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. 

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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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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!

We Are Launching an Initiative to Change Current Education Methods

Next week, Glogster EDU will be launching an initiative to change current educational teaching and learning methods. The way we live is changing and evolving, our day to day routine, how we access information, and communicate with our family, friends and associates. Why should education remain the same?

This initiative will be focused on helping schools around the world move from a traditional to a creative, multimedia based curriculum.

We need your help! Your tweets, blog entries, and Facebook posts, using a link to the initiative page and a short descriptor can help draw attention to the project.

We are looking for an initial task force to spread the word, and if you agree to help out, we’ll post a link back to YOU from our initiative page.

If you would like to take part in spreading the word, please send an email to stephanie.lachman@glogster.com. The link to the initiative page, as well as additional details on when to post, will be sent before the initiative is released, via email by Wednesday of next week.

Happy Glogging!!

Estamos lanzando una iniciativa para cambiar los métodos de educación actuales

La semana que viene, Glogster EDU empezará una iniciativa para cambiar educación docente y los métodos de educación actuales.  La forma de nuestra vida está cambiando y evolucionando, nuestra rutina diaria ,manera de acceder a la información o manera cómo nos comunicamos con nuestra familia, amigos y socios. ¿ Por qué la educación debe seguir siendo la misma?

Esta iniciativa se centrará en ayudar a las escuelas de todo el mundo a convertirse del currículo tradicional al currículo creativo, basado en multimedia.

¡Necesitamos tu ayuda! Tus tweets,  blogs y publicaciones en Facebook, usando enlace a la página principal y un descriptor corto, eso puede ayudar a llamar atención sobre el proyecto.

Estamos buscando un grupo de gente para difundirlo por el mundo , y si tú nos ayudas, vamos a publicar un enlace a TI desde nuestra página de inicio.

Si deseas participar en la difusión por favor envía un correo a stephanie.lachman@glogster.com. El enlace para la página inicial junto con los detalles adicionales de cuando publicar serán enviados por correo antes de que la iniciativa empiece, el miércoles que viene como más tarde.

Disfruta del Glogging!

SymbalooEDU + Glogster EDU = hooray!

–Image from the SymbalooEDU blog.

We’re so excited to officially announce our partnership with SymbalooEDU! SymbalooEDU is a free Personal Learning Environment (PLE) for educators to visually organize and share the best of the web with students. Imagine a simple, clean bookmarking tool that’s easy as pie for students to use.

Soon you’ll be able to use SymbalooEDU functions within the Glog creation area and embed Glogs in your SymbalooEDU webmixes. Create a Glog, add it to your webmix, and share it with your students — voila! You can read the full announcement here.

We’re also teaming up with the SymbalooEDU folks to co-sponsor the biggest party at ISTE, EdTech Karaoke 2012, along with Edutopia, CUE, Edublogs, and Volunteerspot.

If you haven’t reserved your VIP badge yet, register here. Karaoke, ed tech, rooftop, San Diego…how could it not be a blast?

After you register, add this snazzy #ETK12 badge to your blog:


Click here to get the copy & paste embed code.

Lots of exciting plans in the works. . . stay tuned!

Scheduled maintenance 5/12

Glogster EDU (http://edu.glogster.com) will be down for routine maintenance on Saturday, May 12 from 1:00 – 1:30 AM EDT. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

In the meantime, take a look at the Webinar archives below — we’ve got some great recordings to dive into this weekend.

Enjoy!

 

Attention Earth Day Contest Entrants!

Thank you for entering the Go Green Initiative Earth Day Contest!

The Go Green Initiative is in the process of judging the contest Glog entries.

In order to award classroom, school, & grade level prizes, we need the following information for every Glog entered in the contest:

  1. URL link to your Glog
  2. Teacher’s name
  3. School name
  4. City
  5. Grade
If you did not provide this information during registration, please email it to earthday@glogster.com.

Thank you, and best of luck!

Earth Day contest deadline extended!

Sure, Earth Day has come and gone…but every day should be Earth Day, right? (Right!)

If you missed the April 22 deadline, we’re giving you another week — until Monday, April 30, 2012 — to enter your Glog for a chance to win prizes (almost $10,000 worth!) for your classroom or school. Prizes include water bottles, T-shirts, DVD’s, an organic garden, a full-service BBQ, ride on a stagecoach….the list goes on!  Click here for all the info .

Best of luck, and happy Glogging!

Come sing with us at ISTE!

ISTE is just around the corner! We’re psyched to be sponsoring the biggest party at ISTE, the Edtech Karaoke Rooftop Party.

Join us Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at the Andaz Hotel Rooftop in San Diego for a night of singing your heart out and mingling with fellow educators and ISTE attendees.

  • Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 (during ISTE 2012)
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 12:00 am PT
  • Location: Andaz Hotel – Rooftop, 600 F Street, San Diego, CA 92101
3 VERY important steps to get in:
  1.  RSVP via Eventbrite to reserve your badge. Each person must register separately. 
  2. At the conference, claim your VIP badge from one of the sponsors — we’ll be in booth 2008.
  3. Tell all your friends to complete the steps above!
Will we see you there? (Now to start thinking about song selections…)

Off to South Dakota…

TIE Conference

Brian will be at the Technology & Innovation in Education Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota next week from April 15 – 17.

He’ll be holding two sessions:

(1) Project-Based Learning with Glogster EDU on Sunday, April 15 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm in Room 6

(2) Getting Started with Glogster EDU Premium on Monday, April 16 from 2:25 to 3:20 pm in Room 1.

Attendees at each session will be entered into a raffle to win a FREE Glogster EDU Teacher Premium License — that’s a $99 value!

Will you be at TIE? Let us know in the comments, or email brian.williams@glogster.com.

Go green with our Earth Day contest!

After a week full of “flipped classroom” discussion, I’m proud to announce our latest contest, which provides the perfect opportunity for extending learning outside your classroom walls!

Glogster EDU and the Go Green Initiative are challenging you and your students to take a good hard look at the water, energy, and food systems in your community. Where do your food, water, and energy come from? How does it make its way to your door? And what can you do to make those systems more sustainable?

We’re giving away almost $10,000 worth of prizes to individual students, classrooms, and schools, including water bottles, T-shirts, DVD’s, an organic garden, a ride on a stagecoach….seriously! These prizes are incredible.

The contest runs now through Earth Day, April 22, 2012. Click here for all the info .