Start School in Style – All About You

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The first day back at school is always a hectic one, with learners getting to grips with new schedules, new classmates, new locker combinations, and sometimes new campuses. If there’s one thing you want them to take away, amidst all the manic hustle and excitement, what is it? Perhaps you want to connect with each member of your new class on a personal level, reassuring them that you are a real person who can be a trusted mentor. Perhaps you want to show them how engaging and interactive your classes can be, getting them excited for future lessons. Or perhaps you want to discuss individual personality, ambition and learning style, and how you can all work together to make this year amazing. What better way to cover all three bases than with an interactive multimedia introduction? Use photos, videos and music to capture student attention, present yourself and your interests, and encourage learners to share information about themselves! With Glogster’s new personal product for mobile, you can build a glog on the go this summer, adding personal touches such as photos and videos from your vacations.

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Start School in Style – Organization

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Let’s face it, some people are just better at being organized than others. Our students are certainly proof of that, with some taking great pleasure in writing to-do lists and others mumbling homework excuses every single morning. A lot of the time educators attempt to solve these problems by incentivizing organization, offering neon-colored week-planner notebooks and rainbow fine-line pens, in hopes that learners will become excited about color-coding their notes and keeping their files in order. For us adults however, organizational tools lose their appeal all too quickly, often leaving us knee-deep in chaos and deadlines. In the second installment to our stress-free back-to-school series, we explore how Glogster can help you lay out your lesson plans, schedule and more, with enough colour and creativity to help you get excited about planning ahead!

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Start School in Style – Teaching Philosophy

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This is the first of four blogposts designed to take you smoothly into the 2015-1016 school year, one great glog at a time. While learners are fussing about first day outfits, covering their textbooks and decorating their lockers, we educators have slightly different priorities – namely, getting off to the best possible start with our new class, and building relationships that will nurture learning and engagement throughout the year. We hope that with our ideas on back-to-school glogs for you, your learners and their families, you will find some inspiration and ease the transition from summer to September!

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DIY your PD with Glogpedia

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Over here at Glogster HQ, summer is reaching extreme temperatures, making poolside relaxation with a cold drink more tempting than ever, and fretting about September’s impending challenges seem almost impossible. However, taking a look at our recent Glogpedia nominations, we have to admit that many educators already have their minds firmly on the next school year – glogs on lesson planning, note taking and educational psychology have been popping up more frequently than ever before, giving us some great insight into the passion and drive of Glogster educators. While we fully endorse a well-deserved summer break for our hard-working family of teachers, we accept that you can’t always switch of the teaching side of your brain. So, whether you are facing September with excitement, trepidation, denial or a mix of all three, these spectacular PD glogs will keep your teaching minds sharp and put your summer minds at ease! Continue reading

Hooray for Homeschool!

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We love talking about how the Glogster mobile app supports learning in the classroom, at home, and beyond – but what about those of us for whom home and the classroom are the same place? Homeschoolers make up approximately 3.4% of the US school-aged population, and benefit from individually tailored lessons, as well as the freedom to take their learning with them, wherever they go. While Glogster is most commonly used as a classroom tool, our philosophy identifies very strongly with the homeschool learning style, and the recent addition of a personal account option to our mobile platform makes it easier than ever for homeschool students and educators to incorporate glogs into their learning and teaching. Here are two quick ideas for homeschool-friendly glog projects, allowing learners to create personal records of their learning and share their progress with family and friends.

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The Summer of Digital Postcards

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As an interesting article explained this week, learners are far more likely to engage with information when it is relevant to their own lived experiences. Moulding our teaching to fit learners’ lives makes it more important than ever to gain as much information as we can about those experiences at the very beginning of the year. Fortunately, the new school year follows some of young people’s most impressive and lasting experiences – the summer holidays! Some learners are lucky enough to travel during the vacation, taking in new facts in extraordinary new places. Others are rediscovering more familiar scenes, exploring their neighbourhoods in whole new ways. From family trips to summer camp to lazy days in the park with friends, no two learners’ summer experiences are quite the same. That’s why this is the perfect time to plan the first glog project of the next school year – a summer vacation report!

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America’s Librarians are Loving Glogster!

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We are very proud to announce that the Glogster iPad application has been chosen by the American Association of School Librarians as one of 2015’s best apps for teaching and learning. It is a fantastic honour to have all the hard work and passion that has gone into the app recognized, and our representatives are excited to be receiving the award in person at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco this weekend.

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Glogster’s Summer Makeover: New Pages

glogster_new_pages If you’ve been checking out Glogster lately, you may have noticed one or two differences. A lot of educators like to make little changes here and there over the summer. Whether it’s a new teaching wardrobe, a bit of DIY around your home, or some fun new posters and resources for next year’s classroom, nothing says “out with the old and in with the new” like a bit of a makeover. With that in mind, Glogster has made a few additions itself lately, improving the homepage with a helpful how-to section as well as giving you the low-down on Glogpedia nomination. Continue reading

Glogster News: Coming to a Conference Near You!

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Now that the school year is over, you may be thinking about some summer travel plans. We’ve certainly been thinking along those lines, and are proud to be appearing at three summer conferences in three very different places over the coming weeks:

ITO Troitsk in Moscow, Russia from June 24 – 25

ISTE in Philadelphia, PA from June 28 – July 1

ALA Conference in San Francisco, CA from June 25 – 30

If you’re looking for some fresh inspiration, we’d love for you to drop by and ask us about all the new developments we have in store for you!

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The Ultimate Glog Guide – Design

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This is the third and final post in our series of comprehensive guides to creating top-quality content. Our Glogpedia editors have found some great resources lately, incorporating our recent tips on content and layout, and we’re looking forward to seeing plenty more in the coming weeks!

By now, you should have gathered some great multimedia content, and arranged it in an easy-to-follow format. In a way, you’ve already created a fully functional glog, built to inform and inspire. Without instant visual appeal, however, readers won’t give it a second look! We are all guilty of judging books by their covers, so why should online resources be any different? What you need now is some subtle touches to visually tie your glog together, giving an instant overall impression of something polished, professional and well thought-through.

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Guest Post: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words (and More)

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This guest post was written for us by Cynthia Lieberman, the Co-founder of CyberWise.org CyberWise have recently paired up with us to create some fantastic Digital Citizenship resources, and Cynthia is here to tell us more about the inspiration behind them:

“What I hear, I forget;
What I see, I remember;
What I do, I understand.” 
– Old Chinese proverb

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

Never has this maxim been more true. People of all ages are struggling with information overload in epic proportions, and that’s why visual tools and apps that relay info in a fast, digestible and easy format– like YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat –are on the rise.

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