Update: New Glogster EDU Improvements

Today we rolled out another group of enhancements to make navigation easier on Glogster EDU. Check out what’s new!

  • Tabs keep all your management features in one place, within easy reach. No more scrollling!
  • Tabs now show the number of items inside for quick stats.
  • If you’re an Ambassador, your tools are now located above the live chat support.
  • Improved speed — even faster loading of all Dashboard items.

  • Click on the Ambassador icon to open your “toolkit.”
  • Not an Ambassador? Become one today!

The Glogster EDU team is working hard on more exciting product enhancements which we will announce soon. Stay tuned!

Glogster is Yours!

Make your textbook interactive with Glogster EDU

Guest post by Glogster EDU Ambassador Rositsa Mineva, a primary English Language Teacher from Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.

In Bulgaria, students start learning English at the age of 8, starting with basic speaking, reading, comprehensive listening, and writing.

When students are this age, they aren’t required to actually write vocabulary. Instead, students memorize words through repetition of new vocabulary, sentences, texts etc. Students need audio and visual aids as much as possible to help them with the learning process.

For a long time, I’ve been brainstorming some ideas on how to facilitate the self training of my students so they can continue to learn, both in and out of the classroom. I discovered that the best way to do this is by supplying them with more audio and visual aids to use at home and in the classroom. From this observation, the idea for a virtual classroom and interactive textbook was born.

Glogster EDU has helped a lot with both. On Glogster EDU, I made my virtual classroom with students. Using the variety of tools on the site,  I could make my textbooks interactive and share them with my students and colleagues (example 1), (example 2).

Making my textbook interactive was quite simple: I needed only to scan the pages of my real textbook as pictures (png, jpeg files), find audio files of my English lessons as mp3 files, find some interesting links in a connection with the topic and main aims of the lesson I was making interactive, and put them together on one page.

See the Glog below for an example.

It’s a fast, easy and fun activity which takes no more than 15 minutes to create. I compiled all units on a contest page.

I also put the link to my interactive textbook on the class wiki and connected it to my Skype information and the school website.

My students can no use their interactive textbook freely at home and listen to lessons and do exercises online. This improves my students’ reading and listening skills and makes learning more fun and engaging. It helps not only  students but parents as well.

Learn more about my internet classroom here.

 

Student-led Glogster EDU Tutorials

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Glogster EDU Ambassador Kristina Holzweiss showed us these Glogster EDU video tutorials led by one of her students, Jessie.

Let Jessie take you and your students through all the steps involved in making a Glog, from logging in to saving your work. Isn’t she great?

You can get in touch with Kristina through her website or Edmodo group #siutd6.

Thanks, Kristina and Jessie!

The Power of the Shift Key

When you put an image, text or video onto a Glog, it appears as if you can only resize in proportion. This is where the Shift key comes in!

When you hold down the Shift key, you can resize your images/text/videos in all directions to make them fit in your Glog exactly the way you want them to.  You can also flip them! Watch as I demonstrate:

Using Glogster EDU in Health Class

When I stumbled upon Saucon Valley Middle School Health and P.E. Teacher Philip Russell‘s podcast on Twitter, I knew I had to get in touch with him. Listen to that voice! In this podcast, Phil describes how he used Glogster EDU for an anti-bullying project with his students.

http://www.ipadio.com/embed/v1/embed-352×200.swf?phlogId=40618&phonecastId=103332&channelInView=WEBSITE_CHANNEL_40618&callInView=local_20111013231543

Phil graciously offered to bring out the webcam this time. This short video shares how his students use Glogster EDU in Health class to research and present info about physical activity, drugs and alcohol, mental and emotional disorders, and more.



Thanks so much for sharing your classroom with us, Phil. To all the students at Saucon Valley — keep up the great work!

Need a Glog idea for your business class? Check this one out!

      Talkin ’bout OUR Generation

Great Glogster EDU Example!

In Rachel Winchel’s Business English class, she gave her students an assignment that really allowed them to utilize their research skills AND creativity.

They were assigned t0 work in groups to investigate a business person relevant to THEIR world.

The students then joined together and collaborated their research onto a Glog. Click on the image of the Glog to see it! It contains some great interactive examples of Glogs featuring Steve Jobs, J.K. Rowling and the Google guys.

This assignment really captures what Glogster EDU is all about. Innovation, creativity and collaboration!

Come to our Webinars!

I’m excited to announce that the Glogster EDU team is starting up a series of regular Webinars. December’s Webinar topic is School and District Licenses. 

Learn how to use Glogster EDU to collaborate with your entire school or district, so ALL your teachers and students can get inspired! With a School or District License, your learners can interact with all the teachers in their community using a single student account. Jim, Brian, and Mike will guide you through all the basics of School and District Premium Licenses:  teacher invitations, student administration, the “3 P’s” (Projects, Presentations, and Portfolios), and more.

If you’ve been thinking about sharing Glogster EDU with your school or district or are just curious about how it works, please stop in! The Webinars usually last about an hour, and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions at the end.

You must register to attend. Registration is open to everyone, but only the first 100 attendees will be admitted to the Webinar, so get there early to secure your spot! The first Webinar is tomorrow — register below!

Register for Tuesday, December 13 at 5 PM EST

Register for Wednesday, December 14 at 3 PM EST

Register for Thursday, December 15 at 4 PM EST

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Register for Tuesday, December 27 at 5 PM EST

Register for Wednesday, December 28 at 3 PM EST

Hope to see you there!

Make your Wikis POP with Glogster EDU!

Guest post by Kevin Jarrett of NCS-Tech.

Just about everyone reading this will probably agree that Wikis (websites anyone can edit) are AWESOME, powerful tools that are great for use in education. My personal favorite wiki service, Wikispaces, offers a plethora of features and functionality along with a compelling, simple user interface (UI). They also offer free upgraded wikis to educators. What’s not to like?

Like Wikis...Well, since they are primarily text-based, wikis often lack visual appeal. I am reminded of the quote made famous in the 1990 Dudley Moore comedy Crazy People: “Buy Volvos. They’re boxy, but they’re good.” Wikis, too, are “boxy but good.” A typical wiki will use text content laid out via tables, possibly some embedded images and maybe a few HTML tricks to improve its appearance, but, wikis fundamentally lack direct support for graphical, interactive, animated user interfaces.

That’s where Glogster EDU comes in! Consider, as just one example, the fantastic eToolBox wiki curated by my friend and colleague Dianne Krause (follow her on Twitter –@diannekrause):

WSD eToolbox by Dianne Krause

(To see the Glogster component of Dianne’s wiki in it’s own full-screen glory, click here.)

Whoa! That’s a wiki? You betcha! As you can see the main content area of this wiki is chock full of crisp graphics, helpful animations (try mousing over some of the targets on that page), embedded video and more. That’s the power of Glogster EDU– it’s EASY to create STUNNING designs that help your visitors quickly locate the information they want on a wiki.

Here’s another example, one I did myself, for the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) 2011 convention, the largest gathering of its kind in the world:

Visit the High Tech Hall wiki: http://njea-hth-2011.wikispaces.com/

(And just for comparison sake, be sure to check out the alternate version I developed for iOS and other devices that don’t support Flash. What a difference!)

So how does this work? It’s pretty simple. The Glogster “front end” (as I call it) is built as the last step in the wiki creation process. You will need the wiki page addresses (URLs) for each of the sections (or “targets”) and some idea of how you want to lay out the page. You will use Glogster’s amazingly simple interface (shown below) to insert the link to each section using whatever Glogster design element you want.

Glogster editing interface

In other words, you basically build the Glogster to navigate to the various sections of your wiki by adding elements to the page with hyperlinks. (Doing so creates the nifty “pink circle” animation mouseover effect that confirms for the user they are about to click a hyperlink.) Once the Glog is done, you insert it using the Wikispaces “embed widget” – made even easier since Glogster and Wikispaces “talk to each other” and are directly integrated! See below!

Yep! That’s it! Build your wiki, create your Glog, embed, press OK, you’re done!

Glogster EDU is an amazing, powerful tool that lets you easily create interactive multimedia posters for any purpose. In this post, I’ve talked about how a Glog can enhance a wiki. You could easily use a Glog as a standalone website, since each Glog has its own unique URL. With unlimited storage, a huge collection of available graphics, the ability to upload your own media (images as well as video), and many eye-popping animations, Glogster EDU is a powerful tool for classroom use. One final note: the Glogster EDU learning curve is so gentle that kids teach themselves how to use it. Check out Glogster EDU today!

Kevin Jarrett is a Technology Facilitator, School District Webmaster, and Google Certified Teacher at Northfield Community School in Northfield, NJ.

Using Gloster EDU for Speech-Language Pathology

Guest post by Sean J. Sweeney, M.S., M.Ed., CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist, instructional technology specialist, and author of the blog SpeechTechie: Looking at Technology Through a Language Lens. This post first appeared as the final installment in SpeechTechie’s “Glogster EDU Week.”  Click here for the full list of posts.

So why should SLP’s care about Glogster?  You have seen/heard of a lot of potential applications for speech/language therapy over the course of the week, but here are a few more ideas for SLP-related Glogs:

  • Make a Glog with a series of stimulus pictures or videos related to a sound or phonological process, or phonemic awareness skills such as rhyming or recognizing word families —using Glogster’s audio recording feature!
  • Create Glogs to visualize, define and apply vocab lists.
  • Use Glogs to teach complex sentence formulation by developing a Glog each for key conjunctions (e.g. because, so, when, while, etc), or a Glog exploring a theme or topic with multiple featured conjunctions (and use student audio)!
  • Illustrate and demonstrate a repertoire of strategies in a Glog, such as listening, word retreival, or executive function strategies, with videos (perhaps student-created) serving as models/practice of the strategies.
  • Use Glogster as your Speech-Language Program home page linked to your school website, with links to helpful resources.
  • Glogster can be used to lend awareness to issues related to communication disorders and prevention, such as ASHA’s Better Speech and Hearing Month, CASLPA’s May Month, or TBI or Hearing Loss prevention. (Thanks@ndnspeechmom for your tweet regarding this idea).
And without further ado, a few more actual Glogs to serve as examples (click on the image to view the full interactive Glog):

Top 10 Glogs for Professional Development

Guest post by Beth Crumpler from Adaptive Learnin. (If you are interested in guest posting, please contact Jennifer at jennifer.wineke@glogster.com.)

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I have written several posts about Glogster EDU on my own blog, so I am  thrilled to be asked to contribute as a guest blogger. After brainstorming for a while and searching through Glogster EDU’s website for writing ideas, I came across some fabulous Glogs that contain web tech tools for teachers. I was so inspired by the resources that these Glogs contain that I decided it would be a great subject for my first guest blog contribution. I found many Web 2.0 websites for teaching and learning that I have never heard of, and some that I have heard of but never have used.

Glogster EDU is often promoted as a tool for students to create Glogs, or interactive posters, for assignments or projects. The following top 10 Glogs show how Glogster EDU can also be used by educators to create interactive posters for professional development. Glogs can be created for many purposes, and these 10 Glogs show off a few of the infinite possibilities as well as offer great learning experiences for teachers. I found these Glogs in the public technology categories section of Glogster EDU.

Here are my Top 10 Glogs for professional development resources: 

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