What is the “Revolution,” and what does it mean?

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What is the “Revolution?”

These days we’re seeing this word “Revolution,” used a lot in talk about the shifting paradigms in education. Perhaps you’re tired of hearing it. It seems that “The Education Revolution,” with its harbinger of new technologies and “smarter” classrooms, has been coming for a long time. Is it here? What is it? What does it mean?

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We’ve been nominated!

Dear EDUcators,

Glogster EDU is a finalist for an EDUblog award! A big “THANK YOU” to all for nominating Glogster EDU. Please help us win the category of Free Web Tool, by voting using the instructions below.

Go to the voting page and select Free Web Tool from the drop down list labeled “Which category would you like to vote in”
Then, choose Glogster EDU from the list of nominees and click “vote.”

And that’s it! We appreciate your support.

Please remember that only ONE vote per category per day will be counted from each IP address, so please encourage your students/colleagues to vote for Glogster EDU as well, making sure they do so from a different computer or from home.

Thanks again, and happy Glogging!

The 2012 Edublog Awards

Today we would like to offer our contributions for the 2012 Edublog awards. After careful consideration and research, we have compiled our choices in the following list:

Best Individual Blog- Beth Crumpler- AdaptiveLearnin
Best Group Blog- Donna Criswell- SPS Technology in the Classroom
Best New Blog-Daniela Bunea- http://danielabunea.edu.glogster.com/
Best Class Blog- James Gorcesky- Creative Articles and Media Arts
Best Edtech/Resource sharing- Lynda Hall- The De-Tech-Tive 4 Teachers
Best Teacher Blog-Sylvia Guinan- sylviasenglishonline
Best Educational Wiki-Rositsa Mineva- EnglishClassroomBG
Best Educational use of a social network: Mihaela Rusu- “Best of the Best”
Best open PD/Unconference/Webinar series- Lucian Duma- “My #edtech20 Presentation on Global Education Conference #globaled10”
Best Individual Tweeter: @web20classroom
Best Twitter Hashtag: #edtech
Best Free Webtool- Symbaloo
Best Mobile App- nearpod

Happy Glogging!

Mix Math and Music in a Glog for a Chance to Win a $3000 Grant!

NCTM (National Council for Teacher of Mathematics) are offering grants of $3000 to educators or groups of educators teaching Mathematics to k-2 students. Proposals on a topic combining music and mathematics will be accepted until November 9, 2012.

Why not use Glogster EDU in your proposal? Glogster EDU is the perfect tool for incorporating music and video in learning. Let your students’ skills shine!

If you are a premium user, you could even utilize a Glog that has been reGlogged like this one to feature the combination of music and math in your classroom.

Check out the NCTM website for more details.

Best of luck, and Happy Glogging!

Saving Memory … with a Glog

This term in Media, Art and Design we are thinking about our school – us. I told my groups the two stories I’ve made into videos for this Glog, about the way places are inextricably linked with memory.

We know for a fact our Portacabin building will be dismantled when we close in the summer. It’s much less clear what will happen to the grounds, but in the current economic climate we think it unlikely the grounds will stay unsold for any length of time.

Those of us who knew the the pre-fire school, are inclined to think of the building we are in is temporary;  for our students though, it’s the only St. Felix they have known and will have just as many memories as I have of my primary school (how long have you got?).

I’ve never re-visited but knowing it is still there has meant I’ve never had to consider my feelings if it were demolished and built over. The first video on the Glog below describes how one scene of childhood memories was transformed.

The second is about the stories that float invisibly over particular places.

Woww!

Woww!

Every Wednesday we will be providing new, educational material when you log into your Glogster EDU account. We’d like to refer to them as “Words of Wisdom Wednesdays” After you log in, you will see great tips and tricks on your Dashboard designed to help inspire, inform, and guide you.

WOWWednesdays start tomorrow so be sure to log in so you won’t miss any of the enriching materials we have in store for you.

Happy Glogging!

Be Famous with Glogpedia!

Glogster EDU loves the Glogs that you make and we know others would too. To build a truly rich and unique resource of the Glogs with educational content, save your Glogs as “public” and make them available to other Glogster EDU teachers.

Why is it so important to save your Glog as “public”?

When you save your best Glogs as “public” we can make them “public for re-glog”.

Contribute to the Glogpedia!  Save those Glogs you think would benefit other teachers and students, in your school, and your Glogster EDU community. Reward yourself and publish your Glog! Share your knowledge and expertise with other Glogster EDUcators today.

Happy Glogging!

Glogster EDU is helping sponsor EdCamp Colorado and EdCamp Chicago 2012!!!

EdCamp

On Saturday, October 13, Flagstaff Academy in Longmont, CO is hosting EdCamp Colorado and on October 20th, East Leyden High School in Chicago is hosting EdCamp Chicago. These EdCamps are all-day professional learning “unconferences” open to ALL educators. The agenda for these free events will come together the morning of the event, based on what attendees want to learn, explore, or share.

Topics will include flipping the classroom, best practices for inquiry-based learning, and much more. The focus will not be exclusively tech-based, but a mix of sessions that are relevant to education.

Sign up is easy! Visit the EdCamp Colorado website, and/or the EdCamp Chicago website to reserve your tickets today!

Is Immersion into Education with a Glog Possible? Part II.

The organizational schemes of teaching are also completely changing; from the traditional computer lab to projecting a PC in the classroom (which are still ICT oriented to the teacher), to netbook classrooms. Things have advanced to the point we can now retire this model. New technologies have turned educational methods 180 degrees around and have started to become more pupil-oriented. Digital immersion is no longer a fairytale.

On the other hand, what is the reality in classrooms? The current model of interactive education involves a teacher jumping in front of the IWB and clicking on hotspots with very little student participation on the board itself. We can’t be surprised that interactivity has resulted in an increased number of passive students seated behind desks. This is completely true because a typical modern teacher tries to be interactive, but because he or she doesn’t accept the PC as a personal tool, they have their own difficulties working with it, and therefore don’t have time to follow what activities are taking place behind the desks.

The true immersion of pupils is the only way to start a structural revolution. Not a slow-paced evolution, but a rapid and fast revolution that is ongoing from one minute to the next. The spark of this revolution is present in online applications that are strongly dedicated to education.

Regardless of what technology is used in school, TCO (total costs of ownership) determines the effectiveness of education. This problem is crucial and will never be overcome until technology is owned by the students. What we really need are individual devices, simple tools and portability.

The early birds have already flown. The first touchpads, tablets, iPads and so on are now extremely popular.  Having them is more or less a “fashion statement” and those who haven’t got them are simply not “in”.

The same activities are now prevailing in business firms. Cloud technologies have cut tremendous costs on software for both businesses and schools. In the Czech Republic, this is also utilized by e-Government, when eGON is accompanied by KLAUDIA.

“Cloud technologies” represent a new area of digitalization in which users share their tools online and can access their files from anywhere. Applications such as Google Docs and Live@edu are easily accessible and could be an alternative to the previously mentioned nightmare of licensing individual software for schools.  The reduction of costs is immediately noticeable and some of the schools using this approach are very satisfied. We should support and share more information about this possibility.

Students today have had real difficulty in understanding text and link issues, as teaching is very often boring and old-fashioned. On the other hand, pupils are capable of using such technologies in social networking and so on — though this is not for their own self-education, of course.

Project and team education is part of every school’s charter and goals, but these are often just dreams that are never realized — after all, we still insist on the chalk-age, frontal method of teaching.

So it is probably quite typical that a very successful online tool, Glogster, was born in the Czech Republic and is very popular to those overseas. Despite not being well-known in Europe, it has been listed among the 100 best educational tools for the last 4 years.

Glogster is a graphic blog, which provides users with unlimited use of all available forms of media, and  is structured on flash programming. The application is now available to view in HTML5, so the issue of its insignificance in Europe will be overcome in a very short period of time.

A combination of text, images, sounds and videos gives the author a good opportunity to present his or her opinions, and the online community is an ideal way to share them. In an age when all teenagers are on Facebook, we can understand why this platform has received such an incredible response. Teens have the ideal tool to express their new virtual identities, and even have tools to comment on the attempts of those who oppose them. Perhaps most interesting is that, according to demographic user tools (see graph), we can even see an overgrowth of users.. It is clear that this tool is very popular among teens that are keen on showing off in an unorthodox way. 7 million registered participants are an incredibly large group of people who are open to a new style of education.

It is also obvious that after the phenomenal success of the tool, it was only a small step to a more sophisticated online educational application: Glogster EDU. Social graphic networking became a new environment for virtual education. This new, creative application, together with LMS, facilitates an advanced and sophisticated way to share content, presentations and various other materials.

A product using this modification recently won various awards in world education exhibitions, such as the f.e. ISTE Technology Award for the year 2011. It would also be fantastic to see this tool used by various countries f.e. during projects organized by the Asia-Europe Classroom Network. Next year, this product will be used in Greece, Malaysia, Italy, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany and others. The product of a small European country has really become a global educational tool.

Our students aren’t just sitting in traditional classrooms of the past; they also live in a global environment. It is exciting to follow students as they share their ideas through Glogs in both funny and exciting ways.

The Glog – A New Interactive Tool for Schools? Part I: General Background

The GLOG – a new interactive tool for schools?

An incredible development has been launched in the field of digital technology and it’s clear that the possibilities for sensible, practical applications in the classroom have been given a new horizon.  It was only ten years ago that IWBs were leading-edge technology, but I dare say they’ve already come to be known as tools from an ancient age. It is, of course, necessary to add that even such outdated technology is not becoming obsolete even though it is incredibly expensive for the majority of schools. When discussing interactive learning, the outside observer only sees the interactive whiteboard hanging on the wall, but the real education comes not from the hardware itself, but rather the software and its content.

The gist of education is not technological hardware, but schools are primarily in favour of purchasing it. It’s odd the way expensive interactive whiteboards are bought in schools and these firms can be quite maddening in their attempts to persuade the principal to only buy their own hardware. Schools are the focus of all dealers, be it good or bad, and it’s quite complicated for most teachers to find a proper solution in this situation. Interactive education is, in the teacher’s mind, mainly connected with whiteboard-on-board.  In an informal poll, 70% of teachers believed that, without board-on-board, it is practically impossible to use interactive objects directly for education.  This is a disturbing statistic.

Interactive education is primarily about the activity that takes place onscreen, not about the texture or ceramics from which the screen is made.

“Traditional interactive whiteboards present one serious problem: the licensing of authoring tools being restricted to specific hardware. This bundle is a real nightmare for a lot of educators and means that you are only free to use such software on screens from the same vendor.

Such bundling causes other problems in schools:

  • Teachers very rarely change from one technology to another, as his or her digital objects can’t be effectively converted for other types of boards.
  • New organizational problems arise when classes are changed, pupils run for IWB lessons,
  • Schools are then dependent on one type of technology and they become donors to industrial development.

In reality, thanks to the online community, we are able to share educational content very elegantly by virtue of various online tools that are accessible from all platforms such as Mac, Windows, Android, Bada and so on. Ideally, we reach toward a moment when the pupil will learn from educational content everywhere, from everything and at any time – at home, in the park, in school or at the swimming pool…nearly everywhere, if we are able to persuade him or her that it’s worth trying. In an age when a crucial attribute of recent times is social networking, this is not a surprise. Unfortunately, in the European Union, rarely can we find excellent examples showing real education for the 21st century.  One such rare example is eTwinning.

Schools, and classes themselves, have become impenetrable fortresses of conservatism and traditionalism which is only furthered by:

  • Low-level digital competency of teachers
  • Teachers’ unwillingness to learn new things and venture into areas where kids are naturally adept, because teens are able to adapt more easily and quickly than the majority of adults
  • The necessity to be “in”
  • Low-level language literacy in countries where English is a non-native language of teachers

It is also plain to see that, with ever-changing technology, methodology must change rapidly as well, and those changes will influence educators as well. We have to educate new teachers for the 21st century.

Join our “Bloggers Guild!”

Attention Awesome Bloggers!!

Glogster EDU is looking for some active and interested bloggers to join our “Bloggers Guild”. We need writers who enjoy learning about and teaching with 2.0 tools, trying out new educational technologies, and know and love Glogster EDU.

What is the “Bloggers Guild?”

The “Bloggers Guild” is an ever-growing group of educational bloggers who, from time-to-time, create blog posts about Glogster EDU to inform the public about announcements, releases or events. In return, we promote via social network post and link back to the blogger’s blogs, increasing traffic and views.

How do I sign up?

If you think you have what it takes to be part of our Glogster EDU Bloggers Guild, send an email request to stephanie.lachman@glogster.com, and we will reply directly with additional directions regarding participation.

Happy Glogging (and blogging!)

Your Glogster EDU team