After months of anticipation, it is our pleasure to announce that the Glogster iPad application is available worldwide via the App Store. Click the App Store badge to download it now and discover a new world of learning possibilities!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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!