May Community Highlights: Amazing Glogs by Amazing Gloggers, and More!

May 2013: Community Highlights

The Glogster EDU Community is chock-full of amazing EDUcators and creative learners from all over the world. The only thing they’re required to share is a love of knowledge and a passion for learning creatively. Glogster EDU teachers connect and share in a variety of ways: by email, on Facebook, on Edmodo, and on Twitter, just to name a few. Every week, we’re flooded with inspiration from enthusiastic, inspiring and creative teachers. It’s our pleasure to share what we find here. Without further ado: here are some outstanding highlights from this month at Glogster EDU. 

The Pine Road Elementary School Library presents its YR Readers Choice Nominees

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Over 100 Glogs were added to Glogpedia just last week! Here’s our favorite: 

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And We’ve added some new Templates as well: Check them out!

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Tony Sinanis’s 3rd Grade kids make Glogs about the chick lifecycle. In Jericho, NY.

Check out Tony’s Blog.

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Glogster EDU Ambassador Joli Barker’s amazing 40+ Ways to Innovate Teaching with Glogster EDU, has had almost 2000 readers in 2 weeks! WOW! 

Jolie Barker: McKinney, Texas

“I believe that the two most important jobs on Earth are being a parent and teacher.  I take my role as both extremely seriously and approach my classroom as a way to extend the ‘family’ for my students.” – Jolie Barker

 From her Blog:  “Fearless Classroom”

Glogster EDU Kudos

Every month, Glogster supports EdCamps and EdConferences with sponsorships, including Glogster EDU licenses for raffles, and other giveaways. And sometimes an EDUcator just wants to let us know we’re loved. Well, you’re all loved too! Here are a few kudos we’ve gotten this month:

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Teachers let us know how they use Glogster EDU in any given week.

Teachers let us know how they use Glogster EDU in any given week.

We’ve also started a suggestion box: Edu.Suggestions@Glogster.com

Our fans and users ask us all kinds of great questions. Here are just a few from this month:

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A: We’re working on a new Item Browser at the moment, and it’s almost ready. When it’s done, we’ll be tackling all sorts of new improvements and features. Thanks to the NextGen Glog Editor, you’ll be seeing more features and more improvements in speed and performance on a consistent basis!

Q: (Via Email) Have you considered adding a “business” or “leadership skills” category (to Glog Categories)?   That would apply more to higher ed than to K-12, but it could be useful to people in my field. –  Dee Anne Bonebright, Minnesota

A: Great Question! We have been working on a version of Glogster EDU, including a slightly different editor, that would be aimed at the needs of business and higher ed users, like yourself. For now, there are training vocational categories in the Discipline options, but a business/professional category is a great idea. We’ll definitely add this to our future plans.

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A. Oh yes we are! And we can tell you this: it looks incredible. We can’t spill all the beans yet, but we can tell you that the app will be touch capable, will allow you to embed photos from an iPhone or iPad, and record audio on the fly. And it will do a whole lot more!

Calling all Utahns!

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Calling all Utahns! (Utahns? Who knew!) Brian from the Glogster EDU team will be at the Utah Coalition Educational Technology Conference this Friday, March 2 – Saturday, March 3 at Jordan High School in Sandy, UT. His session, “Glogster: A Web 2.0 Tool” is on Friday from 12 – 1 pm in Room 1023D (Lab B). Click on the Glog for more info.

If you’re planning to attend, email Brian at brian.williams@glogster.com to meet up!

Gearing up for the MSLA Conference

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The Glogster EDU staff is on the road again!  We’ll be at the Massachusetts School Library Association (MSLA)  annual conference on Sunday, March 4 and Monday, March 5 at the Hyannis Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis, MA. Deena and I will be in the exhibition hall in booth #29 – so stop by to learn what’s new, discuss your licensing needs, learn more about our reseller program, or just to say “hello”!

If you work in or with school libraries,  the MSLA conference is an excellent professional development opportunity — the schedule is packed with big names.

Sunday will feature Ross Todd, Associate Professor in the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers University; Alan November, international leader of education technology; author and motivational speaker Tim Green; AASL President-Elect Susan Ballard; and Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. On Monday, we’ll hear from well-known teacher-librarian-bloggers Joyce Valenza, Chris Harris and Buffy Hamilton; 2010 AASL School Library Program of the Year winner Michelle Luhtala; author Jarrett KrosoczkaKaren Brennan of MIT’s Scratch project; Universal Design Specialist Lori Cooney…the list goes on!

There will also be informative breakout sessions and discussions on both Sunday and Monday. View the MSLA 2012 Conference website for more information, or  view the complete schedule here.

Are you heading to Cape Cod for the festivities? Considering the strange weather we’ve had this winter, you may want to bring your beach blanket and sun screen – it might just be warm enough to catch some rays after the event!

eTech Ohio Conference Giveaway Winners

Jamie Hardin presents “Prezi, Glogster and Jing Oh My!”

eTech Ohio’s  “Next Generation Innovation” conference last week at the Greater Columbus Convention Center was a fabulous event!  Estimates are that between 3-4 thousand educators attended the popular conference.  Hundreds had a chance to learn more about Glogster EDU in informative sessions, and booth 838 was buzzing with veteran Gloggers and newbies alike. Jen and I kept  busy answering questions, sharing Glogster EDU success stories, passing out mints, and keeping interested educators from “borrowing” the Glog posters we had in the booth ;).

Booth 838 in all its glory.

Columbus did a great job hosting the event for educators from all over the US, and the locals displayed their hospitality throughout the city. (Shout-out to Shuttle Dave at the Sheraton! -Jen)

We collected hundred of entries for the Teacher Premium and School Premium License raffle during Glogster EDU sessions and in the booth.  We are announcing the winners here first! So without further ado…

Winners of the 5-Month Teacher Premium Licenses:

Linda Elliott, Tech Instructor- McLogan Elementary

Melissa Wallace, Librarian – South Central

Julie Miller, Special Ed. – Philo Junior High

Carla Pelz, Computer Teacher – Port Clinton City

Nora McDevitt, Teacher – Volney

Christine Koltik, Teacher – Marburn Academy

Dawn Hendrick, Tech Teacher – Lima South Sci-Tech Magnet

Andrea Horner,  Gifted Intervention Specialist – Ohio Valley ESC

Dave Huffman, Librarian – Portsmouth Elementary

Stephanie Laskey, Teacher – Edison Middle School

John-Paul Hoffman, Technology Integration – Canal Winchester Middle School

Winner of the School Premium License:

Courtney Baliman, Tech Coordinator – Kent City Schools

CONGRATS to all – you will be contacted soon with your fabulous prize!

Was anyone else in Columbus last week? What were your takeaways? And did we have the pleasure of meeting at the booth? Let me know in the comments!

Going to METC?

The Midwest Education Technology Conference (METC) is next week from February 13 – 15 in St. Louis, MO.  Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it to St. Louis, which is a bit disappointing because (among many other reasons, of course!) I would really like to visit Busch Stadium.  Fortunately, Glogster EDU will be well represented by one of our fantastic Ambassadors, Melanie Thompson!

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Melanie will be presenting Glogster EDU at two sessions: “Glogster EDU – Create Interactive Digital Posters – What’s New for 2012?” on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 2:20 pm and “Glogster EDU – Engage, Motivate and Create” on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 10:50 am.  She will be raffling off a Teacher Premium License at each session!

Other sessions I wish I could attend (and encourage you to attend in my absence):

  • “Integrate Technology By Expanding Your Toolkit” by Jill Badalamenti and Betsy Harrigan on Monday, Feb. 13
  • “Let’s Talk Webtools” by Paula Naugle also on Monday, Feb. 13.
  • “Research Remix” by Shannon Parker and Kate Meier on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 1:00 pm.
  • “Blogs, Wordles, and Glogs Oh MY!” by Julie Wankum and Jackie Remis on Wednesday Feb. 15 at 3:25 pm.

View or download the entire METC program here.

Anyone going to METC? Let me know in the comments. And don’t have too much fun without me!

PETE&C

PETE&C 2012

Don’t miss this year’s Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference: “Innovate…Collaborate…Educate” next week from Sunday, February 12 to Wednesday, February 15 2012.

This well-attended annual technology conference takes place at Hersey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

From the PETE&C website:

The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) is a statewide event that provides quality programs focused on technology in the educational field. Each year, hundreds of exhibitors showcase their latest technology products and services to the vast audience of teachers, administrators, technology directors, school board members and more. Monday and Tuesday mornings kick off with keynote speakers that will both educate and inspire you. Throughout the three days, you can attend concurrent sessions, keystone poster sessions and student showcases. There is something for everyone at PETE&C!

Our team will be busy attending eTech Ohio during this year’s event, but the program is jam-packed with informative Glogster EDU sessions nearly every day.

If you need added incentive to attend, we are GIVING AWAY one Premium License at each of the following Glogster EDU-related sessions:

Monday, February 13

2:45-3:45 – Traci Blazosky presents “Do the MASH…Tech Style” – Hotel Hersey/Tea House

3:40-4:45 – Laura Ann Naser presents “It’s a Web 2.0 World” – Hersey Lodge/Cocoa Suite 4/5

Tuesday, February 14

9:30-10:30 – Dave Mendell presents “Kick A#@ Collaboration” – Hersey Lodge/Empire B

2:30-3:30 – James Beeghley presents “Social Studies 2.0” – Hotel Hersey/Starlight East

Wednesday, February 15

9:15-10:15 – Ross Cooper presents “Project-Based Websites” – Hersey Lodge/Magnolia B

9:15-10:15 – Kathleen Scarpato presents  “Creating Connections, Virtually!”– Hersey Lodge/Cocoa Suite 1

10:30-11:30 – Raymond Pastore presents “Beyond PowerPoint: Online Presentation Tools” – Hersey Lodge/Empire D

Stop by any (or ALL!) of the sessions above to show your Glogster EDU LOVE!

View the full PETE&C program here

Are you going to PETE&C? Planning to stop by any of the sessions above? Tell us in the comments!

Glogster EDU at eTech Ohio

We are very excited to announce Glogster EDU’s presence next week at eTech Ohio’s “Next Generation Innovation” Conference.  The annual event, touted as the third largest educational technology show in the US, is taking place in the Greater Columbus Convention Center from February 13-15, 2012.

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The event is built by educators, for educators and offers pragmatic strategies, answers nagging questions, and shares valuable insights to address needs of college faculty, classroom teachers, and district administrators alike. The conference offers over 250 exhibit booths and boasts over 500 sessions and workshops that demonstrate students’ work, highlight new technologies, and discuss 21st century skills.

This is our first eTech Ohio conference and we are excited to be exhibiting! Please stop by booth # 838 to learn about all things Glogster EDU including: new district licensing, new platform and Glog creation tool launching this summer, and a mobile device app coming soon! Help us design the licensing option that exceeds your education requirements for project-based learning, digital literacy, and differentiated instruction.

If you need another incentive to stop by booth #838, we are giving away one School Premium License and five Teacher Premium Licenses for FREE!

We will also be supporting these GREAT Glogster EDU sessions:

Monday, February 13

  • 8:00 – 8:45 AM – Lisa Hoy presents “Cool Tools for Middle School” – Ballroom 1
  • 2:30 – 3:45 PM – Julie Simmons presents “Technology Tools for Primary Teachers” – Room C223
  • 3:45 – 4:30 PM – Jamie Hardin presents “Prezi, Glogster and Jing Oh My!” – Room C213

Tuesday, February 14

  • 10:45 – 11:30 PM –  Christine Walter presents “Web 2.0 Ideas for Students and Teachers” – Ballroom 1
  • 1:15 – 2:00 PM –  Karen Reiber presents “Tech Out Your Books” – Room C220-222
  • 3:45 – 4:30 PM –  Teresa Silvestri presents “Making Creativity Click with Web 2.0 Tools” –  Union C

You can view the entire conference schedule here.

Will you be at eTech Ohio? Stop by booth #838 or one of the sessions above to say HELLO!

If you’d like to set up an appointment during the conference to discuss your Glogster EDU plans, please email me at jim.dachos@glogster.com.

Hope to see you there!

Glogster EDU at East Bay CUE’s Cool Tools VIII

To all our NorCal EDUcators: Brian will be presenting at East Bay CUE’s Cool Tools VIII next Saturday, Feburary 11 at 9:00 am. The conference is located at Head-Royce School in Oakland, CA. Click on the Glog below for more details.

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Anyone planning on going? Email Brian at brian.williams@glogster.com to meet up!

Glogster EDU at TCEA

I am very excited to attend TCEA in Austin, TX next week!  I have never been to Texas before, but I have heard a lot of great things.  So, before we get to business, if anyone wants to show me around or has any recommendations, I am all ears!

TCEA

As most of you know, TCEA is one of the largest school technology events in the US.  Having said that, there will be plenty of booths to visit and sessions to attend.  Most notably booth Glogster EDU booth # 1657 and session titled Glogster EDU: Transform Your Classroom into a Virtual Learning Environment presented by yours truly!

We will be raffling off a Teacher Premium License ($99 value) and a School License  ($800 value!!) at the booth, so make sure you stop by to enter the giveaway.

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Here’s more info on my session:

Glogster EDU: Transform Your Classroom into a Virtual Learning Environment

Wednesday, February 8 at 10:30AM -11:30AM , Room 3

Transform “old school” poster projects into beautiful multimedia digital posters (Glogs) using today’s technology that will engage and motivate students of all learning styles.

These are some of the sessions I’m planning on attending:

1.  Tuesday, February 7: “Energize Your Classroom with Web Tools” presented by Robyn Hrivnatz and Sarah Bauguss on at 1:30 PM in Room 9B.

Tired of the same old poster projects, book reports, and classroom newsletters? Move beyond the chalkboard and reinvent your classroom with Glogster, Animoto, and Edmodo.

2. Wednesday, February 8: “Portfolios Using Glogster and iPod Touch” presented by Mary Carole Strother at 8:00 AM in Room 16B.

Learn how 5th grade students at our school created digital portfolios using Glogster to document their science learning. We will share our young digitial scientists wiki filled helpful resources including; setting up student glogster accounts, how to manage student portfolios, portfolio design lesson plans, and actual student science portfolios.

3.  Thursday, February 9: “2011 ISTE Technology Innovation Award” presented by Mary Carole Strother at 12:00 PM in Room 11AB.

Join us as we share our 2011 ISTE Technology Innovation Award winning wiki, Adventures with Maybelle. This collaborative project features Web 2.0 tools like Glogster, Blabberize, VoiceThread, Mixbook, QR codes, Animoto, Vokis, and Photobabble. We will share videos and projects from our Adventures with Maybelle Literacy and Multimedia Festival.

Check out the Glog for a full list of all Glogster EDU-related sessions. We’ll be giving away a Teacher Premium License at each of these, too!

Who else is going to TCEA? Which sessions do you have your eye on? Stop by booth #1657 to say hi, or tweet me at @glogsteredu  to meet up!

FETC Reflections & Giveaway Winners


FETC Conference hall

I had a great time traveling to Florida for FETC 2012.   Coming from New England, I really appreciated the 80 degree sunshine in the middle of January!

I had the chance to attend a few sessions, my favorite being “Rock Your Student’s Education with Technology” presented by Caryn Good.  Caryn’s presentation went over everything from Glogster EDU to Blabberize to Vokis. There wasn’t an open seat in room S230E.  I think that there were more people standing or sitting on the floor than in the Technology Shootout that kicked off the conference!

I also attended Lauren Tate’s session, “Increasing Engagement with Web 2.0 tools.” Lauren is a young educator who really knows how to bring life into a classroom.  She captures her students’ attention by using every Web 2.0 tool imaginable.

I also want to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our Premium License giveaway winners:

Alex Sadowsky, 5th grade teacher from Flora Ridge Osceola

Kathleen McAllister, Duval County Schools

Arlene Sutherland, librarian from Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy

Barb Bodley, technology teacher from Armleder Education Center

All in all, the FETC conference was a great success!  However, I must admit the best part about the entire trip was when I ran into the Vice President for Wilson Sporting Goods in the airport on the way back to Boston.  He will be sending me a game ball from this weekend’s Super Bowl.  Go Pats!  Go Glogster! Go FETC!!

GO PATS!!

One more time: GO PATS!!

Getting ready for FETC!

FETC 2012Next week I’ll be heading down to Orlando for the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC). I can’t wait to meet educators and fellow technology professionals who are shaping the future of education. (And maybe try to soak up some sun while I’m at it!)

There are a ton of interesting sessions on the schedule, but I’ve picked out three in particular that I’ll definitely be attending. At the end of these presentations, you’ll have the opportunity to enter a raffle to win a FREE Teacher Premium License. So come on by!

1. K-5 Research Projects Go Digital (CS5426) – Wednesday, January 25 at 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Deborah Icard and Jane Brady Hudson will show how to bring elementary research projects into the digital world with Web 2.0 tools such as Prezi, Animoto, Glogster, Voicethread, Xtranormal, Blabberize, blogs, & podcasts.

2. Increasing Engagement with Web 2.0 Tools (CS8233) – Thursday, January 26 at 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Lauren Tate will guide you through an introduction of a few key Web 2.0 tools: Prezi, Glogster, Voicethread, and Storybird. There will be time for group collaboration, assistance, and discussion. Bring your laptops!

3. Rock Your Student’s Education with Technology! (CS9743) - Thursday, January 26 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Caryn Good’s session will be jam-packed with great ideas for utilizing free technologies in all subject areas. Learn about Glogster EDU, VuVox, Blabberize, Popplet, Symbaloo, Voki and more.

Make sure to stop by the Google booth (#1101) on Thursday, January 26 between 1:45 and 2:00 PM to watch me demo Glogster EDU on a Google Chromebook. 

Will you be at FETC? Email me at mike.sielawa@glogster.com, and we’ll find a time to meet!