By now you probably know the basics of Glogster, but perhaps you need a little inspiration to create the ultimate glog. As part of our ongoing drive to make Glogpedia the best resource it can be, we are bringing you a short series of blog posts addressing exactly this. Our content team is hard at work finding exemplary glogs amongst the thousands that you create and nominate every day – glogs with great content, an accessible layout, and serious visual appeal. This series will help you not only tick the right boxes, but also create an outstanding academic resource that can inform, entertain, and be used again and again by teachers and learners around the world.
The first question you need to ask yourself upon sitting down to create a glog will inform every other choice you make: What do you want to say, and how are you going to say it? Glogster is all about bringing together text and multimedia to tell a unique story, so the first guide in our series will outline the basics of putting that story together: filling a glog with informative text, appropriate media, and supportive citations.
A great glog tells a full story on a single page – whether that story is about the Civil War, a class experiment, a book you’ve enjoyed, or solving simultaneous equations. Therefore, before you start bringing media together, it’s important to know what your story will be. Try coming up with a question, to which your glog will provide the answer – for example, “what factors contributed to the outbreak of the Civil War?” or “how can I solve simultaneous equations in three easy steps?” Consider using subtitles to divide your information into accessible bit-sized chunks.
Once you’ve posed your question, it’s time to find the answers! Glogster harnesses the power of the internet as a research tool, making it easy to gather information from around the web. However, it’s important that you check your information very carefully as not all online sources are reliable! If you are directly copying information from a web page or book, ensure that you avoid plagiarism by putting the text in quotation marks and making a note of where you found it. Try to use as many of your own words, opinions and interpretations as possible, making your resource unique and well-thought through.
Once you are satisfied that your information is accurate and well-supported, it’s time for the final checks: spelling and grammar mistakes can give a poor first impression of an otherwise great glog, so take time to ensure that your writing is top-quality.
It’s well-known that a picture is worth a thousand words, but too much multimedia without a central purpose can make a glog disorganised and hard to read. Instead, select five or six key videos and images that compliment the information you are sharing. When selecting videos for your glog, watch through them carefully to ensure that they are relevant from beginning to end. It can be helpful to add captions to videos and images, explaining how they relate to the subject. Ensure that your images are high quality, and will look good when ‘zoomed’ in view mode. Try to choose some images that illustrate points in your text, such as diagrams and detailed photographs, as well as some that will grab readers’ attentions and set the scene.
Creating original audio, video and images is a great way to ensure that your media is unique and not violating copyright. Download Glogster for iPad to record media directly onto your digital poster, use the ‘Grab’ function in the online editor to record media via your webcam, or simply upload files from your hard drive. Ensure that all media not owned by you is taken from a copyright-friendly source, and is cited on your glog.
For a glog to be a truly useful resource for learners and teachers alike, it needs to be fully supported and cited. Use the resource we created with EasyBib to write a quick bibliography, referencing all non-original quotes, multimedia, and any resources you relied on in your research, then attach it to your glog.
Hyperlinks can also be added to your glog, giving readers a ready source of further information. Be creative with your links – add an aspect of fun to your glog by linking quizzes, games and other interactive resources relevant to your topic. A glog that is well-supported by relevant links will be seen as a more trustworthy source of information than one with no reference to the world of information surrounding it.
By paying attention to these guidelines and encouraging learners to abide by them, you will see the quality of content in your class’s glogs reach new heights, and contribute a worthy academic resource to the worldwide Glogster community. Tune in next week to learn how to arrange your top-quality content in a way that will please the eye and leave a lasting impression!