5 Ways to Use Video in Glogster

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a video worth? Video is one element that is sure to make a glog stand out and grab students’ attention. While it’s easy to find an appropriate and informative clip on YouTube or SchoolTube, some of our most creative gloggers include videos they’ve made themselves. A video can provide a guide through a glog’s contents, or a response to them, becoming the focal point of a presentation or a helpful aside as needed. With the Glogster iPad app, video elements have taken on even more possibilities, as clips can be recorded directly onto the glog via the iPad’s camera. However, whether you’re using an iPad, a camera, or a camera phone, it’s easy to make a statement using video on Glogster. We’ve put together some bite-sized pieces of inspiration to help you make your glog the star of the show:

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Celebrating an iPad App Milestone

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Four months after we released our Glogster iPad application, we have hit a major milestone: 250,000 downloads! That means that a quarter of a million students and teachers worldwide are glogging on the go, carrying the entire Glogpedia library with them on their devices and creating glogs the moment that inspiration hits. We want to thank all of you, not just for contributing to this significant number, but also for your valuable feedback in the early stages of the app’s continued development. We’ve loved hearing stories and seeing images of what you and your learners can achieve with our tool, and we’ve been inspired by your ideas for future updates. In so many ways, we couldn’t have achieved this without you, and we’re proud that Glogster for iOS has found a home in so many learning spaces around the world.

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Introducing GlogStar – Alyssa Morell

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No sooner did we set out on our mission to grow Glogpedia than our users started creating some of the highest quality content that Glogster has ever seen! While Glogpedia is a fantastic source for inspiration, we thought some glogs deserved a special mention due to the hard work and creativity that set them apart from the rest. We had the pleasure to ask some of our most ingenious gloggers about their creations, and now we have the privilege of sharing them with you. Each month we will introduce you to another GlogStar – the creative individuals who are inspiring our users to create great glogs. This week we will kick off the series with Fifth Grader Alyssa Morell from Oakfield Elementary School, who created a heartfelt and informative glog on chimpanzee conservation:

Alyssa’s teacher, Aaron Schepp, told us that he chose Glogster as the medium for a class project on endangered animals. “Alyssa spent a lot of time working on this project,” he tells us, and it only takes one look at the glog to see the proof of that!

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5 Ways to Present with Glogster

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We believe that learning to present knowledge is just as important as learning the facts themselves. Presentation is a lifelong skill, building confidence, creativity, and an understanding of how to make knowledge approachable. Unfortunately, from science fairs to sales pitches, presentations all too often resort to the same dry formula, resulting in a loss of audience attention and ultimately a loss of the presenter’s confidence.

Fortunately, Glogster offers a plethora of ways to make any presentation a talking-point, and make facts unforgettable. We’ve put together five ways to use Glogster in a presentation, either as the foundation for the entire talk, or as the multimedia icing on the cake. And while these ideas are perfect for inspiring confidence in your students, they might just inspire you as well!

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Create Perfect Citations with Glogster and EasyBib

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We all know that the internet is a powerful tool for discovering and sharing knowledge, and that as users of that tool, we have a duty to give appropriate credit to the creators of websites, articles, images, videos and other digital sources used in glogs, projects and essays. But did you know that creating proper and professional citations need only take a few minutes?

Glogster have teamed up with EasyBib to create a free one-stop resource for citing online and digital media. Comprising of the e-book, A Visual Guide to Citing Online & Digital Sources in MLA 7, and a printable handout for learners, this packet provides easy-to-follow examples of citations for everything from e-books and scholarly articles to tweets and youtube videos! Continue reading

Looking Back, Thinking Forward

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The holiday season is well and truly over, and a brand new year sits ahead like a blank page. While educators are recovering from their well-deserved celebrations and learners are immersing themselves in the new semester, the Glogster team is looking back fondly at a year filled with exciting new developments for us and our constantly-growing community of users.

2014 saw the worldwide Glogster family grow to over 1.9 million educators and over 17 million students, who created over five million beautiful glogs, six thousand of which made it into the Glogpedia library. It remains a privilege and a pleasure to be at the centre of this burgeoning educational community, watching our users inspire and be inspired by fellow gloggers’ creations.

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VAT Changes for Glogster Customers in EU

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On January 1, 2015, value-added tax (VAT) rates for our products will change for all territories in the European Union. VAT will be based on the customer’s country of residence instead of being the same across all EU territories. If you are not resident in the EU, these changes won’t apply to you.

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Innovative Teaching with the iPad: Part 4

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This post is the final installment of an ongoing series, building on Glogster Ambassador Joli Barker’s featured post from 2013, and updating her great ideas with the Glogster iPad app in mind. We have already looked at fresh ways to innovate in the classroom, with homework, and in our communications.

This week, we’re taking a look at unique ways to show off students’ work to parents, each other, and the wider school community. There are many reasons to celebrate our students’ achievements, whether academic, creative, sporting or personal – and now with the Glogster iPad app, there are just as many ways to take pride in our students and display their skills and successes in a way that compliments their own creativity.

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Innovative teaching with the iPad: Part 3

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This post is part of our ongoing series, examining guest writer Joli Barker’s 2013 post, 40+ Ways to Innovative Teaching Using Glogster EDU. Joli offered some fantastic ideas for maximizing Glogster’s potential in your classroom, and maximizing your students’ potential while you’re at it! We are looking at some of her innovations, and updating them with the Glogster iPad app in mind. If you haven’t had a chance to download the app yet, check it out here and discover what a difference it makes for yourself!

This week, we’re taking a look at fun, easy and eco-friendly ways to cut out the endless paperwork sent home to parents via students, replacing it with instantly accessible video, audio, images and links to share your news and goals with your students’ families.

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