We all know that a glog is a visually powerful tool, combining informative text with images and video to make the subject come to life. But did you know that 30% of the population are auditory learners, meaning that they engage with information best by listening? While some learners focus better on sounds than others, it is undeniable that we all have a powerful response to music, sound effects and the human voice. By adapting your glogs and glog assignments to include audio content as well as visual content, you will give learners a different way to shine, encouraging camera-shy students to take center stage and perhaps even unlocking musical and public speaking talents. Of course, the Glogster iPad application makes it easier than ever to record audio onto a glog wherever the idea finds you. Here are some easy ways to draw in auditory content as the final element to complete your glogs and attack learning from every angle.
Set the Scene
Music has a powerful effect on the brain, stimulating long-term memory storage and fighting fatigue or anxiety to increase productivity. The simple act of adding some background music to a glog could make sure that the information contained in it is recalled again and again! On a more personal level, setting the scene for a glog with content-relevant music and soundscapes can engage students on a whole new level – imagine reading information about the rainforest with the sound of birds in the background, or looking at photos of sea life while listening to rolling waves.
On the flip-side, encouraging learners to find appropriate music or sound effects for their own glog topics will increase sensitivity to creating atmosphere, as well as introducing learners to eye-opening eras and genres of music – think swing for a glog on the 1920s, spirituals for a glog on the slavery in the colonies, and dramatic symphonies for a glog on ancient mythology.
Give a Reading
When studying literature, reading out loud or listening to an audiobook can be an eye-opening (or ear-opening) experience. Words come to life in a whole new way when one is able to experience the interplay of sounds, and a text can take on a whole new meaning when spoken with feeling. Why not record learners reading different excerpts from poems, plays and novels, giving them some time to practice their delivery, then let them listen to one anothers’ glogs and comment on how the reading made them feel.
Not only will this activity improve presentation skills, but it will also allow learners of all ages a closer study of creative language, giving them another dimension from which to experience the written word.
Engage Visually Impaired Learners
We believe that Glogster is for everyone – of all ages and abilities. Of course, when considering how to involve differently-abled people in the Glogster experience, a key concern is that visually impaired learners get as much from glogs as their classmates. If you have visually impaired learners in your class, a glog is a great way to include audio elements in your resources, to keep everyone on the same page.
Try adding audio that describes the glog, recites any large blocks of text, and even uses creative sound-effects to give a richer sense of the glog’s content. For example, if your glog has pictures of animals, adding animal sounds as well will make sure that learners of all abilities have an engaging experience of the glog’s subject.
Whether you’re teaching vocabulary and grammar in your mother tongue, or instructing learners in a foreign language, glogs offer a fantastic chance for learners to practice their speaking and listening again and again. Recording snippets of languages alongside their written counterparts will help learners to pair sounds with letters and sharpen up their pronunciation, while encouraging students to transcribe or translate recorded portions will test them on key listening skills for life! The best thing about a language-training glog is that learners can listen again and again, engaging with the material in their own time.
To cause a real audio senstion, why not work together as a class to create a regular podcast-style presentation, using your learners’ skills in writing, talking, performing, creating sound effects and working as a team to create something really special. The topic of glogcasts can range from a weekly class newsletter to an ongoing dramatic production, but the one thing that is certain is that all your learners can find a way to add their own creative talents. Once you’ve recorded your glogcast, you can present it alongside photographs of your class creating it, as well as creative credits and extra information for each episode.
A glogcast is a perfect way to present your class’s knowledge, creativity and enthusiasm to their families. Once parents are aware that your glogcasts are available online, or embedded in emails, the ensuing excitement will become a vehicle for parents and students to connect over school work.
I’ve enjoyed coming up with this week’s ideas so much that I’m feeling inspired to go and make an audio-centered glog of my own! In the meantime, we’d love to see (and hear!) any of your own creations inspired by this post, as well as any unique uses for audio in glogs from your own classrooms.