This post is the final installment of an ongoing series, building on Glogster Ambassador Joli Barker’s featured post from 2013, and updating her great ideas with the Glogster iPad app in mind. We have already looked at fresh ways to innovate in the classroom, with homework, and in our communications.
This week, we’re taking a look at unique ways to show off students’ work to parents, each other, and the wider school community. There are many reasons to celebrate our students’ achievements, whether academic, creative, sporting or personal – and now with the Glogster iPad app, there are just as many ways to take pride in our students and display their skills and successes in a way that compliments their own creativity.
Student of the Week
In Joli’s original post, she tells us how creating a glog spot to recognize a particular student’s achievements each week “means the world to them and is one of the most popular uses of Glogster EDU in my classroom”. We know how important it is to make students of all ages feel special when they go above and beyond expectations, and the idea of doing this via a glog that can be viewed at home by proud parents is certainly appealing.
With the iPad application, however, this tribute can be made even more personal – why not capture a quick photograph of your student’s outstanding efforts, or even use the iPad to record video clips of classmates discussing what they like best about the student of the week? An interactive testimonial to great character is something that a student can cherish throughout the year, not to mention a great motivator for continued good behavior!
Whether a student’s artistic skills lie in painting and sculpture, digital art, or just coming up with great ideas, there’s a little bit of an artist in everyone. A Glogster art gallery is a brilliant way to show the whole class’s unique artistic talents, in a way that makes the artwork come alive. Joli states, “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!” Indeed, a glog is the perfect canvas to combine visually appealing art with informative text, creating a real art gallery experience.
The portable nature of the iPad gives gallery glogs even more scope – from enormous sculptures and murals to outdoor installations, the iPad’s camera allows art to be captured from every angle. Furthermore, artists can use the iPad app to gather inspiration for their artworks in their daily lives and create a sketchbook glog showing the ‘behind the scenes’ process for each piece of art in the gallery.
Whether your class is made up of adorable kindergarteners lisping through their holiday recital or serious music students composing their own pieces, or anywhere between the two, Glogster is a great way to take something as intangible as a song, and allow people to enjoy it again and again. Use the iPad app to directly record audio and video of student performances, and present them alongside information about the song and composer – you could even include lyrics, allowing families to sing along at home!
And with Christmas just around the corner, a musical glog would make for a fantastic digital class greeting card. Just record a video of your students singing a festive song, decorate it with photos of seasonal fun, and send it to parents and staff members instantly, direct from your iPad!
Joli shared a fantastic idea for involving Glogster in PE: “Create an exercise demo glog or challenge to get kids off the couch and up and moving!” While a teacher-created active glog for students to use at home is a brilliant idea, it could be even more exciting for students to each create a glog showing off their own physical skills to classmates.
Challenge them to take their iPads home with them and show off a skill they’re proud of – because the app allows students to glog wherever they are, even without internet, these skills can range from shooting hoops on the basketball court to doing somersaults on the trampoline – it’s up to your students entirely! They can accompany their demonstration video with ‘how to’ instructions and links for more information, ensuring that learners exercise their brains as well as their bodies!
Comprehensive Body of Classwork
This bright idea works with any of the above glogs, or any other project work that you think deserves to be recognized! Simply create a central ‘host’ glog with students’ names or pictures, which link to their best glogs. This could be updated weekly, monthly, or whenever a student has a particular glog that they’re keen to show off. Make sure that parents are linked to the host glog via newsletters, so that they can regularly check for updates!
With the iPad app, it’s easier than ever to quickly copy and edit your host glog, making a new index for each new project, topic or season, ensuring that at the end of the year you will have a collection of your students’ best glogging work, available for you, your learners, or their families to remember again and again.
We hope that you have enjoyed this series on iPad app innovations, and that you’ve been inspired with some new ideas for utilizing Glogster in – and outside of – your own classroom, via the iPad app. If you’ve created a glog based on one of the ideas in the series, or if you have your own innovations that you’d like to share, please get in touch via Facebook or Twitter!