May Webinars

Is it May already?!¬†Take some time out of your busy end-of-the-year schedule (you can spare an hour, right? ūüėČ ) to learn from a couple Glogster EDU superstars.

This month, Glogster EDU Ambassador Lisa Parisi will demonstrate how to use Glogster EDU to address Universal Design for Learning principles, and top reseller Joli Barker will share her sales tips and strategies. Registration is free and open to all.

1. Glogster EDU & Universal Design for Learning

Tuesday, May 8 at 5:00 pm Eastern

View a recording here

Today’s teachers are faced with more and more challenges. While our curriculum gets fuller and more strenuous, our students come in with more struggles. All teachers now need to learn to work with children with learning difficulties, emotional difficulties, social struggles, and/or physical struggles. One lesson for all children just won’t work. Find out how UDL and Web 2.0 tools like Glogster EDU can help us reach all children and make learning more fun for everyone.

2. Glogster EDU Resellers РWhat Works!

Monday, May 21 at 4:00 pm Eastern

Register here

Mike from the Glogster EDU sales team will provide an overview of the reseller program and provide his own best practices and tips. Glogster EDU reseller Joli Barker will share what sales strategies have worked for her, and show you how to increase your earnings. If you’re a new reseller, or are interested in becoming one, this Webinar is for you!

Hope to see you there!

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…)

Have you met Maybelle?

Thanks to everyone who joined us for yesterday’s Webinar on Mary Carole Strother’s ISTE award winning project, “Maybelle the Cockroach!”¬†If you couldn’t make it to the live presentation, you can¬†view a recording here.

Maybelle has travelled the country getting students excited to read and learn. Have you met Maybelle? Take a look at her adventures here:

Maybelle the Cockroach: http://maybellethecockroach.wikispaces.com/

The Maybelle Literacy and Multimedia Festival: https://maybelledigitalfestival.wikispaces.com/home

Want Maybelle to come to your school? Click on the Glog above for Mary Carole’s contact info.

Our next Webinar on is next Thursday, April 19 at 4 pm. Instructional Technology Specialist Andrea Gardner will discuss how to use Glogster EDU to address Common Core State Standards. Learn more and register here.

Hope to see you next week!

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 Р4:00 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 ‚ÄĒ that’s a $99 value!

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

April Webinars

This month, our Webinars will be hosted by our very own Glogster EDU Ambassadors. As always, registration is free and open to all, but attendance is limited to the first 100 attendees. So show up early to secure your spot!

1. Using Glogster EDU for Project-Based Learning on Wednesday, April 4 at 3 pm EDT

Register here. 

Glogster EDU + PBL = A++! Project-based learning is more than just “doing projects.” Glogster EDU makes effective PBL easy. Help your students develop inquiry, research, time management, communication, presentation, leadership, and reflection skills on a fun and engaging platform.

Mike from the Glogster EDU Team will show you how to start a Glog project, create a template, assign it to the class, monitor progress, and provide feedback with Glogster EDU Premium. He’ll also provide you with plenty of example Glogs and lesson plans to get you started.

2. ISTE Technology Innovation Award winning project,”Maybelle the Cockroach‚Ä̬†on Wednesday, April 11 at 4 pm EDT

View a recording here. 

Mary Carole Strother will share her 2011 ISTE Technology Innovation Award winning wiki, ‚ÄúMaybelle the Cockroach.‚ÄĚ This collaborative project combines Glogster EDU with other Web 2.0 tools like Blabberize, VoiceThread, Mixbook, QR codes, Animoto, Vokis, and Photobabble. Get inspiration for your own digital learning adventure!

Meet Maybelle the Cockroach: http://maybellethecockroach.wikispaces.com

Read about Maybelle in Coverge Magazine:
http://www.convergemag.com/classtech/Maybelle-the-Cockroach-Sparks-Digital-Learning-Adventures.html

3. Navigate Our Digital World Through Glogster EDU Eyes & Make Connections to CCSS (Common Core State Standards) on Thursday, April 19 at 4 pm

View a recording here. 

Hosted by Andrea Gardner, Instructional Technology Specialist at Westford Public School in Westford, MA.

According to their mission statement, the Common Core State Standards “provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.”

During this Webinar, we will:

‚ÄĘUnderstand how technology is part of the Common Core Standards
‚ÄĘIdentify specific examples of where technology is located within the CCSS
‚ÄĘShare what that looks like through Glogster EDU eyes
‚ÄĘReview and discuss technology, multimedia and the 4Cs
‚ÄĘPresent possible options for moving forward with integrating technology into the classroom

4. Glogster EDU in Higher Education on Tuesday, April 24 at 7 pm EDT

Registration closed.

Hosted by Dr. Torria Bond, Instructional Designer at California Baptist University.

Ideas will be presented for using Glogster EDU to enhance your face-to-face and blended courses; and to build community in your fully online courses. Learn creative and pedagogically sound ways to engage your learners.

View a calendar of all Webinars and events. 

Hope you can make it!

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! 

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 .

Using Glogster EDU to make the flip

Much has been said (and debated) about the “flipped classroom,” ¬†a pedagogical model in which the traditional classroom structure — lecture in class, homework at home — is “flipped.” Students watch or listen to prerecorded material at home, and engage in collaborative exercises, discussions, and projects ¬†in class. (If you’re not familiar with the idea,¬†this¬†is a good overview.)¬†

The concept is simple, but in practice, an effective flipped model requires a great deal of preparation upfront. Fortunately, with¬†Khan Academy quickly becoming a household name and the launch of Youtube for Schools, teachers now have access to tens of thousands of quality recordings to help them “make the flip” without necessarily creating all of the instructional material themselves. The question then becomes one of delivery — how to make those resources easily accessible to students and motivating enough so that students actually do the necessary preparations at home.

We hope that Glogster EDU provides you with the answer. It’s quick and easy ¬†to embed instructional videos in a Glog, which students can view from home or wherever they have internet access. The creative format is completely customizable and visually engaging for students. You can embed a podcast in your Glog,¬†link to online resources, or use the data attachment tool (with Glogster EDU Premium) to attach a short quiz to check for comprehension. Students can leave their questions in the Glog comments, so you know exactly what to focus on in class the next day.

There are pros and cons to the flipped classroom, of course (as with any learning model, once size never fits all), but the basic philosophy is one I think we can all get behind: students taking control of their own learning. When class time is reserved for active learning rather than passive note-taking, students get the opportunity to collaborate with their peers and engage with the material in a hands-on way that will lead to authentic, meaningful learning.

Or that’s the goal, anyway. This is where you come into the discussion! Glogster EDUcators, we want to hear from you.¬†Are you a proponent of the flipped model? How do you put it into practice? Do you use Glogster EDU to make the flip, and if so, how?

We’ve asked a few of our Glogster EDU Ambassadors these questions, and next week I’ll be sharing their stories, resources, and sample Glogs. I’d love to include your stories, too — feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

Stay tuned!

Image from David Truss’s “3 Keys to a Flipped Classroom.”¬†

Curious about the reseller program?

Join our weekly Twitter chat every Wednesday at 4 pm EDT using the hashtag #Gseller.

We’ll share ideas, discuss best practices, and answer your questions about the Glogster EDU reseller program.

Our first #Gseller chat immediately follows tomorrow’s free Webinar, Glogster EDU Resellers: Make $ doing what you love! at 3 pm.

Make sure to follow Glogster EDU on Twitter, too. See ya there!

¬†(‚ÄúCutielicious! A Free Twitter Bird Icon Set‚ÄĚ is licensed under the Creative Commons¬†license, designed by¬†ChethStudios.net.)

YouTube for Schools — a new student-friendly video resource

According to YouTube, its hundreds of millions of users upload 48 hours of content every minute, resulting in nearly 8 years’ worth of content¬†every day. The learning possibilities of such an enormous amount of free, accessible material are incredible. Unfortunately, the educational gems are often buried under cute cat videos at best, inappropriate or obscene material at worst. Which is why we usually refer educators to school-friendly, “closed” sites like¬†SchoolTube¬†to find quality videos to include in their Glogs. (When you click on “video” in the Glog edit tool, you’ll see the option to search through SchoolTube videos within the editor for easy drag-and-drop access. You can also copy/paste the link to embed it in your Glog.)

But now YouTube offers its very own YouTube for Schools, which allows educators and students to access hundreds of thousands of videos from reputable educational organizations like Stanford, PBS, TED, and Khan Academy. Search is limited to YouTube EDU, a subsection of YouTube with only education-related content.  Schools can configure their network to allow content from YouTube EDU and block all other YouTube content. YouTube offers in-depth instructions on how to do that here.

Read the recent New York Times article about YouTube for Schools, or check out their teacher channel for videos broken down by subject and grade level.

Do you currently use YouTube in your teaching practice, or does your school block access? Will you use YouTube for Schools, or stick to your tried-and-true video sites? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.