Announcing: Connect To The Revolution, an Ebook by Glogster EDU

Connect to the Revolution

Presenting Our Latest Ebook

Well, it’s been a voyage of discovery. Glogster EDU has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few years, and it has been a joy to be here, and to learn from every EDUcator and student using Glogster EDU for creative, innovative teaching and learning.

At Glogster EDU, we believe that education truly lasts a lifetime, and that it never ends. That’s why we keep learning and growing every day. We’ve got so many special things planned, and we’re so happy to have you all along for the ride.

We’ve been working on our latest creation for months, and we’re finally ready to share it with you in its final form. It’s our brand new Ebook: Connect to the Revolution: How Technology can Flip Education and How School May Never Be the Same (and why that’s a good thing). In it you’ll find dozens of new resources on digital education and flipped teaching, a history of education technology, and much more.

Download the Ebook Here!

 

It’s valued at $89, but it’s our Gift to You, absolutely FREE. We only ask that you share it with friends on Facebook, or Twitter, and email the link to your colleagues, and spread the word. 

Your Glogster Team

 

Go Sideways with Glogster EDU – Announcing the horizontal Glog®!

Teacher-blackboard-horizontFlip Your Classroom, and your Glogs! 

Yes, in a month of exciting announcements, including our Faculty Edition, and the introduction of many all-new features, it is no less of a pleasure to announce the arrival of the Horizontal Glog. You asked and we answered: the Horizontal Glog has been a popular request from our users, and we’ve worked hard to make sure it would blend seamlessly with all the great tools available to our Glogster EDU Premium users.

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The Horizontal Glog, as well as all templates and examples from Glogpedia, will be available to ALL USERS for a limited time only. It will remain available in the future as a Premium feature of all of Glogster EDU’s Premium Editions, but not to free users.

Some Neat Ideas for Horizontal Glogs

We’ve only just begun to think of unique ways the Horizontal Glog can be used for teaching and learning. Here are just a few of our initial ideas:

Make a Timeline or a Graph

The shape of the Horizontal Glog lends itself perfectly to timelines and graphs. The really special thing about a Glogster EDU timeline or graph is the ability to embed images, graphics and video to highlight events on a timeline, or information connected with different data points. Create an animated graph that shows the important points with moving arrows and other animations- the possibilities are endless!

Create a Brochure or Storybook Using Presentations

By combining the layout of the Horizontal Glog with the power of a Glogster EDU presentation, you can easily design a brochure or storybook about a student project, a field trip, or any other subject. Make a Glog Presentation about the classroom rules, for example, or print it out and place it somewhere in the classroom.

Publish a Horizontal Glog With Glogster EDU!

Glogster EDU’s Horizontal Glogs are fully embeddable in Wikispaces, and other websites. Share presentations of your Horizontal Glogs on your Classroom Blog, or school website, to show off work to parents, or make your lessons easily accessible from anywhere. Go anywhere with Glogster EDU!

How will you use Horizontal?

Share your Horizontal Glogs on Twitter with the hashtag #Gr8Glogs @GlogsterEDU, and show us what you come up with! We’ll retweet all our entries to our thousands of followers and fans! 

Glogster EDU Presents Faculty Edition! And Introducing our New Look!

Glogster EDU is proud to offer our latest creation: Glogster EDU Faculty Edition!

What is it?

More than just Glogster EDU Premium, the Faculty Edition is specially designed for a group of teachers and their students, led by an administrator, such as a librarian or media specialist. It is an interactive environment where multiple teachers can use Glogster EDU to achieve their common teaching goals.

Glogster EDU Faculty Edition is Community

What makes Faculty Edition special is its support for a community of educators and students working together. Teachers can collaborate with each other to accomplish projects and share lessons, helping each other to build wonderful student portfolios that can be shared and shown off in presentations to parents, and the school community. With Faculty Edition, the possibilities are boundless for creative cooperation.

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And it comes at a price too good to pass up. Less than 50 cents per student, per year, or less than a dollar per month for every teacher who uses it.

Introducing All New Features!

Aside from the Horizontal Glog which is also being released for all users today, Glogster EDU Faculty Edition features a new, completely innovative and unique Administrator Dashboard, and a complete Administrator Tour

Click Here to Check it Out!

Based on the powerful award winning User Interface tools developed by the creators of Twitter, Glogster EDU Faculty Edition’s new Administrator Dashboard (now also available as an option for all school and district administrators), is more powerful and easier to use than ever before.

Our New Look

The Glogster Team have been hard at work developing an all new user interface, that will soon set the standard for users across all editions of Glogster EDU Premium. The new look is clear and friendly, with easily readable fonts and very clear buttons and other interactive objects. More than just a look, Glogster EDU’s new interface is powerful as well, and allows for faster and more effective use of all administrator tools. We’re really excited about it, and we know you will be too once you get your hands on it. It’s really amazing!

Wait, There’s More? 

There’s More!

Even better, by popular request, the Glogster EDU team has developed a tour for all administrators- an interactive on-site explanation of all admin functions, accessible at any time. This is the most powerful and user friendly administration tool we’ve ever developed, and it will set a new industry standard.

There Couldn’t Possibly Be More!

There is!

Glogster EDU is excited to announce that we have begun work on many, many other improvements and new features. As we phase out the Classic Glog and begin focusing all of our energy on making the NextGen Glog even better, you’ll see boatloads of great new features being added. For example, we’re working on ways of integrating your own or your favorite Youtube Channel into the Glog editor, for even easier embedding of videos from your collection, or your favorite creators like Khan Academy, and SchoolTube.

We’re also working on a Glogster EDU Commons- a place where graphics and images uploaded by the Glogster EDU community can be tagged, used, and shared by others for creative teaching and learning- also accessible from the Glog Editor.

A Sneak Peek: The Horizontal Glog!

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At Glogster EDU, we work day and night preparing new features, templates, and the other bells and whistles that make Glogster EDU the beloved digital learning and creativity tool it has become. Well, we’ve been working on this one for a while, and we know you’ve been waiting for it!

Allow Us to Introduce: The Horizontal Glog!

Glogging takes us in all kinds of directions. Don’t be limited by formats. With the horizontal Glog, the possibilities of the Glog are even more endless than they were before- if that’s even possible!

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It’s so… wide!

Endless Possibilities + Horizontal Glog = Endless Possibilities Squared

(See? We did the math.)

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Here’s a Sneak Peek from our Lead Designer, Martin Santorci

What to Expect:

The Horizontal Glog will be rolled out very soon, and made available as a Premium Feature of Glogster EDU. It will also be available for a limited time to Free users, and Premium Trial users will have access during their trials. Included with this release will be a package of new templates to exploit the benefits of the Horizontal Glog, as well as other unannounced goodies!

Stay Tuned!

Saying goodbye to the classic glog: Hello NextGen!

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Since Glogster’s founding in 2007, the backbone of the Glogster experience has been what we have come to call the Classic Glog. By the beginning of the next school year, we will have phased out the Classic Glog editor, and replaced it completely with the NextGen Glog. For technical info on the reasons for this switch, read our post about it.

Introducing the NextGen Glog.

Introducing the NextGen Glog.

 Glogster’s newer, shinier, Gloggier, futuristic Glogging platform. 

History of EDU

Glogster EDU started as an offshoot of Glogster.com, “The Visual Social Network.”  We noticed right away that the tool was being used by teachers and students for creative expression and learning. Glogster EDU was born;  based on the same technology that had made Glogster.com so popular: the Glog. Three years after the launch of EDU, we are proud to say that we have won major awards, have over 10 million students, over one million teachers registered, and we get almost 50,000 new registrations at EDU every month.

The Glog

It all started with a simple idea.

Technology Marches On

At Glogster EDU, we work hard to stay at the forefront of new trends in education technology. We’ve been a pioneer voice in the Flipped Classroom movement, and have the securest online educational service out there. Our EDUcators and students look to us to lead the way.

The NextGen Glog

Beginning last year, we developed and launched a whole new Glogging Engine, which we called “G3″ or The NextGen Glog. The next-Gen Glog is viewable in HTML 5, meaning it is accessible on the iPad and any other mobile device without flash installed. In addition, it allows Re-Glogging: the ability to copy and redesign a Glog from Glogpedia, giving EDUcators the ability to use it as a lesson template or a starting point for a new project. Not only that, but the NextGen Glog is built to allow deeper integration with other services, such as Google Apps and Youtube, meaning that currently users of Glogster EDU can log in to Glogster EDU with Google, access videos on Youtube through their Google accounts, and will have increasing access to other Google Apps resources through Glogster EDU in the future. Screen Shot 2013-04-02 at 13.40.38

The Future with Flash

Adobe, creator of the Flash graphics platform, announced in late 2011 that it would discontinue work on mobile platforms, to focus on developing its desktop features. Since the Glog was based on Flash from the very beginning, this signaled a big change for us in how we would be able to work with Flash in the future. Since developing workable mobile applications is important to us, and will be a part of Glogster EDU’s future development plans, we developed an HTML 5 viewer for Glogster EDU, to allow Glogs to be viewable on any device produced by Apple, or using Google’s Android OS. As Adobe discontinues support for those devices, EDU will remain accessible, and we will be able to develop new applications that fit a changing digital education environment, increasingly focused on tablets.

Part of what this decision meant was that Flash would be changing more rapidly in the future, as Adobe worked to integrate it more fully with a desktop environment. Updates to the Flash platform meant that it would soon become impossible for Glogster EDU to continue to support its Classic Glog platform. A total rebuild of the Glogging platform was required to accommodate new changes in the way that Flash works. In launching the G3, NextGen Glog, Glogster EDU has been able to ensure that its future stability and usability across the broadest range of platforms remains at the same high standard.

What it means for Educators and Learners

For relative newcomers to Glogster EDU, the NextGen Glog is already a go-to tool. It allows more flexibility for teachers and students in using Glogster EDU’s great resources, and in collaborating on new projects. It also promises a future of greater integration with Google Apps and other web 2.0 tools that many teachers are already using, and are eager to integrate with Glogster EDU. The NextGen Glog will allow EDU to integrate calendar functions, new grading and rubric systems, and many other features that would not have been possible with the Classic Glog engine.

We Listened!

What about my old Glogs?

As the next school year approaches, we will be introducing special tools to “migrate” your existing Glogs over to the new NextGen Platform. When Glogster EDU turns off the Classic Glog editor for good, all of the remaining classic Glogs will be migrated to NextGen. As some minor changes may take place in the look and layout of a few Glogs during the migration process, we want to give our long-time Educators plenty of chances over the summer to look through their existing Glogs, and choose a time to upgrade, making sure everything is in order. Current users who have signed up in the past few months haven’t had access to the Classic Glog editor, and so they will not be affected by any of these changes.

More Stability, More Support

These changes not only allow Glogster EDU to offer you the best and latest version of Glogging technology, it also allows us to focus all of our attention on supporting ONE great platform for Glogging. The future with this new platform will see increased stability and speed, easier, richer, and quicker integration of many new features, and the addition of many pieces of new content, including new graphic libraries, a new Glogster EDU media commons as a compliment to Glogpedia, and improved communication, reporting, and community tools on Glogster EDU, along with other exciting developments we can’t even tell you about yet. The future with Glogster EDU is exciting! And we just can’t wait to share all that we have in store.

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.

Every time that program from Adobe is updated and downloaded to hundreds of millions of computers, thousands of companies around the world must also update the script, the code they use to interact with Flash, in order for it to work properly. In Glogster’s case, the script that the Classic Glog uses is no longer supported by Flash, and had to be completely rebuilt and replaced. This means that future versions of Flash will “ignore,” whether they work with certain types of scripts, in order to focus on newer scripts that have been developed. Many, many programs and many scripts have to be rewritten to comply with the new standards.

Last year, we introduced the NextGen Glog, and any new development and features, were created for NextGen instead of for the Classic Glog. While the Classic Glog remained more stable in the short term (it continued to work with Flash as it had before), any updates to Flash, as expected, have made various elements of the Classic Glog stop working. While temporary fixes can be and are being made, the only real solution to this issue will be to phase out the Classic Glog, and replace it completely with the NextGen Glog.

When is the Switch Happening?

New users of Glogster EDU have already been switched to NextGen. They don’t have access to Classic Glog creation at all.

Long time users will be transitioned to the Next Gen editor and viewer in steps: if a user opens a Classic Glog, it will be opened in the NextGen editor. Due to the many different sources of media on Glogster EDU, as well as the many versions of Flash that have been used to upload and save content, certain pieces of media may not display correctly when the Glog is first opened in the NextGen and will require some editing and then saving. This is unfortunate but unavoidable, as certain elements of Classic Glogs, based on a now unsupported script, are not compatible with the new version of Flash, and are thus not compatible with the NextGen Glog. There is a positive note though: this switch does give users an opportunity to categorize their old Glogs upon saving for easier searching, as well as make those Glogs available for ReGlog, which wasn’t a feature of the Classic Glog.

At the end of summer 2013, after all users have had a chance to review and update their libraries of Glogs (and we understand that in some cases, this may include a great number), we will auto-update all remaining Glogs in the classic format to NextGen.

 

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But Why?

While we would prefer that teachers who would like to remain with the Classic Glog be able to do so, continuing updates and changes to Flash are beyond our control, and it will become increasingly problematic to support two platforms. Because the script is no longer supported, Adobe will soon stop updating its developers on expected problems with compatibility in its new versions, which means that we would soon have no idea what potential incompatibilities Flash would have on any given day. This would greatly impact our high standard of performance, and would deliver a sub-par experience for Glogster EDU Educators and Learners -the most vital part of Glogster EDU.

I Tried NextGen and I Didn’t Like It.

If that’s the case, we know we can change your mind. There were some challenges when the NextGen Glog was first introduced, but we have been hard at work improving every aspect of the new editor. It is now faster, smoother, and more stable.  Aside from its more modern look, the ability to ReGlog and link your Google Youtube account to your Glogster account to easily integrate your favorite videos in Glogs, features that are already available, we have amazing new features planned for the NextGen Glog. In the future, thanks to the updates that we have made, Glogster EDU will be able to integrate more deeply with Google Apps, and incorporate all new features like Calendars, Grading and Rubrics, and things so exciting and new, we can’t even tell you about them yet.

 

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The Glogster QUIZ Results!

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The Glogster Quiz

Welcome EDUcators! We had a lot of fun last week making up our Glogster Quiz and seeing so many responses. The winners will be notified by email about the special drawing to be held for participants and winners of the quiz only.

To participate in the quiz, check #Glogsterquiz on Fridays for a link. The Quiz is active from Friday to Sunday at midnight. RT (ReTweet) the quiz on Twitter for extra chances to win prizes.

Some prizes for the last quiz included: A guest post on the Glogster EDU blog, a Free Year of Glogster EDU premium, and an Upgrade from 125 to 200 Students for a Premium Educator.

Quiz Questions and Answers

Chemisty: Which of the Following is Not a “noble gas?” *

  •  Helium
  •  Radon
  •  Krypton
  •  Xenon
  •  Hydrogen

The noble gases are typically noted for their tendency to be non-reactive. They make up group 18 of the Periodic Table. Hydrogen, the simplest of all elements, readily combines with most non-metallic elements and is present in most organic compounds. Hydrogen makes up most of the mass of the universe in the form of stars and plasma. 

Biology: James Watson and Francis Crick first described the double-helix structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in the journal Nature in what year? *

  •  1961
  •  1951
  •  1953
  •  1957

James Watson and Francic Crick authored the paper: “Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid,” in 1953 and had it published on April 25th of that year in the journal Nature. The article they published was a keystone of research into the origins of life. 

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Our DNA also has a Glogomine base-pair.

History: Every sitting US President since Jimmy Carter has made an official visit to the United Kingdom. Who was the first U.S. President to do so? *

  •  Thomas Jefferson
  •  Millard Fillmore
  •  Woodrow Wilson
  •  Franklin D. Roosevelt

Amazingly, no sitting United States President ever made a trip abroad before 1906, when Theodore Roosevelt visited the Panama Canal. While US Presidential trips have become very common in the modern age, no President of the United States ever visited Europe (while he was President), before Woodrow Wilson, who visited Europe for 7 months after the end of the First World War. 

Here is some archive footage of his official visit to the UK during that period: 

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Politics: In 1993, The Republic of Czechoslovakia was split into two nations: The Czech Republic, and the Slovak Republic. This split has been nicknamed: *

  •  The Velvet Revolution
  •  The Velvet Schism
  •  The Velvet Divorce
  •  The Velvet Dissolution

We have to admit, we were a bit tricky with this question! While popular culture is very familiar with the Velvet Revolution, the peaceful dissolution of the former Warsaw Pact and the withdrawal of Russian troops that culminating in the touching spectacle of thousands of Czechs and Slovaks jangling their keys on Wenceslas Square in 1989 to symbolize the opening of a new era. 

What some don’t know is that the split of the two regions that made up Czechoslovakia, now the Czech and Slovak Republics, was nicknamed the “Velvet Divorce,” for its model of peaceful cooperation. The nations divided their resources 2 to 1, with the Czech Republic getting the larger share. Today, the nations are still very friendly, and as members of the European Union, they are close allies. 

Geography: Which of the following countries does not border the Republic of Iran *

  •  Armenia
  •  Afghanistan
  •  Georgia
  •  Turkmenistan
The Republic of Iran is bigger than many people realize, bordering Turkey and Iraq to the west, and Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Turkmenistan to the East. It is connected by a narrow strip of territory to Armenia, and it shares the Caspian sea with Azerbaijan. However, it shares no borders with Georgia. 

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Thanks to those who took part in the #GlogsterQuiz, and we’ll see you this Friday for our next installment!

10 NEW Education Infographics We Love! EduTrends Friday

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Did you know that Glogster EDU was active on Pinterest? Well we are, and it won’t be a surprise to hear that we’re visual learning types. We LOVE infographics, and working creatively with visual information. So we’ve rounded up 10 of the latest infographics in Education that we think say something important.

What are the vital elements of a good infographic for us? Valuable data (and lots of it!), engaging design and pictures, a logical flow of information (cause and effect demonstrated), and a strong conclusion. A great infographic isn’t just a fancy way of broadcasting a message: it is an elegant argument for a new idea, or a new way of looking at an old problem. Here are some favorites:

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Habits of Successful Flipping: Timelining and Planning Ahead. EduTeach Wednesday.

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Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 12.36.24It seems as if some of the writers over at Edudemic must be reading the Glogster Blog these days, because yesterday, they wrote the post we were planning to write today! The fourth part in our Flipping the Classroom Series: Timelining and Planning Ahead. 

But not to worry. We’ve got more than a few tricks up our sleeves. So we bring you our tips for Timelining and Planning your new Flipped Classroom.

Timeline

While we’ve posted a bit in the past about brainstorming and organization using calendars and other software, timelining is a little different. More than a plan, your timeline and master plan is a roadmap for not just you, but everyone connected to your new blended digital classroom.

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Make a timeline that is rich and engaging with Tiki Toki, a relatively easy to use, and free online program that allows you to create interactive timelines, complete with different media to demonstrate the process you will follow in flipping your classroom. Your timeline is more of a proof of concept: it shows that the tools exist to explain everything your parents and fellow teachers need to know about your plans, meaning that when they meet with you, they can discuss the more important details, instead of covering the basics of your plan.

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Now if you’ll all turn to section C-11 of the B Appendix, for information on Child device use policy in the event of a sandstorm occurring unexpectedly…

Plan Communication

This is a big failure point for effective change in the classroom. Spending your time communicating the same information, again and again, to different people (parents, other teachers, administrators, etc), is exactly what you are trying to avoid doing, by using the flipped approach. We will discuss this more in the upcoming Habit for Successful Flipping: Seek Variety, and Keep up with Social Media, and we discussed this a bit already in Be Organized, as well as our blog post about what social media teachers should be using but it bears some attention here as well.

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Make a Map (A Mind Map!)

Your communication plan is your “roadmap,” for how you communicate information and make that information available to students, and to teachers. It starts with a list of resources you will use, such as the Twitter application Hootsuite, or the mass texting application Remind101, as well as your resource websites, discussed here (we plan on expanding our talk about resource curation in a future blog post… stay tuned!).

Your roadmap is more than just this list however. It consists of your “rules,” for communicating with parents and students, and defines what information these parties can expect from you, and in what format. These rules apply to both you and your students together. This means, for example, that you will not hold students responsible for an assignment if it is not posted on Twitter, but you can expect that your students will be responsible for knowing what is on your Pinterest boards, or for checking their twitters after a certain time period every evening.

This roadmap is of a two-way street: you follow your rules, and your students follow them as well. Once you have communication channels and specific criteria for giving assignments and for digital responsibilities that the students have, stick with the rules. This is why planning and choosing your resources is so important. Any vacillation will be seen as a sign by students and parents that your system isn’t working, so pick a system that will work, and use it!

Develop Your PLN (Personal Learning Network)

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Building your PLN can be a process of trial and error. You want more trial, and less error. So do your reading first. Some vital tips to guide you through the process:

Keep your personal life, and your “teacher identity” completely separate.

Go so far as to only conduct your teaching work on one browser, such as Google Chrome, and your personal affairs in Firefox. This will save you forgetting who you’re supposed to be talking to, and who you’re supposed to be at any given time. Keep an email address associated with your teacher materials and socials, and don’t use it for anything personal. This way, your “teacher identity” is easy to switch off on weekends, or vacations, but also easy to switch back on when you need to access it. The only exception to this rule is Facebook, which does not allow multiple identities to be used. No bother here: a Facebook Page solves this problem- just never forget that what you post as yourself will lead your students back to your own personal timeline

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I’ve seen this character before somewhere…

Use your PLN for professional development.

Your PLN is more than just social networking and chatting. It is content curation and sharing. It is a snapshot of you as a professional. Find and observe other effective teachers, and see how they use their PLN to get things done, and to grow as professionals.
Be consistent, but also varied. Post on a regular schedule. Don’t let a day or two go by without “tending” your PLN. It’s like a garden- it needs care to grow. The more tended it is, the better a resource it can be. You’ll find after a while that it becomes more and more useful as a resource, an inspiration, and a tool.

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Yes my pretties… like my status. Repin me… I will soon rule.

Don’t be a packrat.

This one is tough, but as with the garden metaphor, social media and content has a lot of “weeds,” or content and content sources that are not very good, or consistent, or up to date. Follow everyone for a while, but if you don’t get clean, consistent and good content from a source for a long while, consider deleting, unfollowing, and ignoring nuisance or irrelevant sources.

Divide and Conquer

Don’t do everything in one place! Each content source or communication tool has strengths and weaknesses. Don’t use Twitter to curate content, use a more appropriate service like Scoop.it or Mashable. Don’t use Pinterest to communicate either: Pinterest is passive and impersonal. Use the tools the way they are intended to be used. Observe others, and follow the “rules” of any given network, spoken or unspoken.

Take a left at the timeline, and don't stop till you see a large bird with a chat bubble floating above its head. Then you're there.

Take a left at the timeline, and don’t stop till you see a large bird with a chat bubble floating above its head. Then you’re there.§

Crosspost

 That said, you should interconnect your different platforms to allow your followers, students, teachers, parents and professional connections to skip between your different social networks and content streams seamlessly. Do this by tweeting your pins and scoops, or embedding your pins in blog posts, and then tweeting those. Use all your networks as platforms for displaying your activities on other networks: this gives all your followers and connections a chance to experience your content and communication in the form most relevant to them for any purpose.

What say you? 

What are your effective habits for Flipped Teaching? How do you plan ahead and roadmap your way to success? What tools and rules of communication do you use? We’d love to hear from you!

10 Cool Uses for an Old iPad in the Classroom Edtech Monday

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Seems Legit

Seems Legit

Do you have an old iPad hanging around at home, that you don’t have any use for? Maybe you upgraded to a new iPad HD, and your iPad 1 or 2 is languishing in a desk drawer? Put that sucker to use in your classroom in a fun, creative way!

1. An Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements

Oxygen and Potassium went out on a date. It Went OK.

Oxygen and Potassium went out on a date. It Went OK.

Create or purchase some kind of iPad wall mount, or hangable frame, or just place the iPad in a convenient place at the front of your science classroom. Leave the iPad on TouchPress.com’s Period Table of the Elements iPad app. At a cost of about $14, this dynamic app provides examples of real world objects composed of different elements, live data from Wolfram Alpha  (the same knowledge database used by Siri), and other goodies. This standalone information center will be a great resource for students, and may interest them in doing some research about chemistry and physics on their own time.

2. A Standalone Dictionary or Encyclopedia

iPad iPad on the wall, who was the first President of them all?

iPad iPad on the wall, who was the first President of them all?

Like the Table of the Elements, an old iPad can make a great wall mounted class Dictionary or Encyclopedia.  Don’t feel comfortable referring students to Wikipedia? Well, unfortunately Encyclopedia Britannica cancelled their printed editions last year. But not to worry! All that great, reliable content is available to you through the Britannica App, for iPad. And at just a few dollars a month for a subscription (much of the content is also free), we think this has… certain advantages over the last edition of Britannica to be printed in 2010, which weighed 130 pounds and cost thousands of dollars.

Or, for an English class, any of a number of well-reviewed dictionary apps is the perfect resource for students. No more thumbing through the pocket Websters- now students have access to the complete dictionary, and none of the pages will be ripped out or crumpled.

3. An Interactive StoryBook

For younger learners, thousands of StoryBook apps are available. During reading or free play, why not give access to a storybook app of your choice for well-behaved students?

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Apps like Don’t let the Pigeon Run this App!, an adaption of his Pigeon Book series, are perfect for preschoolers and kindergarten students, for a relaxing activity that is also creative, and not overstimulating. For fans of The Magical Schoolbus series (we were big fans when we were in school), it’s nice to know that yes, there’s an app for that too! 

4. A Glog a Day: A Glogster EDU Learning Station 

Glogs make us all artists

Glogs make us all artists

We got inspiration from one teacher who described a Glogster Learning Station. Using a desktop computer, the teacher first creates a content rich Glog, related to the topics being worked on in the current unit. Then, the teacher logs into Glogster EDU from the iPad, and displays the Glog on a wall mounted iPad, accessible to the whole class for reference. Alternatively, the teacher can also create a Glog roll, and display a revolving mix of student Glogs and Learning Station Glogs, that students can access at any time on the iPad.

6. Picture of the Day: Your Classroom Pinboard

We want to see this movie...

We want to see this movie…

Nasa has hosted a “Picture of the Day” blog for many years. Tune your classroom iPad to Nasa’s picture of the day, or check out similar features from National Geographic, or many other magazines and websites. Try the Pinterest App, and curate a whole pin board full of photos in your classroom subject, and let your students explore interesting new content every day.

7. An Interactive Classroom Globe

I see London, I see France...

I see London, I see France…

Using the Google Earth App, give your students access to a powerful resource, allowing them to interact with world geography, culture and history all in one place. A dedicated iPad globe, mounted somewhere in the classroom, will encourage students to get up and look for information on countries and geographic areas being discussed in class. This beautiful and fun app will encourage students to interact with geography, and remember what they have learned. Show the students how to take screenshots, and you can post the photos they take on Pinterest, or save them for students to use in their Glogs, or print them and display them in the classroom, giving students a feeling of strong connection with their interests.

8. An Interactive Virtual Telescope 

I don't remember that being there...

I don’t remember that being there…

With Star Walk, students with an interest in astronomy and mythology together can view the world through the eyes of an interactive telescope. Point the iPad in any direction, and see a live rendering of the stars currently in the sky, including the sun. This app can be used at any time of day, and can be used to observe stars in a 360 degree sphere, allowing students to grasp concepts about the movement of the Earth in the solar system (with sister app Solar Walk), and the movement of the horizon, as well as observe stars not visible during the day. It can also be used inside the classroom, and on an iPad without a camera. Save screenshots of student observations for use in your lessons.

9. An Interactive Class Calendar

Using iCal, integrated with Google Calendars, you can create a classroom calendar that any student can have access to. By sharing this calendar with parents and other teachers, you can create a calendar which parents and other teachers can use to inform you of upcoming events, such as children’s birthdays, and extracurricular events for each student.  Updates to the class calendar can then automatically sync to the iPad, allowing you or any of your students to access it, and even add events to it. Students can each have their own calendar sections, allowing them to view instructions from their parents, or from you, and track upcoming assignments and other information, all in one place. imgres

10. Interactive Wall Art

Choose from one of a myriad of artistic Ipad apps. Your Wall mounted iPad can serve as the creative outlet for any student feeling inspired. Art can be saved and printed, or displayed in an ongoing slide show.

A timeless classic

A timeless classic

What say you? 

How would you use an old iPad in a creative way in your classroom? Share pictures and stories with us here, on the Glogster Blog, or on Twitter and Facebook!

Habits of Successful Flipping: Be Adaptable

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When you first got an AOL account, you probably thought you were sitting at the pinnacle of technological achievements. Your computer could dial a local phone number, and you could “log on,” to receive messages instantly. Incredible! But technology has progressed since 1994, and today, the rate of advance can be dizzying. But that doesn’t mean you have to be an IT wizard- quite the opposite. Technology doesn’t solve anything on its own. It just means that you need to be willing to add tools, take tools away, and change processes if and when they don’t work.

And your view of yourself will have to change as well. A Flipped Classroom needs a flipped teacher, and that means you have to be comfortable not being in front of the class all the time. It also means you may need to be comfortable in front of a webcam, recording lessons for your students. If you’re camera shy like us, that’s not always the easiest thing in the world. Work with your strengths- maybe you just need to record your voice, or maybe there’s another solution: a husband or a wife, or a friend could volunteer to narrate your video lectures. Just as the Flipped approach teaches us: there are many solutions to a single problem.

Difficult though it may be to imagine, experts predict that by the year 2000, computers may play a role in many daily activities.

Difficult though it may be to imagine, experts predict that by the year 2000, computers may play a role in many daily activities.

As part of Getting Organized, you should have a list or a mind map of the tools you are planning to use in the classroom. Remember to evaluate and adjust your usage of those tools in light of your experiences with them. If you were very excited about a particular tool, but didn’t use it much, think about why. Do you need to include it in a different phase of preparation? Do you need to discard it from your list of resources? Maybe it isn’t as shiny and great as you thought it would be- or maybe you just aren’t comfortable enough with it to use it effectively… yet.

We do this for a living, but believe us. keeping up with apps and new edtech services is not an easy job. Lists of how iPads and other Tablets will be used in schools in the future seem often to magically assume that the addition of a piece of technology is going to improve your ability to educate. But without preparation and careful planning, these tools will be less than a help to you. Your job, whether you like it or not, has changed to incorporate technology research, on top of keeping up with your own area of teaching.

What say you? What are your effective habits for Flipped Teaching? How do you stay flexible and up to date? Share it here, on Twitter or on Facebook.

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