Earlier this year, we introduced our GlogStar program as a way of showing our appreciation for the glog creators around the world who use our tools to a truly exemplary standard. Now that our learners and educators are well and truly settled into the new school year, we thought it was high time that we introduce another group of outstanding gloggers, and find out a little more about them. This month our three top glogs are of particular importance, as they each share a crucial environmental message.
Alexandra Jordan, a fifth grade from Leon Springs Elementary, wowed us with a well-researched glog telling us all about the Dead Sea. “It was fun knowing that I could fix so much information onto a glog and have it look appealing,” Alexandra told us, and we certainly agree! There is a lot of text on the glog, but Alexandra’s impressive writing style keeps the reader hooked as she conveys facts about the salty Dead Sea and the ecological problems facing it. This stream of information is complimented by carefully selected and cited images of the sea itself, including one in which Alexandra has sneakily included herself in the scene! “I wanted to show people that the Dead Sea needs to be saved, and how we can help save it,” she explained. With these stunning visuals and a well-structured argument, we hear this important message loud and clear! Alexandra’s next glog will be a bit more personal, though no doubt just as vibrant, exploring the end of her 5th grade year, and her thoughts about Summer and graduating into Middle School.
Our next GlogStar is also a budding ecologist, with a green and verdant glog on the noble mountain gorilla. Eva Cliffe, a fourth grader from St Joseph’s Primary School Elsternwick, was thrilled to hear that she was a November GlogStar, and told us that she’s already working on her next glog, spreading the word about biodiversity. When Eva’s class was assigned a glog project on endangered animals, Eva knew what hers would be about: “I chose the Mountain Gorilla because I have heard about gorillas being poached and I wanted to find out more about them,” she told us. Her glog certainly bears testament to some thorough research, with facts about the gorillas’ habitat, diet and biggest threats. “I want people to recognise that Mountain Gorillas are being illegally killed and there are not many left in the wild,” she explained. Discussing why she enjoyed her project, she continued: “you can be creative and people can learn things at the same time.” We think that sums up Glogster perfectly!
Finally, Jaewon Lee, a Year Seven student at Citipointe Christian College, swept us away to China’s Three Gorges Dam with a very in-depth look at its environmental, economic and social impacts. Jaewon’s favorite subject is maths, and you can see a highly mathematical mind at work in this informative flow chart, mapping out how one effect leads to another. Jaewon appreciated both the form and function of the Glogster app, telling us that “It was very easy to get photos on to the glog, and also there were many designs of text boxes that I could choose from.” The resulting glog is beautifully color-coded, with red boxes representing negative impacts and green ones representing positive effects. And if you thought this was impressive, wait until you hear about Jaewon’s next plan: “I will use this app to create a concept plan for my redesign of the internal road on our school campus.”
We are thrilled to have an insight into these inspiring young minds at work, and we would like to heartily congratulate each of our November GlogStars, not only on their exceptional use of the Glogster tool, but also on raising awareness about our planet and how we can work together to protect it!