The days are growing shorter, the leaves are turning and Halloween is here again! Thought to originate from the ancient Gaelic celebration of Samhain, which welcomed the darkness of Fall and Winter, and furthered by the Christian liturgy of All Hallow’s Eve, when Death is confronted with humour and revelry, it is said that Halloween is the time at which the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest. However you choose to celebrate this ancient tradition, there is certainly a lot to be said for the stories and symbols that we have come to associate with Halloween, from the full moon to bloodthirsty bats. We’re celebrating Halloween with a bonus set of design elements to add some seasonal creepiness to your glogs, and helping you to celebrate by adding three new hand-designed Halloween templates to our library. Now you can share your costume ideas, party invites and Halloween memories instantly from your phone or tablet!
There’s something wonderful about sending a postcard. From standing in a seaside shop, picking the perfect photo to sum up your trip, to sitting down with a cup of tea after another day of adventuring, ready to record the events of the week, to dropping the finished missive into the post box, knowing it will make someone’s day. The whole process has always been a very dear part of my family’s holiday traditions, although not without its frustrations – stock images that don’t quite manage to represent the landscape as we saw it, to the sheer amount of time it takes for that single card to travel across countries, only to arrive a month after you’ve returned home and shared all your photos anyway. Fortunately, Glogster Personal offers all the charm and romance of sending a postcard, while circumnavigating all the pitfalls of snail mail. With Glogster you can choose your own photos and videos to adorn your vacation greetings, allowing your loved ones to truly see your trip through your eyes, and instantly share them via SMS!
Our most recent update of Glogster for iOS is now available to download, and what a treat it is! Not only does this update fully stabilize your user experience for iOS 9, it also brings exciting new functions direct to your mobile device, including epic editing tools and a little something that might just make glogging the new texting. Check out Glogster 1.3.2 now for a whole new level of glogging experience.
Monday is rarely a teacher’s favorite day, but as many of you will know, today is not just any Monday. It is in fact World Teachers’ Day, mandated by UNESCO in 1994 to be celebrated around the world every year in honour of hardworking teachers, and in preparation for future generations of learners and educators. We want to take a moment to thank all of our Glogster educators who are committed to making a difference in the lives of young people, and who have been our constant allies in creating progressive and engaging educational technology.
In September 2014, we released our very first mobile application to expectant users. One year, a prestigious award and over 500,000 downloads later, we are looking at a well-loved and substantially improved product that has changed the face of glogging for good. For us, the most exciting part of the Glogster app’s journey has been watching the product’s evolution in the hands of our users. We have delighted in your many interpretations of ‘glogging on the go’, from field trip reports to coffee-shop musings, and watched in fascination as the application has pushed – and even exceeded – the boundaries of the classroom. It is in this spirit of growth and enthusiasm that we proudly introduce the next chapter in Glogster’s story.
The Glogster App for creating multimedia posters celebrates its one-year anniversary early with a significant milestone: 500,000 educators and learners are using Glogster to improve engagement and interaction in the classroom – and beyond.
As you may have heard recently, we’re rather excited about hitting the 30,000 glog-mark in our digital resource library. We really couldn’t have achieved this staggering result without the help of teachers and learners alike, who not only create amazing digital posters on a daily basis, but also click the green ‘nominate’ button to give us a heads-up about great content. In order to thank the creators and the curators of Glogster, we’ve put together a short shout-out to our top three Most Nominated gloggers of the year!
September is officially here, which means that the school year is officially upon us. Of course, for many of you, the work has already begun and you are knee-deep in the technicalities of getting to know a new class. There are certainly a lot of things weighing on teachers’ minds at this time of year, but rest assured that creating stunning posters and presentations with your class doesn’t have to be one of them. That’s because we have been working hard this summer to create 200 brand new glog templates for web use and iOS, categorised by subject and discipline, and ready for you and your learners to complete with information, media and creative flair.
The first day back at school is always a hectic one, with learners getting to grips with new schedules, new classmates, new locker combinations, and sometimes new campuses. If there’s one thing you want them to take away, amidst all the manic hustle and excitement, what is it? Perhaps you want to connect with each member of your new class on a personal level, reassuring them that you are a real person who can be a trusted mentor. Perhaps you want to show them how engaging and interactive your classes can be, getting them excited for future lessons. Or perhaps you want to discuss individual personality, ambition and learning style, and how you can all work together to make this year amazing. What better way to cover all three bases than with an interactive multimedia introduction? Use photos, videos and music to capture student attention, present yourself and your interests, and encourage learners to share information about themselves! With Glogster’s new personal product for mobile, you can build a glog on the go this summer, adding personal touches such as photos and videos from your vacations.
Let’s face it, some people are just better at being organized than others. Our students are certainly proof of that, with some taking great pleasure in writing to-do lists and others mumbling homework excuses every single morning. A lot of the time educators attempt to solve these problems by incentivizing organization, offering neon-colored week-planner notebooks and rainbow fine-line pens, in hopes that learners will become excited about color-coding their notes and keeping their files in order. For us adults however, organizational tools lose their appeal all too quickly, often leaving us knee-deep in chaos and deadlines. In the second installment to our stress-free back-to-school series, we explore how Glogster can help you lay out your lesson plans, schedule and more, with enough colour and creativity to help you get excited about planning ahead!
This is the first of four blogposts designed to take you smoothly into the 2015-1016 school year, one great glog at a time. While learners are fussing about first day outfits, covering their textbooks and decorating their lockers, we educators have slightly different priorities – namely, getting off to the best possible start with our new class, and building relationships that will nurture learning and engagement throughout the year. We hope that with our ideas on back-to-school glogs for you, your learners and their families, you will find some inspiration and ease the transition from summer to September!