Update: New Glogster EDU Improvements

Today we rolled out another group of enhancements to make navigation easier on Glogster EDU. Check out what’s new!

  • Tabs keep all your management features in one place, within easy reach. No more scrollling!
  • Tabs now show the number of items inside for quick stats.
  • If you’re an Ambassador, your tools are now located above the live chat support.
  • Improved speed — even faster loading of all Dashboard items.

  • Click on the Ambassador icon to open your “toolkit.”
  • Not an Ambassador? Become one today!

The Glogster EDU team is working hard on more exciting product enhancements which we will announce soon. Stay tuned!

Glogster is Yours!

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TCEA License Winners

Austin, Texas and TCEA = Fun. Traveling to Austin, Texas = Not so fun.

The weather in Austin was not as good as it was a couple weeks ago when I was in Orlando for FETC, but it sure was better than Boston! Having said that, being able to walk around without a jacket was pretty awesome.

I attended a few workshops when I was down there, and I even had the chance to take a few of our Glogster EDU Ambassadors out to dinner one night. We went to Iron Works BBQ, and it was a fun night out! I can’t forget to mention that booth 1657 was rocking all week long too. Thanks to all who stopped by and supported us.

We gave away 11 Teacher Premium Licenses and 1 School License at TCEA.

Drum roll, please…

The 5 Month Teacher Premium License winners are:
Virginia Holcombe
Amy Fletcher
Danna Kubacak
Rita Baca
Jackie Stall
Robin Spencer
Rosemary Martinez
Jackie Stall
Kayla Hoffpavir
Pam Beall
Kristin Dawson

The School Premium License winner is:
Sarah Pedroth

Congratulations to all who won! I’ll be contacting you soon with your free license codes.

See you next year, Austin.

Going to METC?

The Midwest Education Technology Conference (METC) is next week from February 13 – 15 in St. Louis, MO.  Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it to St. Louis, which is a bit disappointing because (among many other reasons, of course!) I would really like to visit Busch Stadium.  Fortunately, Glogster EDU will be well represented by one of our fantastic Ambassadors, Melanie Thompson!

METC

Melanie will be presenting Glogster EDU at two sessions: “Glogster EDU – Create Interactive Digital Posters – What’s New for 2012?” on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 2:20 pm and “Glogster EDU – Engage, Motivate and Create” on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 10:50 am.  She will be raffling off a Teacher Premium License at each session!

Other sessions I wish I could attend (and encourage you to attend in my absence):

  • “Integrate Technology By Expanding Your Toolkit” by Jill Badalamenti and Betsy Harrigan on Monday, Feb. 13
  • “Let’s Talk Webtools” by Paula Naugle also on Monday, Feb. 13.
  • “Research Remix” by Shannon Parker and Kate Meier on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 1:00 pm.
  • “Blogs, Wordles, and Glogs Oh MY!” by Julie Wankum and Jackie Remis on Wednesday Feb. 15 at 3:25 pm.

View or download the entire METC program here.

Anyone going to METC? Let me know in the comments. And don’t have too much fun without me!

PETE&C

PETE&C 2012

Don’t miss this year’s Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference: “Innovate…Collaborate…Educate” next week from Sunday, February 12 to Wednesday, February 15 2012.

This well-attended annual technology conference takes place at Hersey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

From the PETE&C website:

The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) is a statewide event that provides quality programs focused on technology in the educational field. Each year, hundreds of exhibitors showcase their latest technology products and services to the vast audience of teachers, administrators, technology directors, school board members and more. Monday and Tuesday mornings kick off with keynote speakers that will both educate and inspire you. Throughout the three days, you can attend concurrent sessions, keystone poster sessions and student showcases. There is something for everyone at PETE&C!

Our team will be busy attending eTech Ohio during this year’s event, but the program is jam-packed with informative Glogster EDU sessions nearly every day.

If you need added incentive to attend, we are GIVING AWAY one Premium License at each of the following Glogster EDU-related sessions:

Monday, February 13

2:45-3:45 – Traci Blazosky presents “Do the MASH…Tech Style” – Hotel Hersey/Tea House

3:40-4:45 – Laura Ann Naser presents “It’s a Web 2.0 World” – Hersey Lodge/Cocoa Suite 4/5

Tuesday, February 14

9:30-10:30 – Dave Mendell presents “Kick A#@ Collaboration” – Hersey Lodge/Empire B

2:30-3:30 – James Beeghley presents “Social Studies 2.0” – Hotel Hersey/Starlight East

Wednesday, February 15

9:15-10:15 – Ross Cooper presents “Project-Based Websites” – Hersey Lodge/Magnolia B

9:15-10:15 – Kathleen Scarpato presents  “Creating Connections, Virtually!”– Hersey Lodge/Cocoa Suite 1

10:30-11:30 – Raymond Pastore presents “Beyond PowerPoint: Online Presentation Tools” – Hersey Lodge/Empire D

Stop by any (or ALL!) of the sessions above to show your Glogster EDU LOVE!

View the full PETE&C program here

Are you going to PETE&C? Planning to stop by any of the sessions above? Tell us in the comments!

Make your textbook interactive with Glogster EDU

Guest post by Glogster EDU Ambassador Rositsa Mineva, a primary English Language Teacher from Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.

In Bulgaria, students start learning English at the age of 8, starting with basic speaking, reading, comprehensive listening, and writing.

When students are this age, they aren’t required to actually write vocabulary. Instead, students memorize words through repetition of new vocabulary, sentences, texts etc. Students need audio and visual aids as much as possible to help them with the learning process.

For a long time, I’ve been brainstorming some ideas on how to facilitate the self training of my students so they can continue to learn, both in and out of the classroom. I discovered that the best way to do this is by supplying them with more audio and visual aids to use at home and in the classroom. From this observation, the idea for a virtual classroom and interactive textbook was born.

Glogster EDU has helped a lot with both. On Glogster EDU, I made my virtual classroom with students. Using the variety of tools on the site,  I could make my textbooks interactive and share them with my students and colleagues (example 1), (example 2).

Making my textbook interactive was quite simple: I needed only to scan the pages of my real textbook as pictures (png, jpeg files), find audio files of my English lessons as mp3 files, find some interesting links in a connection with the topic and main aims of the lesson I was making interactive, and put them together on one page.

See the Glog below for an example.

It’s a fast, easy and fun activity which takes no more than 15 minutes to create. I compiled all units on a contest page.

I also put the link to my interactive textbook on the class wiki and connected it to my Skype information and the school website.

My students can no use their interactive textbook freely at home and listen to lessons and do exercises online. This improves my students’ reading and listening skills and makes learning more fun and engaging. It helps not only  students but parents as well.

Learn more about my internet classroom here.

 

Student-led Glogster EDU Tutorials

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Glogster EDU Ambassador Kristina Holzweiss showed us these Glogster EDU video tutorials led by one of her students, Jessie.

Let Jessie take you and your students through all the steps involved in making a Glog, from logging in to saving your work. Isn’t she great?

You can get in touch with Kristina through her website or Edmodo group #siutd6.

Thanks, Kristina and Jessie!

Award-winning Glogster EDU projects

Glogs have been catching the eye of educational award judges since their debut in 2007. If you’re looking for a creative, show stopping format for a contest entry or grant application, look no further than Glogster EDU!

Here’s a collection of Glog projects that have taken home the prize:

  • Students from Arrowhead Elementary in Broken Arrow, OK won $25,000 through the Classroom Connection program with their Glogster project. Read the article here.
  • Mary Carole Strother, teacher-Librarian and Bryce Kennaugh, second-grade teacher, from Finch Elementary School in McKinney, TX won the ISTE 2011 Innovation Award for their project using Glogster EDU, Maybelle the Cockroach.
  • Tracy Blazosky’s class website nominated for Best Educational Wiki in the 2010 Edublog Awards.
  • Greetings from the World, featuring Glogs from countries around the world, won Best Educational Wiki in the 2009 and 2010 Edublog Awards and was shortlisted in the same category in the 2011 Edublog Awards.

Glogster EDU has won its share of awards, too! Excuse us while we toot our own horn (just a bit):

  • Finished in 2nd place in the 2011 EduBlog Awards in the “Best Free Web Tool” category.

Vote for the 2011 Edublog Awards!

Update: Thanks to your support, Glogster EDU finished in second place! Thanks again to everyone who voted!

Glogster EDU is proud to be nominated for the 2011 Edublog Awards! We’re up for best free web tool.

Vote for Glogster EDU!CLICK HERE TO VOTE.

To vote for Glogster EDU, select “best free web tool” in the nominations category, and then select “Glogster.” You can vote once per day per category from the same IP address. If your school uses one IP address, make sure to remind your teachers and students to vote from home (or from their phones)!

Wondering who else to vote for? We’ve got a few suggestions:

To view all nominations and related links, check out this handy spreadsheet.

Don’t forget – you can vote once per day in each category. Vote as many times as you can before voting closes on 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday,  December 13th. Winners will be announced the following day.

Good luck, everyone! Go Glogster EDU!