The $1000 Glog Contest is Growing Fast!

Hundreds of Teachers Have Entered To Win $1000 Before December 15th! 

It’s been a wild ride at Glogster for the past week. Since we launched our $1000 Glog Contest, we’ve had nearly a thousand submissions from Glogster EDU Teachers all over the world!

How Can I Enter? 

To enter, all you need to do is to TAG your Glogs with this tag: GlogContest2013. Here is a Glog that explains how: 

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School Administrators: Time to Switch to the NEW Admin Dashboard!

It’s Time to Make the Switch!

As some school administrators may have noticed in the past few months, we’ve been making the new Administrator Dashboard and Tools available to School licenses as a new option. As the new Admin tools are perfected, it’s almost time to make the switch for those Administrators still using the original Glogster EDU Admin Dashboard.

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 Why the Switch? 

In response to the needs of our users, we have developed a new set of Administrator Tools that make handling the large volumes of students and teachers in School Licenses easier, faster, more efficient, and more reliable. While our original Admin Dashboard was based upon the Teacher Dashboard, many of our school administrators found that it fit the needs of a teacher better than those of a school administrator. Even in the cases where a teacher also administrates a School License, the new Admin Dashboard differentiates the work of an administrator and that of a teacher, so that the user will now see a clear difference between acting as an Admin, and as a normal Teacher.

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The NextGen Glog Is Now Fully Replacing the Classic Glog

Creation of New Classic Glogs Will Be Unavailable Starting This Week

As you are probably aware, some time ago we introduced the NextGen Glog Editor as a successor to the original Classic Glog Editor. This was done to allow Glogster EDU to continue providing the latest and best tools to our millions of teachers and students on any device or operating system.

Beginning this week, for all registered users of Glogster EDU, it will no longer be possible to create new Classic Glogs. Previously created Classic Glogs will still be available. However, it is highly recommended that users not adapt previously created Classic Glogs, or employ Classic Glogs for Projects.

What’s going to happen to my Classic Glogs?

We know that many teachers on Glogster EDU have invested considerable effort and time in creating incredible content, and many students likewise have poured their creative energies into Glogster EDU, creating a legacy of amazing Classic Glogs that stretches back nearly 4 years, numbering now in the TENS OF MILLIONS of Glogs.

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Glogster EDU Launches Home Edition!

What is Home?

Over the past 3 years, the Glogster Team has watched education technology become a revolution in the way that we think about the roles of teachers and students. As technology and society continue to change more and more rapidly, the role filled by the traditional school system has had to change too, as we discussed deeply in our recent Ebook: Connect to the Revolution.

Another big change that’s been occurring, especially in the United States, is a resurgent interest in Homeschooling. In about a decade, the number of homeschooled students in the US has more than doubled, with the percentage of students primarily learning at home increasing to about 3% of all American students, meaning that today over 2 million American students are homeschooled. And the trend shows signs of speeding up, as learning resources become more affordable, and more accessible to parents and communities outside the public school system.

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Information about the Switch from Classic to NextGen Glog

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Glogster EDU has begun the move from creating Glogs using the Classic Glog editor, to the NextGen Glog Editor. This post contains answers to some common questions about the switch. 

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What’s the Reason for the Switch?

The Classic Glog editor was originally written in a programming script that Adobe, the company that created Flash has stopped supporting. Why is that important? Well, in order to run anything based on Flash, which is a graphics platform that many hundreds of thousands of online applications are based on, including Glogster, it is necessary for Flash to be installed on the user’s computer and browser. It appears that when you edit or save a Glog, you are doing so “at Glogster EDU,” but in fact, the program that you are using is one that is installed on your computer. Glogster EDU sends that program a special code: a “script,” telling that program how to run, and that program sends back the data that you create to be stored on our servers.

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Your Searches Are Now Secure, With Glogster EDU Safe Search

As noted in a previous blog post on the topic, filtering mechanisms for safe searching is a necessity in education. Glogster EDU searching has never been easier or safer for  Google images and Youtube videos. You can access the new safe search options from the Tools menu in our nextgen Glog to find images and videos for new Glogs.

Your student’s security is a responsibility and our priority.

Search safely and confidently for content for your Glogs. These new search features will decrease not only the amount of time it takes to create a Glog, but will ensure a pleasurable, safe experience for you and your students.


An Image and/or Video Search includes an internal Keyword Filter for both Youtube and Google, which prevents users on GlogsterEDU from entering a word from a list of “forbidden words.”

Searches containing any of these words will return no results. This list will continue to be updated, to make sure inappropriate content will be blocked.

-Your Glogster Team

Is There a Safe Way to Connect With your Students Online?

In The Beginning: Web 1.0

 When I was a teenager, back in the roaring 90’s, education and the internet weren’t concepts that went comfortably together. The internet had then progressed from a hobby reserved for rocket scientists and ham-radio enthusiasts, into a disreputable underworld of blond-jokes and conspiracy theorists. Many of my teachers actively loathed the concept of their students logging onto “The Information Superhighway,“ as we then called it, and surfing a dangerous sea of newsgroups and forums- all of it anonymous, none of it trustworthy. And parents worried for their children’s safety online. They were sure we would learn things from the internet, but they were also sure that we would learn things we shouldn’t know.

Then came the pioneers. A few of my teachers had Geocities websites. It was a big step forward, but communication was always one way. Teachers could post assignments, and required reading, but they couldn’t interact with us directly. It was very Web 1.0. Teachers started allowing students to research online, but usually demanded that projects include: “real citations,” from actual books in the school library.

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A New ERA of Glogster EDU is here with the Next-Gen Glog tool, Glogpedia content library and Re-Glog

Glogster EDU is committed to living our mission every day to be, and remain, the No.1 creative learning platform that truly impacts and changes education.

Lets take a sneak peak at the newest developments…

The Next-Generation Glog with mobile HTML5 view (we call it G3)

After more than 20,000,000 Glogs were created using our 2nd Generation Glog tool (we call it “Classic Glog”), we’ve empowered a whole new process of creation that is simpler and faster, with drag&drop technology, but even more enjoyable.

With the Next-Gen Glog you don’t have to leave the creation process to access and search media. You can now search the Web or connect to your library on Flickr, Facebook, Picasa and Youtube.

We will add even more media sources during this school year so you can keep your focus on creative output and not be interrupted by hunting for media in different browser windows. We’ve also completely rebuilt how you work with text to give you more freedom and options.

Additional magic happens after you save the G3 Glog and view it, because it will automatically load an HTML5 Glog if the device doesn’t have a Flash plug-in, or you can manually “Switch to HTML5″ if you want for faster load time.

HTML5 Glog view doesn’t render image frames, video players and graphic effects, but all media & content will work on your iPad or any other HTML5 ready device. If you “Switch to Flash” you will see 100% of what you created. There are lots of other features, and next week you are welcome to explore and try them all.

New dashboard design with Glog selection

“Simplicity” has been the motto for our team, designing a platform for all users. it doesn’t matter if you are 6 or 60, this will be your favorite user-friendly product, now with quick access to all features, especially the Premium ones.

Clicking on the “CREATE NEW GLOG” button will open a selection, where you will still find the “Classic Glog” if you want to continue with the familiar tool you are used to.

The left side selection represents the “Next-Gen Glog with mobile view” where you have option to start from, including 1 blank Glog and 4 basic templates to choose from.

Wait! A template? Yes! The Next-Gen Glog experience offers many exciting future features and the template choice is just one of them.

Your Glog editor starts with prepared objects so you can modify or Drag&Drop an image, video or audio over a current object and it keeps all your settings while just changing the media content.

What does this mean?

Before, what used to take you 30 minutes using the Classic Glog editor format, will now take about 10 minutes! If you had FUN on Glog Projects before, this is FUN + WOW! But the new Glogster EDU is not bringing just 4 templates, Premium users will also have unlimited access to Re-Glog any Glog from our new Glogpedia library.

Glogpedia K12 library with Re-Glog templates & new categories

Filter by “Discipline” and “Subject” to get inspiration and access to best practices. To learn and display digitally on tablets, whiteboards, and mobiles with unique learning objects and if you have a Premium license, you can Re-Glog (make a copy) of any Glog available for Re-Glog. What does it mean?

Any Premium Teacher can prepare a custom “project” during planning time using the Glogpedia library starting this September. Collect the “best of the best” from public Glogs.

Teachers will have the option to save their own Glogs as “Public for Re-Glog” and if the Glog is chosen for the Glogpedia, other Premium users can Re-Glog it for their needs, learning paths and curriculum.

We will constantly update and add your best Glogs to benefit all educators and students “flipping the classroom” with creative learning options.

New “EDUCATOR FREE” product with 10 student sub-accounts

For continued growth and success, we will feed your passion and love for Glogster EDU by offering a great basic free product where anyone can start CREATIVE LEARNING, to “pilot change” of current traditional, paper-based learning methods without facing a budget barrier.

The EDUCATOR FREE account, with 10 student sub-accounts can be upgraded anytime and joined to a School or District Premium license with all your students and Glogs.

Be sure you plan to use Glogster EDU often this school year if you want to engage your students and empower creative student skills.

New “SMART EMBED” code for custom sizes and HTML5 view

You asked, we listened, and you can now easily embed your Glog with the custom size you need for all your school websites, wikis, blogs, projects, promotions and contests.

If you embed Next-Gen Glog, the view will automatically play Glog in Flash or HTML5 depending on the device.

EVERYONE GETS MORE THIS SCHOOL YEAR!

  • FREE = +Next-Gen Glog +10 students
  • LIGHT = +Next-Gen Glog +Glogpedia with full search
  • PREMIUM = +Next-Gen Glog +Glogpedia full search +Re-Glog

Glogster EDU is committed to provide you with the best, the most creative, fun teaching and learning environment possible, and these features are the next step in our adventure. Please send us your feedback so we can continue to grow, to improve and be the best that we can be. Share Glogster EDU with your team, your fellow teachers, friends and students so they too can experience the FUN.

Remember, Glogster is Yours!

Glogster EDU is a part of App packs for Google Chromebooks for Education.

GlogsterEDU has been announced as one of the applications found on the  Google Chromebook’s  Education App Pack: a set of apps recommended by the schools, teachers and users for a richer educational experience, at ITSE 2012!

At ITSE, new features have been introduced to make Chromebook easier to manage in all aspects (including finding, managing, installing and using apps in your school). So what features are included?

Grade-level application packs which are groups of Chrome Web Store apps which are organized by grade level and are connected to Google’s suite of Apps for Education. These packs can be installed from the Chromebook management console. Many are free and for those that aren’t, discounts are often offered for bulk purchases.

Organization-specific web app collections in the Chrome Web Store allow administrators the ability to propose apps to teachers as well as students and other staff members. The collection is can be seen only by the school, and admins are able to pull together apps from the Chrome Web Store, application packs and web apps bought elsewhere or private apps developed by the school. (This feature is also available to Chromebook for Business customers from the control panel.)

We are part of Google Chromebook’s Education App Pack.

We are part of Google Chromebook’s Education App Pack.

Need more info about Chromebook?

Check out what Google announced approximately one year ago regarding a “new kind of computer” and a new program aimed at schools: Chromebooks for Education. Everything runs through Google Chrome:

Check out some testimonials about Glogster EDU

Avoiding the Path to Panem: An Educurious Learning Challenge

If your students are crazy about The Hunger Games(and who isn’t??), you have to check out our latest Learning Challenge, sponsored by Educurious!

In this project, students are challenged to answer the question, “What can we do to avoid the path that led to Panem, the post-apocalyptic world of The Hunger Games?”

Students must create a Glog with 1. evidence of a social, political, or environmental issue that explains how North America ended up in such a catastrophic predicament and 2. a call to action: what can we do to avoid that future?

Click here for the complete Learning Challenge.

Huge thanks to Educurious for being such an awesome partner! 

In the words of a Glogster EDU flipper…

Today, I’ll let Glogster EDU Ambassador Lisa Salyer tell you in her in her own words how she uses Glogster EDU for flipped teaching. Take it away, Lisa!
When I discovered Glogster EDU,  I was struggling with how to incorporate meaningful higher level activities and project- based learning methods into my classroom.  Most educational software is limited to rote practice and memorization.  Glogster EDU is the only platform that I have found that allows for organization of teacher lessons, student projects, etc.
Glogster EDU is the absolute perfect platform for the flipped approach.  I think it is so important to demonstrate how you can create Glogs to meet diverse learning styles.  When possible I try to include a story, song, poetry, quotes, instructional podcasts, interactive practice, and enrichment through student creation of Glogs.

Oh! The Place You’ll Go

I strive to design my own Glogs so that students who are absent can access the Glog and make up the lesson at home.  My goal in creating Glogs vary; however, my instructional Glogs aim to set purpose, provide review, instruct, and provide guided/independent practice.  I am also able to extend and remediate through Glogs.
As for preparing, recording and assembling,  a teacher must be motivated to do this during evenings and weekends.  With that being said, once you establish your core then enriching and making changes is easily done!  I try to find podcasts that already meet my instructional needs — no need to reinvent the wheel, plus pre-made podcasts save me a huge amount of time. (Click on the Glog thumbnails for examples.)

Night Letters (click on the Voki!

 On those days when I become a facilitator in my class, I feel a great since of accomplishment. My students are all exploring and learning, and I am monitoring, correcting misconceptions, or challenging students to extend their learning.  Some of the proudest moments I have are when  students self-inititate Glogs on topics of interest to them and learn through their own research!
Lisa has generously provided a few of her own Glog presentations:

Language Arts Glogs 

Math Glogs

Famous Americans Glog Project

Student Podcasts <— If you’re only going to click on one link, make it this one! So great.
Thanks so much, Lisa. I’m inspired; are you?