Updating Glogster’s Terms of Use

Our new Terms of Use are effective as of April 25, 2014.

We believe it’s essential for you to feel informed when it comes to your information on Glogster. With this in mind, we added a section about Fair Usage and Abuse of Lawful Use of Trial License to our FAQ‘s and Terms of Use.

The inclusion of this section is a response to a massive increase in circumvention of purpose and meaning of use of the Trial license we have identified recently. The usage of our services is being abused by some entities to such an extent that exceeds the normal order of frequency of use and therefore is unlawful, commits long-term law infringements and causes damage to other users of Glogster.  

We feel it is to benefit to everyone to inform and help to raise awareness about lawful using of services.

Updates to our FAQ’s

Fair Usage and Abuse of Lawful Use of Trial License 

Any individual user (natural person) is limited to one trial activation in any 12 month period regardless of a different account username being used or not.

Any organization (group or association of individuals who are joined together either formally or legally e.g. school, company, college, organization, club) are limited to a maximum of 30 Trial registrations in any 12 month period.

Updates to our Terms of Use:

Abuse of Rights and Violation of Lawful Use

Abuse of rights is defined as a willful attempt to exercise the rights of a user of Glogster,  which violates without lawful reason the rights and legitimate interests of other users of Glogster.

As such an exercise of abuse of rights is considered to be, but not limited to:
1.  Repeated activation of a Trial membership by a natural person with in a twelve consecutive month period. Utilizing different aliases is not considered to mean a different natural person that uses electronic services.

2.  Repeated activation of Trial membership over 30 times with in a twelve consective month period without consent and/or unbeknownst to Glogster by a person that differs to a natural person or by an user that differs to a natural person without legal personality. To determine the count of such activations Glogster uses identification principles as domain, used domain name, IP address or other relevant criteria.

For the purposes of legal actions against an entity that uses Glogster in violation of its lawful use each user gives the explicit consent to the use of the identification principles as an evidence.

As repeated activation of the Trial membership is not considered an activation that relates to announced substantial changes in the nature of provided Glogster service and such activation occurs within 30 days after such change is announced.

These changes will take effect on April 25, 2014. See what the new Terms of Use will look like here: Terms of Use

 

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: 

How_To_Tag_GlogNote: This Contest can be entered by Teachers Only. But Student Glogs still count if submitted by a teacher!

How Can I Win??

When the contests ends on December 15th, 2013 at Midnight EDT, the Contest Commission, a group of Glogster EDU experts including teachers, designers, and Glogster EDU developers will judge the Top 50 submitted Glogs, as chosen by Glogster EDU.

Here are a few tips for entering to WIN:

  • Choose a fascinating new topic to explore: something you think everyone should know about.

The best Glogs tell you something you don’t already know, in a way you weren’t expecting. The winning Glog will be one that tells a story using multimedia and textual information, as well as external links, to tell a complete story. It should reward the reader with rich information and context.

  • Complete your Glog with Multimedia, external links, videos animations, and other goodies. 

Glogter EDU’s magic is its ability to be more than just a Blog platform or a video platform. Glogster EDU allows you to mesh video, animation, links, recordings of your own, and other elements in surprising new ways. Take advantage of these abilities to make your Glog shine.

  • Look at Glogs in Glogpedia for inspiration on good design, clear presentation of information, and good use of colors and contrasts. 

Go beyond Templates to create something unique, while still using what templates offer you in terms of good tips for design. Your Glog doesn’t have to look like everyone else’s! It doesn’t have to use all of the same backgrounds and styles that are common on Glogster EDU: it can be whatever you want it to be. Your message and your concept can be complex, or they can be simple, but the winning Glog will have a design that strengthens its appeal, and lends weight to its messages and information.

When Does the Contest End? 

Check the contest page for full terms and conditions, as well as a set of rules. The contest will end at midnight EST, December 15th, 2013, so get Glogging! The more Glogs you enter, the more chances YOU have to win.

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.

Benefits of the New Admin Dashboard:

A Beautiful, Clean and Clear Design: The new Admin Dashboard is based on a design toolkit called “Bootstrap,” which was developed by Twitter. The new tools look, feel, and work the way you expect them to work, because they follow a common set of rules, shared with leading online services. 

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Access all Admin functionalities in an intuitive, beautiful Dashboard design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More, and More Powerful, Teacher and Student Management Tools: The New Dashboard not only looks more modern, it has more advanced tools for managing larger numbers of students. These tools include a brand new Student Creation Tool, Mass Actions, and searchable databases of students and teachers. 

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Add or invite Teachers easily

Perform mass actions on students, and access any student account at any time.

Perform mass actions on students, and access any student account at any time.

 

It’s all There in the Manual: For your convenience, a tour function on both the Teacher and Student tools will walk you through all the new functionalities of the Admin Dashboard, and as a VIP Customer, our Customer Care Team is just a phone call or an email away from personally helping you with any questions you have.

Launch the tour to get an overview of the tools. It only takes a minute!

Launch the tour to get an overview of the tools. It only takes a minute!

This step by step guide will familiarize you with everything. And VIP customer Care is a Click away at any time.

This step by step guide will familiarize you with everything. And VIP customer Care is a Click away at any time.

When Is the Switch Occurring?

The new Dashboard will go online for most School Administrators within the next few weeks. Some Administrators using newer school licenses will have the option to switch manually before that time. But don’t worry! The new tools are intuitive and simple to use. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. And if you should have any concerns…

We’re Here to Help with the Switch

Our goal is for all School Administrators to start using these new tools as soon as possible.  But you don’t have to go it alone! When you activate the new Dashboard, a direct link to Customer Care by telephone and email will become available to you. Just click “Get Help,” and we’ll display a number where you can give us a call. We look forward to helping you.

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.

That work, time, love and effort is as valuable to us at Glogster EDU as it is to you. It is at the heart of what Glogster EDU is: a platform for creating and sharing, and building knowledge together. We will work to preserve that content and allow it to continue to thrive on the NextGen Platform.

Within a few months, Glogster EDU will publish instructions on how to update Classic Glogs, transforming them into NextGen Glogs. Users will be free to update their Classic Glogs manually. At some point in the future, once we are sure that a majority of users have taken the time to preserve and update the Glogs that they have invested their time and effort in, we will automatically update the remainder of Classic Glogs, transforming them automatically into NextGen Glogs. At that point, the Classic Glog Engine will be shut down for good.

Why Take the Classic Glog Offline?  

Times change, and we must change with them. While the Classic Glog Editor was enormously popular, and helped shape Glogster EDU into the global platform it has since become, the programming language upon which it was originally based, a version of Adobe Flash, has been superseded a more modern version. In addition, the popularity and spread of mobile devices based on new programming architectures has made support of the Classic Glog Editor untenable. Glogster EDU has seized the opportunity to develop and introduce something entirely new, and totally original: the NextGen Glog Editor. And it is with enormous gratitude that we thank each and every one of our EDUcators who have been with us through this transition.  It hasn’t always been easy, but it has always been inspiring.

What’s Coming Next for NextGen? 

Today, the NextGen Glog Editor has grown into a rich creative environment, supporting a deep and vibrant community of EDUcators and students the world over. And as we move forward, NextGen will ensure that Glogster EDU is available on a variety of software platforms, from Windows to IOS, so that inspiration doesn’t need to take a break until students get to their desks, or until you get home.  And as we continue to focus our efforts on its improvement, you can expect exciting announcements of new features, and new capabilities still to come. Such developments as collaboration mode, in which multiple users can edit the same Glogs, the new EDU Graphic Library, seamless integration of your Glog Library with our upcoming Glog Editor App for iOS, and much, much more.

As the Classic Glog nears its end, we view this time as an exciting new beginning for Glogster EDU: one filled with surprises and wonder. We look forward to sharing it with you.

 

Summer News and Highlights: Lots Going on at Glogster EDU!

Summer 2013: Community News & Highlights

While it’s summer in America, and most schools have been on break, Glogster EDU has been hard at work. While that may sound like a bummer for some teachers and students who get the summer off, for us it’s exciting! We get to spend the summer improving Glogster EDU, and staying connected with millions of users who stick around during vacation too!

Educators Talking about Glogster EDU

Educator Craig Seasholes (@craigseasholes), created a fantastic presentation this summer for PSESD: Pudget Sound Educational Service District. The presentation showcases a range of Glogs about Glogster EDU, and Digital Learning. Check it out by clicking below!

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What’s Glogster Working on?

Lots of neat stuff. Here’s a popular question we’ve been asked a lot.

Yes! We’ve done it at Glogster HQ. Our new iPad app is now beyond the prototype stage, and we are working on the product design and testing for our release of Glogster EDU for ios! The app now works smoothly and intuitively. We’ve found that Glogging is even better on an iPad than it is on a web browser, and because of the multitouch features of an iPad, the interface is more intuitive and more fluid than ever before. Plus, the iPad app includes exciting new features, among them: collaboration on multiple iPads, taking photos and videos directly from real life into a Glog, and importing whole webpages, like wikipedia entries, into a Glog. When are we releasing? We are planning for an October release. This means that Glogster EDU for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch will be available in time for the Fall semester in the US!

Attend our Technology Summit! 

Learn more about our plans for the iPad at our Technology Summit, on Wednesday, August 28th at 10:30 EST.

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Glogster EDU Ambassador Joli Barker’s amazing 40+ Ways to Innovate Teaching with Glogster EDU, has had  over 4,000 readers! Wow!

Jolie Barker: McKinney, TexasI believe that the two most important jobs on Earth are being a parent and teacher.  I take my role as both extremely seriously and approach my classroom as a way to extend the ‘family’ for my students. a- Jolie Barker   From her Blog:  “Fearless Classroom”

 

Glogster EDU Kudos

Every month, Glogster supports EdCamps and EdConferences with sponsorships, including Glogster EDU licenses for raffles, and other giveaways. And sometimes an EDUcator just wants to let us know we’re loved. Well, you’re all loved too! Here are a few kudos we’ve received this summer:

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Christa Herring from Prairie Hills Colorado had this to say:

“It is exciting for me to take a step back and observe students using critical thinking and reasoning skills as they sift through information to pick just the right picture, compose the perfect title, or write an interesting paragraph to convey knowledge of a particular topic. Last year, we created Glogs to wrap up our study of the American Revolution. Students were responsible for making their own digital poster. While some students worked alone, other children quickly collaborated linking Glogs together showing a comprehensive look at the American Revolution. They loved working with Glogster! After finishing our projects, my fifth graders helped two first grade classes to create Glogs of their own to show what they had learned about animals. What a fabulous and motivating way for children to work with other grade levels.”
Christa Herring
Fourth Grade Teacher

Digital Storytelling with Glogster EDU

Digital Storytelling with Glogster EDU

A part of teaching is storytelling. As a teacher, you tell the story of the world around you. The history, the mechanics, the reasoning behind everything that your students observe and wonder about.

Digital storytelling allows us to take a linear series of events and bring them to life in a multidimensional experience; to communicate, collaborate, by infusing all types of media into the process.

And Digital storytelling can be practiced anywhere; in almost any imaginable form: in homes, schools, libraries and businesses, by anyone from beginner technology users to experts. In education, teachers and students use digital learning concepts across all content areas, and all grade levels.

The Glogster EDU team comes across amazing Digital Storytelling every single week in Glogpedia. So we thought we’d share some of that here.

What makes Great Digital Storytelling? 

Here are a few ideas:

Style and Substance

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Great digital storytelling gives more than the facts: it gives a bit of atmosphere as well. By incorporating different styles of text, music, or historical documents and photos (bonus points for links to resources and videos of key concepts and places), the story being told really comes alive.

Depth and Connectedness

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Great Digital Storytelling also tells a story in different ways. It presents more than the facts: it also gives the learner a reason and a way to learn more about the subject. It presents information that inspires discovery, and offers ways to make those new discoveries easily: by linking to different resources.

Digital Storytelling isn’t just told, but experienced. It serves as a gateway to a whole universe of new information and insight- it is not self-contained, and doesn’t have to be.

Relevance

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We think great digital storytelling is also about making a case for what’s important, and finding out what’s important to the person experiencing your story. It distills the facts and relevant information, and helps guide the learner to teach him or herself more about the topic. It sparks interest, and gives a reason as to why this new branch of knowledge can be attractive and useful.

Glogster EDU Launches Home Edition!

Glogster EDU Launches Home Edition!

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.

What is Home?

Why Glogster EDU is Coming Home

Noting this trend, the Glogster Team has created a perfect package to meet the needs of the homeschool environment. Not only does Glogster EDU base itself upon the idea that student oriented learning, in which young learners direct their own paths toward acquiring knowledge and skills, is the shining future of 21st Century education, but homeschooling parents and homeschoolers across American emphatically agree. Creative, self-directed, explorative, and deeply insightful learning is not only up to the truly great parents and teachers among us: students need tools and modes of expression that are relevant to them, and not just to us. That’s what Glogster EDU has been about from the very beginning. The perfect fit.

Get Glogster EDU Premium: Home Edition! Click Here.

Glogster EDU inspires students, anywhere they are.

Glogster EDU inspires students, anywhere they are.

What Glogster EDU Home Edition Can Help Kids Accomplish

We could talk about features first, but Glogster EDU Home Edition is about accomplishments. It’s about the feeling, the knowledge, that you have engaged with a new topic, and that you have learned and produced something of great value to yourself. Here are some things young learners have accomplished with Glogster EDU:

Independent Thinking and Reasoning: Glog creation requires students to think for themselves, and engage with topics in non-passive ways; that they think not only about what something means, but about how that meaning can be expressed to someone else. And there’s no better way to do that than to base learning upon outcomes: creative and engaging projects that kids will enjoy working on, that they will be proud of, and that ask to be shared and cherished.

Creative Skills: Often the first thing that we lose in education when we focus on tests and grades, memorization and repetition, is that learning is about synthesis. Knowledge of something is not very good if we cannot find ways of expressing that knowledge, and that’s why Glogster EDU has been so popular since its inception. Glogster EDU learners connect with the information they are absorbing during the process of synthesizing it into something meaningful that they wish to express: they learn by teaching. They are their own teachers.

Love of Knowledge: Many of us feel that the topics we loved in school were our favorites because we were better at them. But often we forget that we were also better at these topics because we loved them. Because a teacher or one of our parents inspired us to be passionate, and we used that passion to master the subject. It wasn’t work to learn, because we loved knowing more. With Glogster EDU, knowledge is not the only goal, because it doesn’t have to be. We trust that knowledge follows passion, and passion arises from a child’s need to express himself or herself- to understand and to be understood by others. Knowledge is a happy by-product of the love of knowledge. 

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But What Are the Features?

Of course we’re proud of our award-winning features too! Here are a few things parents and kids can use Glogster EDU to do:

Organization: Group your kids into classes, to keep track of progress in different subject areas. There’s no limit to the number of classes you create- you can use this feature flexibly to organize different projects and work in many different areas at one time, sending comments and messages specific to different subject areas.

Creativity: Students all over love Glogging. Kids have created over 25 Million Glogs so far, about just about anything you can imagine. There is no limit to what can be done. Drag and drop images, graphics, video and audio directly from your content library into a Glog, and upload, embed or link content from anywhere on the web. It’s that easy! The Glog platform appeals to different learning styles, offering something for each type of learner, and for differentiated learning in every subject.

Templates and Projects: Pick a starting point for any project, and then let your kids take control. Grading and commenting, as well as messaging and sharing on social media, are just a click away. You can choose to assign projects based on specific requirements, or you can take a hands-off approach, and let students direct their own interests. That’s up to you- the tools allow you to take your own approach.

Sharing: Once your child’s creativity is unleashed, there are a variety of ways to publish and share the results. Glogster EDU has tools for organizing Glogs into presentations and portfolios that can be shared across the web. Email these portfolios to friends or relatives, or share them in your Personal Learning Network, or on social media. You can even print them out and put them on the fridge- a classic never goes out of style.

Security: Glogster EDU has industry leading privacy controls. Share and enjoy your child’s creative endeavors safely, knowing that our platform protects your privacy with individual, secure logins, secure private messaging available only between you and your own children, and absolutely no advertising to minors.

Your Homeschoolers Deserve Glogster EDU

Become a part of the Glogster EDU community, and let us share something special with you every single day. All we ask is that you do the same: aspire to do something really creative, and really special with us- when you can, where you can. That’s what the Glogster EDU community is about. To find out more, find us on Facebook, Twitter and other social media around the web, or send us an email today to talk about Glogster EDU Home Edition. We’re at Sales at Glogster-dot-com.

May Community Highlights: Amazing Glogs by Amazing Gloggers, and More!

May 2013: Community Highlights

The Glogster EDU Community is chock-full of amazing EDUcators and creative learners from all over the world. The only thing they’re required to share is a love of knowledge and a passion for learning creatively. Glogster EDU teachers connect and share in a variety of ways: by email, on Facebook, on Edmodo, and on Twitter, just to name a few. Every week, we’re flooded with inspiration from enthusiastic, inspiring and creative teachers. It’s our pleasure to share what we find here. Without further ado: here are some outstanding highlights from this month at Glogster EDU. 

The Pine Road Elementary School Library presents its YR Readers Choice Nominees

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Over 100 Glogs were added to Glogpedia just last week! Here’s our favorite: 

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And We’ve added some new Templates as well: Check them out!

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Tony Sinanis’s 3rd Grade kids make Glogs about the chick lifecycle. In Jericho, NY.

Check out Tony’s Blog.

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Glogster EDU Ambassador Joli Barker’s amazing 40+ Ways to Innovate Teaching with Glogster EDU, has had almost 2000 readers in 2 weeks! WOW! 

Jolie Barker: McKinney, Texas

“I believe that the two most important jobs on Earth are being a parent and teacher.  I take my role as both extremely seriously and approach my classroom as a way to extend the ‘family’ for my students.” – Jolie Barker

 From her Blog:  “Fearless Classroom”

Glogster EDU Kudos

Every month, Glogster supports EdCamps and EdConferences with sponsorships, including Glogster EDU licenses for raffles, and other giveaways. And sometimes an EDUcator just wants to let us know we’re loved. Well, you’re all loved too! Here are a few kudos we’ve gotten this month:

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Teachers let us know how they use Glogster EDU in any given week.

Teachers let us know how they use Glogster EDU in any given week.

We’ve also started a suggestion box: Edu.Suggestions@Glogster.com

Our fans and users ask us all kinds of great questions. Here are just a few from this month:

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A: We’re working on a new Item Browser at the moment, and it’s almost ready. When it’s done, we’ll be tackling all sorts of new improvements and features. Thanks to the NextGen Glog Editor, you’ll be seeing more features and more improvements in speed and performance on a consistent basis!

Q: (Via Email) Have you considered adding a “business” or “leadership skills” category (to Glog Categories)?   That would apply more to higher ed than to K-12, but it could be useful to people in my field. –  Dee Anne Bonebright, Minnesota

A: Great Question! We have been working on a version of Glogster EDU, including a slightly different editor, that would be aimed at the needs of business and higher ed users, like yourself. For now, there are training vocational categories in the Discipline options, but a business/professional category is a great idea. We’ll definitely add this to our future plans.

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A. Oh yes we are! And we can tell you this: it looks incredible. We can’t spill all the beans yet, but we can tell you that the app will be touch capable, will allow you to embed photos from an iPhone or iPad, and record audio on the fly. And it will do a whole lot more!

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.

Every time that program from Adobe is updated and downloaded to hundreds of millions of computers, thousands of companies around the world must also update the script, the code they use to interact with Flash, in order for it to work properly. In Glogster’s case, the script that the Classic Glog uses is no longer supported by Flash, and had to be completely rebuilt and replaced. This means that future versions of Flash will “ignore,” whether they work with certain types of scripts, in order to focus on newer scripts that have been developed. Many, many programs and many scripts have to be rewritten to comply with the new standards.

Last year, we introduced the NextGen Glog, and any new development and features, were created for NextGen instead of for the Classic Glog. While the Classic Glog remained more stable in the short term (it continued to work with Flash as it had before), any updates to Flash, as expected, have made various elements of the Classic Glog stop working. While temporary fixes can be and are being made, the only real solution to this issue will be to phase out the Classic Glog, and replace it completely with the NextGen Glog.

When is the Switch Happening?

New users of Glogster EDU have already been switched to NextGen. They don’t have access to Classic Glog creation at all.

Long time users will be transitioned to the Next Gen editor and viewer in steps: if a user opens a Classic Glog, it will be opened in the NextGen editor. Due to the many different sources of media on Glogster EDU, as well as the many versions of Flash that have been used to upload and save content, certain pieces of media may not display correctly when the Glog is first opened in the NextGen and will require some editing and then saving. This is unfortunate but unavoidable, as certain elements of Classic Glogs, based on a now unsupported script, are not compatible with the new version of Flash, and are thus not compatible with the NextGen Glog. There is a positive note though: this switch does give users an opportunity to categorize their old Glogs upon saving for easier searching, as well as make those Glogs available for ReGlog, which wasn’t a feature of the Classic Glog.

At the end of summer 2013, after all users have had a chance to review and update their libraries of Glogs (and we understand that in some cases, this may include a great number), we will auto-update all remaining Glogs in the classic format to NextGen.

 

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But Why?

While we would prefer that teachers who would like to remain with the Classic Glog be able to do so, continuing updates and changes to Flash are beyond our control, and it will become increasingly problematic to support two platforms. Because the script is no longer supported, Adobe will soon stop updating its developers on expected problems with compatibility in its new versions, which means that we would soon have no idea what potential incompatibilities Flash would have on any given day. This would greatly impact our high standard of performance, and would deliver a sub-par experience for Glogster EDU Educators and Learners -the most vital part of Glogster EDU.

I Tried NextGen and I Didn’t Like It.

If that’s the case, we know we can change your mind. There were some challenges when the NextGen Glog was first introduced, but we have been hard at work improving every aspect of the new editor. It is now faster, smoother, and more stable.  Aside from its more modern look, the ability to ReGlog and link your Google Youtube account to your Glogster account to easily integrate your favorite videos in Glogs, features that are already available, we have amazing new features planned for the NextGen Glog. In the future, thanks to the updates that we have made, Glogster EDU will be able to integrate more deeply with Google Apps, and incorporate all new features like Calendars, Grading and Rubrics, and things so exciting and new, we can’t even tell you about them yet.

 

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Is The Future Bright for Teachers?

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What the Future Might Hold

Barack Obama: State of the Union 2013: On Education

 

 

 

In our EduTeach blog this week, we talked a bit about high school graduation rates, and some of the reasons why we think graduation rates have continued to sink since 1965. We also talked a bit about Barack Obama’s talking points on education, shown in the video above. Though Obama skirted the Bush Era “No Child Left Behind,” language of raising the minimum performance of America’s students across the board, his speech notably focused on expanding pre-school access for lower income families, increasing high school graduation rates, and diversifying curricula to mirror a more European, less “one size fits all,” model of secondary education. Student performance is undeniably vital to the strength of a nation and a bright future, but what of teachers? Obama makes little mention of them, nor of the swirling controversies over unions, and performance pay, nor any of the myriad concerns of American teachers. And no surprise: this is a hot-button issue on which seemingly everyone has a fiery opinion.

Would you like a job that requires an advanced degree, is underpaid, is overworked, and which society does not value, but simultaneously blames for all of its problems?

Would you like a job that requires an advanced degree, is underpaid, is overworked, and which society does not value, but simultaneously blames for all of its problems?

Instead, Obama talked about diversifying outcomes which is something known at Glogster EDU as teaching to the individual. Instead of worrying too much about a certain very broad standard being met, says the President, we should focus on building the tools and a system in which teachers and students can address the needs of individuals in the way that works best for every teacher, and every student.

We see it as a generally positive sign that Obama’s mention of education didn’t include more talk of standardized testing, adding bureaucracy,  and cruelly punishing creative teachers and students with cumbersome new standards. Instead, it focused on what our society needs, not in terms of statistics and competitive outcomes, but in terms of real people: the students who will be the citizens of tomorrow.

This mockup of the Teacher's Lounge of 2050 is not on Obama's Education Agenda

This mockup of the Teacher’s Lounge of 2050 is not on Obama’s Education Agenda

Why This Matters

The public policy era of the 2000′s focused mainly on one thing in the field of education: raising minimum standards; and it applied a carrot-and-stick approach to achieving these standards, by withholding federal funds from state programs that failed to meet the new standards. The goal was a 100% compliance with one high standard of reading and math skills to be achieved by 2014. This approach had many critics, such as Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute, who dubbed it “The Age of Educational Romanticism”, and Sir Ken Robinson,  who wrote in HuffPo in 2009: “[NCLB is based] on the fatal idea that to face the future schools just have to do better what they did in the past.” Robinson charged that the system had a “catastrophically” flawed notion of intelligence; that it promoted homogenization and was anti-creative, and that it discouraged professionalism and creativity among teachers.

Microsoft Co-Founder and Chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, seemed to agree with that assessment in the same year, when he answered the central question of his TED talk: “How do we make a teacher great?” with the reply: “we don’t.”

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Gates points out that little in the current educational system is focused on allowing the creativity and ingenuity of great teachers to thrive on its own. Instead, the more creative and higher performing teachers leave the profession at a higher rate than lower performers. Under NCLB, there was a national fall-off of spending in programs in which teachers invest great degrees of energy: special needs, as well as gifted learner programs were eliminated in many districts and schools because they did nothing to help achieve the NCLB standards, and were thus seen as financial drains. The same can be said for music, physical education, fine arts, and soft sciences, which are seen as being of low value in the bid to pass tests. So the system as defined for some years by NCLB was one of a collection of perverse incentives, in which schools spent money to achieve dubious goals, and cut funding on programs that were known to be successful.

Clearly a gifted learner

Clearly a gifted learner

There is Hope

Here’s Sir Ken Robinson, back talking about the “Crisis of Human Resources,” and the way that our talents as teachers and students are being wasted.

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Robinson points out policies like NCLB, along with decades of common practice in the education system, are products of a world that is now forever changed. That today, we have only the faintest notion of what the technologies and practices of learning will look like in only 10 years, while for centuries, society was quite sure that 10 years would see little change in the way children were taught. He reasons that given this fact, it may be foolish to assume that we can’t improve our outcomes in the near future, and even more foolish to try and keep things working they way they currently do.

So in light of Robinson’s comments at TED last year, we see it as a positive sign that Obama left out any mention of standardized testing, and national standards being raised. It seems to us, through our experiences with creative and energetic teachers and students, that the national standards and testing are simply an outdated approach to a goal that we are all seeking; which is for the students of today to have the skills and knowledge to make a difference in the world of tomorrow.

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The dangers of a good education: xkcd.com

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What say you?

How does the future look for America’s Teachers? Is it a brighter future, or not? We welcome your comments here, on Twitter, or on Facebook.

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.

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