Introducing your New Design Elements – Part 1

As well as providing a more stable and speedy online glogging experience, the recent Glogster system update has added a library of 10,000 original graphics to your online Glogster experience. These graphic sets are premium content, reserved for paid accounts. However, to celebrate their release we are making the images available to all users including free accounts for a limited period of time.

Categorized by topic, these design elements include walls, frames for images, text boxes, audio and video players, and stand-alone graphics. They are the most simple and striking way to add subject-specific flair to any glog, and because they’re designed by us for you and your students, you can use them again and again without worrying about copyright or citations.

To use the new graphics, all you have to do is click the ‘add’ button at the top of your glog, and explore the text, graphics and wall tabs. You will see a list of categories under each tab, covering 15 educational topics and packed with exciting graphic elements. To add a frame, audio or video player, simply click on the image, audio or video tabs, select media from your own files or from around the web, and then click “add frame” or “add player” under the media preview thumbnail to open the graphics menu.

Every Friday over the next few weeks we will be introducing our new graphic sets for each topic, and giving you some inspiration for how to use these diverse and dynamic designs in your own glogs. We’re kicking off the excitement this week on the scientific side of things:

Math

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This quirky graphic set mixes up mathematics and lets equations loose… Nothing is quite as it seems, with number eight growing wings and number nine being eaten by a monster! With an accompanying set of numerals and functions in the same style, mathematics will truly come to life in your glogs, inspiring students to take a closer look at the subject and see that it’s not so scary after all – although perhaps the number nine would disagree!

Physics

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These cheerful physics graphics not only add a hand-drawn cartoonish sense of sun to physics glogs, but actually help to explain and illustrate scientific theories! With useful equations and physical symbols integrated into the images, these fun representations of everything from energy to earth science will make physics glogs unforgettable.

Chemistry

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Our chaotic chemistry graphic set has a blue and green theme and an energetic approach to everything from chemical symbols and structures to experiments and equipment. Graphics such as gloves, goggles, broken test tubes and bottles of poison serve as a fun and friendly reminder of hazards and safety precautions in the lab. Writing up a science report just got a whole lot more exciting!

We hope that you enjoy exploring our new design elements online and via the iPad app, and can’t wait to see the unique glogs that you create with them! Make sure to tune in next Friday for Part 2, introducing more great graphics.

System Update and Attachment Issues

As some of you may have noticed, the online Glogster platform is currently experiencing some temporary issues with attached files. This is due to a general system update in conjunction with the iPad application release and our ongoing mission to give users the most up-to-date and enjoyable Glogster experience possible.

While the end result of this update will be a faster and more stable experience, it does mean that for a short time the function allowing users to attach files to a glog via the paperclip icon on the top right of the canvas will not be available.

The Glogster team is aware of this issue, and is taking it very seriously. We are working to resolve it as a matter of top priority, meaning that the attachment feature will be restored – and your entire Glogster experience improved – within a month. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused, and reassure you that your attached files are still on the system and linked to your glogs, and will be once again accessible as soon as the system issues have been resolved.

We thank you for your patience and understanding while we work on restoring the attachment function, and hope that you continue to enjoy your updated Glogster experience.

Announcing the Hometown Glog Contest Winner

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“Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Nobody knows and loves a place like the people who call it home, so a few months ago we asked our Glogster users to tell us all about their hometowns via pictures, text, audio, video and links in the Glogster Hometown Contest.  

We had a fantastic response, with 500 submissions giving captivating insights into the hometowns of gloggers around the world, all competing for a prize of $1000.

The glogs were judged based on informational value, use of media, structure and functionality, as well as overall appearance and experience. There was a very high standard of entries, showcasing great glogging know-how as well as a lot of hometown pride.

Now as summer comes to an end and many of you will be returning from vacation to the comforts of your homes, it is time to reveal to you the top hometown glog. The Glogster team have had a great time getting acquainted with your hometowns and enjoying your unique perspectives, but there can only be one winner…

And the winner is Nathanael Brathwaite with:

London

http://nbrathwaite.edu.glogster.com/london/

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Congratulations to Nathanael Brathwaite from Olympia High School Orlando, the winner of the Hometown Glog Competition, who impressed judges with his rich color scheme, dazzling images and mouth-watering facts about English food. An exploration of attractions in the city center as well as some in the surrounding area, such as Brighton Beach and Legoland, make this glog a coherent and truly interactive travel guide, and a unique view of Nathanael’s hometown.

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“The best thing about making the glog was being able show where I come from, my culture and history,” says proud winner Nathanael, “I plan on putting some of the prize money into my savings and donating the rest to a children’s cancer organisation, because I know what it’s like to lose someone to cancer and I hate to see kids not smiling.”

Here is a selection of runner-up glogs from around the world, demonstrating local pride and great glogging know-how. We hope that you enjoy exploring them as much as we did!

Novigrad

http://lindabaissero.edu.glogster.com/my-hometown-novigrad-2136/

This glog from the Croatian coast is just bursting with beautiful images, from useful maps to tempting turquoise seascapes to lots of examples of local delicacies. This glogger also made the most of our graphics, with the seabird stickers and parchment theme holding everything together.

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Fort Worth

http://ruizleslie.edu.glogster.com/htglogcontest/

This very patriotic glimpse of Fort Worth is unmistakably Texan – it includes cowboys, BBQ ribs, and even a video with a Country and Western soundtrack. We particularly liked the red, white and blue colour scheme and the directions from the airport.

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Sebree

http://graciousmadandsarah.edu.glogster.com/sebree-ky/

This small-town glog from Kentucky shows a lot of in-depth knowledge about the history of Sebree, expressed with true local pride and a lot of striking images. We loved the background made from a local map, not to mention the idea of a pharmacy with a soda fountain!

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As you can see, the Hometown Glog Contest has yielded some beautiful and informative results, showcasing what can be achieved when Glogster and hometown pride come together. The Glogster team extends hearty congratulations to our prizewinner and runners up, and a big thank you to everybody who shared their homes with us – keep an eye out for future contests and ways to show us your glogging skills.

The Very Best of the New iPad App

ipad_nwlAs the launch date of our brand new iPad app is fast approaching, we have received enthusiastic feedback from the teachers who participated in the app pilot program. The participants’ excitement with the application’s functionality exceeded all our expectations.

Part of the feedback showed some misunderstanding concerning the development and purpose of the new iPad application. Some users thought that the new app is a mere upgrade of our older social networking application which was intended and limited purely for social interaction.

Like an iPhone vs Pager
We would like to clarify that the upcoming app is a completely new product built from scratch, and for a different purpose to the older one. If the old app was like a pager, the new application is like the latest iPhone. The old app served its purpose, which was simply viewing glogs, just fine. The new one is primarily focused on educational needs of teachers, schools and whole districts, and has been created in anticipation of the exponential growth of the use of electronic devices in education.

iPad Experience vs Web Version 
You will find all functions of the Glogster EDU platform tightly and intuitively integrated in the new iPad app, including the Glogpedia™ library. In addition to this you get Webpicker – the new integrated Web browser. With this new tool, adding new content is a matter of simply searching and dragging text, photos and videos onto your glog. This means that you can take the whole Glogster experience with you wherever you go, and create your glogs faster, more easily and with a lot more fun. Simply put, the app is a massive enhancement of the desktop Glogster EDU platform.

Original Graphics
We have also designed over 10,000 new graphic elements created exclusively by Glogster for you to use with no worries about copyright issues. Categorized by subject, you can use these high-quality graphics for any type of content. And yes, they are all free to use to your heart’s content. 

Languages
On top of these new features, the app will integrate into your English, Spanish or Czech system language. But of course we don’t want to stop here, so expect more languages to be added gradually.

We believe the new Glogster™ iPad app will elevate the educational process to a new, truly exceptional digital learning experience.

Introducing the Glogster Professional Development Program

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So you’ve enjoyed using Glogster in your classroom, and you’re ready to take the next step? Or perhaps you’ve just discovered the platform and you want to know all the tips and tricks…

The Glogster team now offers an Online PD Training and Certification Program, allowing our community of users to gain a standard of proficiency in teaching with glogs. We are keen to keep in close contact with our worldwide family of educators, and through this program we can communicate directly with our valued customers, and ensure that they are getting the very best from their Glogster™ experience.

Over the course of a 60 minute conversation, our qualified trainers will walk you through the Glogster™ experience from start to finish via screen-sharing. The session will include proper use of administrative tools, manipulating media to create a high quality glog, and options for sharing your completed content. As an added bonus, we are now able to screen-share our upcoming iPad app and talk you through its functions in preparation for the imminent release. We also encourage you to use this opportunity to ask your own questions about any aspect of the Glogster experience.

At the end of the session, participants will be asked to demonstrate what they’ve learned by presenting the information back to their trainer. After we have viewed and approved your presentation, you will receive a training certificate showing that you can glog to a professional standard and introduce Glogster to students and colleagues with confidence and expertise.

We are already completing 30-40 training sessions each week. Due to the enthusiasm of users in our pilot program, we have now increased our number of qualified trainers to cope with the demand, and we’re ready to offer the certification program to all Glogster users.

Training and certification are free for Glogster Ambassadors and VIP customers (one educator per licensed school) as well as active standard license-holders who have negotiated with our account managers and who wish to continue cooperation with Glogster. Otherwise, users can complete the training for a fee of $180. To check if you qualify for free PD training and certification or VIP membership, don’t hesitate to contact us at sales@glogster.com or +1-888-702-4106.

So if you’re ready to take your Glogster™ experience to the next level, sign up for our Professional Development Training and Certification here and join our family of Glogster Certified Trainers.

iPad Application Release FAQs

newl_ipad_pic_largeThe buzz around the iPad app is growing, with a fantastic response to our recent preview post and excited messages from educators eager to learn more about the app and its release. We have pulled together your most commonly asked questions from blog comments and answered them all together in this comprehensive guide:

How much will the iPad app cost?
We are pleased to announce that the iPad application will be included as an enhancement of our standard paid license, providing new and existing users with extra value at no extra cost. This means the app will be free to download in the App Store, but upon installation it will require users to log in via a standard Glogster account in order to access the full complement of features.

We recommend checking that your license provides sufficient slots for every intended user, both teachers and students.

Will the iPad app be available to users without a license?
Currently, the application is not intended as a standalone product, but is only available as part of a paid license plan. Those who download the app without an account will be able to view the Glogpedia library without logging in, but will be unable to access the full complement of features.

When will the iPad app be released?
The Glogster team are all working hard to optimize the system and have the best possible user experience ready for September. Within a few days the app will be submitted for approval to the App Store, after which it will be available for download. All users with an active paid license will then have full access.

Will the iPad app be available as part of the 7-day free trial?
Yes. All functions of the full version of our product will be available during the trial, including access to the iPad app. Once the trial period has expired, only the Glogpedia browser will be available on the iPad, and you will be prompted to subscribe to the full version or continue with the free version.

Will Glogster be available for Android tablets?
Creating an Android application will be the next big project for the Glogster Team once the iOS App has been launched.

If you have any further questions about the upcoming app or any aspect of your user experience, do not hesitate to contact the Glogster Team via Twitter, Facebook or our customer care line: +1-888-456-4748

7-Day Trial Period [UPDATE]

In relation to ongoing product enhancements and our upcoming iPad app, we are releasing an update that changes the free trial period to seven days.

Up until now, users signing up for our service have been automatically given a 31-day trial, offering all the features of a paid account. While we are still keen to let new users try out everything Glogster has to offer – including use of the iPad app – we have cut this decision-making period down to seven days in order to ensure that paying customers continue to receive an optimum service.

The limitation will only affect new sign-ups; all current accounts with trial days remaining will retain those days despite the update.

This update is part of the general changes we are making to Glogster™ products, maintaining the best possible user experience for new and long-term subscribers alike – to learn more about the process, read here.

If you have any queries about changes to the sign-up process, don’t hesitate to contact us at: +1-888-702-4106

The First Glimpse of the Glogster iPad App

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Our long-awaited app is in the final stages of beta testing, and the release date is approaching quickly. The Glogster team is hard at work ensuring that all our great new features are available to users in perfect working order as soon as possible. We can’t wait to share the finished product with you, but for now we can proudly show you the first ever images of our all-new iPad interface.

Home screen

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The sleek home screen allows you to view, share and edit your own glogs, create new content, or browse the Glogpedia library, all with a simple touch. Tap the thumbnails to access and edit information about your glogs, or open them in the editor. Saving a finished glog or work in progress will return you to this screen and seamlessly sync your edits with your online account.

The Webpicker

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The integrated Webpicker feature allows you to easily drag media onto your canvas from our preset Youtube, Google Images, Google Video and Khan Academy bookmarks, or anywhere else on the web via the search function. Instant access to photos, videos and text from around the internet, without the hassle of uploading files or copying URLs, gives your glog limitless possibilities.

Glogpedia

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The Glogpedia browser puts knowledge from classrooms around the world at your fingertips. An easy-to-navigate menu makes it quicker than ever to get the information and inspiration you need, from templates and lesson planning materials to exemplary student glogs on history, science, math, languages, art and more.

We hope that you enjoy and share this preview of great things soon to come – keep an eye on our Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook pages for more updates.

Slot Management [UPDATE]

We have pushed out an update which brings changes to the usage of student accounts.

Until now students who had inactive accounts could create, edit and delete glogs. Permitting this for inactive students, however, caused excessive demand for storage on our servers which exceeded the scope of intended use of the Free license. Also, there were cases of misuse of this function, i.e. when active student accounts were set to inactive to replace them with active students without paying for extra slots.

For these reasons, as well as to reserve student slots and storage for our paying customers, inactive student accounts will no longer be able to create, edit or delete glogs for the duration of inactive status.

On expiration of a paid or trial license, accounts usually switch to the inactive status. This happens when the total number of student accounts exceeds the number of paid slots, or the number of available slots, within the Free license.

Further limitation of the Free license is the restricted use of “Manage active/inactive students” feature which is now available one time only.

The above mentioned changes also apply to the upcoming iPad application which will be available only to accounts in the active status.

As part of this announcement, we urge all users and administrators to check if their licenses include sufficient active slots for their students. For help with changes in your accounts and more information, please, contact Customer Care or your Sales Representative.

General Sales Line: +1-888-702-4106
General Customer Care Line: +1-888-456-4748

Multiple Logins Under One Account [UPDATE]

We have released an update which resolves an issue of multiple logins under one account. From now on, the system allows only one login with a particular nickname and password at a time. If someone logs in with the same nickname, all previous sessions are automatically closed.

The multiple login was never a regular feature and had been allowed for quite some time because it was not being abused. However, this has changed as we are now seeing an increasing number of users who have avoided setting up regular accounts, instead logging in as a group under one username. This is affecting our paying subscribers by placing an unforeseen strain on our system and also exposing accounts to potential unauthorized access.

Releasing this update is a step forward in terms of enhancing system stability, users’ protection, and ensuring the best possible experience for all our paying customers.

Thank you for your understanding.

Limitation Of The Free Product Has Begun

As of this week we are officially starting the limitation of our free product. The process began yesterday with closing our free social networking site Glogster.com for new registrations to avoid Glogster.com being misused and confused with Glogster EDU and will continue with further steps in order to update the free version of Glogster EDU so it meets current SaaS standards, leaves less room for unlawful use of our services and therefore makes for a better user experience for our paying customers.

The above mentioned steps will be announced as we move forward.

To discuss a Glogster EDU solution for your district or school please contact us at: +1-888-702-4106