creative ways to engage my students with technology, but also to keep them focused on deep and meaningful learning.  Often teachers use technology as just another tool to provide information to students.  Students remain the passive consumers of their learning and fact gatherers rather than active participants in the discovery of information and producers of meaningful learning experiences.  This should be our goal as educators:  To provide tools to discovery and allow creativity and independence in the learning process.

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Glogster EDU is a fantastic tool whose versatility is limited only by one’s imagination.  It is one of the most underutilized Web 2.0 tools out there!  This blog is dedicated to sharing and celebrating innovations in the classroom using this remarkable tool.

1. Ice Breakers or Getting to Know You

Starting off the school year in the same old ways?  Try using Glogster EDU as an innovative tool to get kids to express themselves about who they are and what they hope to accomplish over the year!  Create a “Meet Your Teacher” glog with all the makings of a fantastic glog (audio, video, links, graphics, images, documents) and not only let your new students get to know you and your teaching philosophies, but train them on HOW to create a glog of their own!  Send it out before school starts to your parents’ emails or post on your website for instant Day 1 assignment fun!

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At the start of this school year, I asked my parents and 2nd grade students to take photos of things they loved that filled them with joy and made them feel special.  They specifically had to try to spell their names with those things, looking for the letters in patterns, shapes, or designs.  They each took digital photos, uploaded them to a glog, wrote little  blurbs about why each item was special to them, and added songs, videos of themselves, and even links to their favorite sites!  We shared these throughout the first week and it truly set the tone for our school year.  The documents, videos, and links provided in my “training” glog eased the stress of learning a new tool for both parents and students alike.  This lesson brought a sense of togetherness between my families and myself and has sustained a sound, respectful, and open relationship throughout the whole year.

2.  Student of the Week

Every week our campus celebrates one student from each classroom who demonstrates exemplary conduct and leadership.  In my class, we celebrate by giving a Glogspot to that student!  Using Big Huge Lab‘s motivator tool , I create an inspriational poster of the student’s picture with an educational quote.  Then, all of the classmates have a chance to enter text into the Glog telling the student how he/she matters to them and why they are so deserving of the honor of “Alpha Wolf” (our student of the week title).  This is a special digital memento that students can add to their websites or print to frame.  It means the world to them and is one of the most popular uses of Glogster EDU in my classroom each year.

3.  Classroom Newletter

Tired of boring paper newsletter?  Do you want to create excitement at home with parents and students about all the wonderful learning opportunities happening in your classroom?  Do you WANT your newsletter to actually be read!?  Look no further than Glogster EDU!  This is a fun, interactive way to get newsletter information to your parents!  Post images, videos, audio, parent support links, homework assignments and more!  It is fun and much more visually appealing to click away and interact with a newsletter than to receive a paper or link to a digital paper than only needs to be read.  The feedback on this use has been very positive!  My parents and students look forward to the newsletters because they showcase images from our classroom, links to learning, student made work, videos, and more!  This is definitely a refreshing change of pass from the mundane newsletters of pre-technology days.

4.  Parent Support

Want to help your parents feel connected to the classroom and supported at home with informative training videos or documents that teach them how YOU are teaching their children so that there is consistency between home and school?  Create glogs that link, info, share, show, and facilitate parent support at home!  I have sent glogs to my parents on everything from fact fluency expectations, to the scientific method, to solving word problems, to tips on reading with your child and how to ask good comprehension questions.

5.  Principal’s Corner

Glogster EDU is a great way for administrators to connect in innovative ways with their staff, community, and parents.  Create a Principal’s Corner glog sharing ideas, links, information, photos and more!

6.  Classroom Frequently Accessed Sites

Set up a glog that houses all of the frequently used and accessed site for your classroom.  Embed the glog into your webpage or wiki and viola!  You have a one-stop place for your students to access every site needed on a daily basis.  No more saving shortcuts to desktops or sentence strips with links.

7.  Flipped Classroom

When students are absent, or YOU are absent, or when you need to spend more time helping your students work the work rather than learn the material in the initial lesson, flipping the classroom is all the rage!  With Glogster EDU is it as easy as 1-2-3 or click, embed, click.  Glogs allow for videos, links, audio, podcasts, information, interaction, and photos.  You can embed an entire week’s worth of lessons into one glog and have kids work at their own pace or on a schedule.

8.  Classroom Blogging

Engage your students in writing in a way that will give them purposeful and meaningful opportunities to write daily.  Have students set up a blog/glog!  Each student can create or use a pre-made template in which they can blog daily or weekly about their learning.  These can be submitted to you as a way of self-reflection and communication between reluctant students and you!

9.  Cooperative Learning Tool

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One of the best ways to help a child learn information on a deeper more meaningful level is to have them teach it to someone else.  Glogster is a great way for them to put together a lesson in one space that can be embedded into other sites for future use and reference.  Have students flipcam a video or do a paperslide, create images or take photos as visual aides, even record their lesson via Audacity or some other sound recording software, even provide problems and handouts.  They can also connect another glog template to the host glog and have students edit it as a response!  This idea is helpful when students are shy or nervous about teaching live in front of a class, but want to share their learning and ideas in a different way.

10.  Graphic Organizers

Create templates as graphic organizers and assign them to your students for them to fill out and submit back to you on a variety of topics from literary responses to scientific comparisons!

11.  Assessments

Give your students a digital version of a one-pager assessment!  The One-Pager is a creative writing strategy that can be used post-lesson as a way for students to organize information or review the content. Traditionally, students are given a plain piece of 8 ½” by 11” paper and asked to fill it up with elements from the reading such as quotations, definitions, charts, graphs, or anything else they feel is important information.  Students are able to use colorful markers, pens, or crayons, and they can be as creative as possible in their organization of information.  With Glogster EDU, students can create vibrant and interactive one-pagers and are more inclined to out-perform on these assessments as they motivate them to create and share more information than they might typically share with traditional assessments.

12.  Problem Solving Quests

Using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) type questions, have students utilize Glogster as a way to poster links, photos, videos, and explanations to solving these problems.  Use Glogster to set them up for success by linking them to Web 2.0 facilitated clues and instructions that guide them to information that they can peruse, synthesize, and share.

13.  Research

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This is a two-fold benefit!  As the teacher, you can create a glog filled with research information and links for your students to easily find and use.  But a more productive application could be to assign research topics to students and have them create their own resource glogs!  Imagine the powerful learning experience your kids could have if they are responsible for finding,  determining the validity and accuracy of information, and sharing what they discovered learning evidence for the planning and research stage of these types of projects.

14.  Biographies

Have your students research individual people of history, authors, or other significant figures and then collaboratively create a glog or series of glogs that showcase the biographical information they learned.

15.  TImelines

Have students create personal timelines, timelines or historical events, or science data over time using Glogster.  These timelines can be so interactive with photos, videos, interviews, soundbytes, and digital articfacts.  SO much more than a read-only paper timeline.

16.  Math Explanations

Create a template for math word problem justification responses and have students create a glog that uses photos, videos, audio, and writing as means to explain their thinking and how they solved the problem.

17.  Writing Practice or Assignments:

Tired of workbooks and worksheets for editing and revising practice?  Create a template for them to digitally fill in or complete.  They can easily submit them to you for grading and saves on paper!

18.  Infographics

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All the rage in education and business, infographics are a beautiful way to display graphs, data, processes, and synthesized information!  Teach this skill to your students and set them up for success both in education and future business endeavors!

19.  Scientific Experiment Results

Give your students the chance to really show off their understanding and scientific results by creating a glog that expresses their project!  It is a digital science fair project media!  Just think of the pride they will have as their peers interact with the photos, videos, audio, and links that enhance their projects results and solidify understanding.

20.  Spelling Patterns and Practice

Spelling tests or practice are no longer just paper and pencil activities.  Have students respond to an audio clip of you dictating or pronouncing the spelling words and have them type in the word!  It’s as easy as that!

21.  Social Studies Reports

Anytime students can respond to social studies learning through presentation and response the level of understanding is deeper and more meaningful.

22.  Comprehensive Body of Classwork

Connect a class set of glogs to a “host” glog that features their photos or names that link to their individual glogs.  It is a fabulous way create an online digital classroom display.  Parents and other classrooms can peruse all of the wonderful work your students create!

23.  Homework

Send glogs to your students with links, videos, audio, and photos as well as guided questions for them to answer!  It is a fun and exciting way to get kids to do their homework.  No more battle at home (except maybe to do more glogs!)!

24.  Scavenger Hunts

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Have students go on digital learning scavenger hunts across all curriculum and content! GIve little direction other than perhaps a pointed open-ended question and send them on the adventure.

25.  Community Service Projects

Get your community involved in your community service projects by creating interactive glogs that can send them to information about your cause, links to donate or volunteer, sign up for participation and so much more!  It is certainly impressive and worthy of the “word-of-mouth” publicity your community service project deserves.

26.  Art Gallery

Have students upload their artwork into a glog facilitated art gallery!  This is a great way for them to add commentary about their projects, the techniques being used, and even the historical impact of artists who pioneered the techniques!  This idea creates much more than a visually appealing gallery experience.  It becomes a digital interactive experience!

27.  Virtual Music Concert

Record songs and instrumental performances by your students and have them upload them into a glog that celebrates their talents through listener interaction!  Background information about the composer, singer, songwriter, or genre can be added to make the experience pleasant to the mind as well as the ear.

28.  Virtual FIeld Trips

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Level the playing field for your students who have limited life experience and trump the budget cuts by creating a glog that sends your students on a virtual field trip!  Travel around the world by embedding videos, images, and anecdotal information.  Make it collaborative by asking students to each contribute an element to the glog!  Do a cross-cultural collaborative glog by having a global classroom create a “You and Us” glog with your students to share cultural information!

29.  Health and Fitness demonstrations and activities

PE coaches this one is for you!  Want your students to be more active at home?  Create an exercise demo glog or challenge to get kids off the couch and up and moving!  They just click on videos of exercises or fun songs to dance to and you have instant motivation to exercise!

30.  Library Book of the Month

Celebrate the BOok of the Month for grade levels or your campus by showcasing the book, author, and illustrator with interactive features and even student-created book trailors!

31.  Library Monthly Recommended Reads or Book Trailors

LMSs this one is for you!  Set up a recommended reading list for grade levels or your campus using GlogsterEDU and you can provide your students with instant access to information about the books, authors, illustrators, genres, and even send them to each other’s book review!

32.  Community Outreach

Have a concern or a project that addresses a concern in the community?  Need to send information about your community outreach project?  Create an interactive glog filled with information, resources, ideas, opportunities for volunteerism or donations, and even personal stories of people who have been affected through the outreach focus.

33.  PTO

PTO, you are not left out either!  Create your PTO page using Glogster!  Links, videos, photos, newsletters, fundraisers, and more all at the viewers fingertips!  No more shuffling through loose papers or losing important documents.  Now your families can have access to all things PTO and campus-focused anytime they want!

34.  Resource Glog or Virtual Anchor Charts

Are your walls filling up with anchor charts and resources for your students?  Are they boring and lack-luster?  Create or have your students create resource glogs or virtual anchor charts to use in class or to share with other classes in a cooperative learning situation!

35.  Campus Contests

Promote your contests and link data and current standings to a fun and beautifully interactive glog!  Photos, documents and more create a competitive and motivating experience sure to make the contest quite the event!

36.  STAAR (State Assessment) Test Prep

Help students study and practice for your state standardized test by creating an interactive experience of study, practice, and productivity.

37.  Global Connections

Create glogs to introduce yourclass to global friends or have each student create a “Getting to Know Us” glog.  Exchanges can happen via file share, wikis, or any other interface capable of embedding this type of widget.

38.  VIrtual Science Lab

Create a digital science lab using glog by connecting students to experiments that are inaccessible or too dangerous to perform in the live lab.  Students can add responses to these experiments as a way to assess their learning and experience.

39.  Paperless Campaign

Did You Know

Visit http://iluvearth.wikispaces.com/Earth+Day%3F++Learn+About+It%21 to see how Glogster EDU was utilized in a paperless campaign for Seimen’s We Can Change the World Challenge national finalist project in 2010!

40.  Literary Global Collabortation Settings

Visit www.mymth.wikispaces.com , an award winning literary global collaborative project and see how Glogster EDU was used as a competition category as well as a staple of this project’s interactive features.

As gaming and gamification in the classroom hit their stride in the current of educational trends, I have designed my classroom and lessons around a living game experience.  Here are a few more applications for using Glogster in this type of scenario:

41.  Game:  Unlockables
42.  Game:  Clues
43.  Game:  Secret Codes
44.  Game:  Level Tutorials

I encourage you to explore and share more uses for GlogsterEDU.  If you or your district are interested in renewing or obtaining an EDU account, please use promo code 5E9515!  Happy Glogging!

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