A part of teaching is storytelling. As a teacher, you tell the story of the world around you. The history, the mechanics, the reasoning behind everything that your students observe and wonder about.
Digital storytelling allows us to take a linear series of events and bring them to life in a multidimensional experience; to communicate, collaborate, by infusing all types of media into the process.
And Digital storytelling can be practiced anywhere; in almost any imaginable form: in homes, schools, libraries and businesses, by anyone from beginner technology users to experts. In education, teachers and students use digital learning concepts across all content areas, and all grade levels.
The Glogster EDU team comes across amazing Digital Storytelling every single week in Glogpedia. So we thought we’d share some of that here.
Over the past 3 years, the Glogster Team has watched education technology become a revolution in the way that we think about the roles of teachers and students. As technology and society continue to change more and more rapidly, the role filled by the traditional school system has had to change too, as we discussed deeply in our recent Ebook: Connect to the Revolution.
Another big change that’s been occurring, especially in the United States, is a resurgent interest in Homeschooling. In about a decade, the number of homeschooled students in the US has more than doubled, with the percentage of students primarily learning at home increasing to about 3% of all American students, meaning that today over 2 million American students are homeschooled. And the trend shows signs of speeding up, as learning resources become more affordable, and more accessible to parents and communities outside the public school system.
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40+ Ways to Innovative Teaching Using Glogster EDU in the Classroom
As a Glogster Ambassador, as well as an innovative educator, I am obsessed with finding new and creative ways to engage my students with technology, but also to keep them focused on deep and meaningful learning. Often teachers use technology as just another tool to provide information to students. Students remain the passive consumers of their learning and fact gatherers rather than active participants in the discovery of information and producers of meaningful learning experiences. This should be our goal as educators: To provide tools to discovery and allow creativity and independence in the learning process.
Glogster EDU is a fantastic tool whose versatility is limited only by one’s imagination. It is one of the most underutilized Web 2.0 tools out there! This blog is dedicated to sharing and celebrating innovations in the classroom using this remarkable tool.
1. Ice Breakers or Getting to Know You
Starting off the school year in the same old ways? Try using Glogster EDU as an innovative tool to get kids to express themselves about who they are and what they hope to accomplish over the year! Create a “Meet Your Teacher” glog with all the makings of a fantastic glog (audio, video, links, graphics, images, documents) and not only let your new students get to know you and your teaching philosophies, but train them on HOW to create a glog of their own! Send it out before school starts to your parents’ emails or post on your website for instant Day 1 assignment fun!
At the start of this school year, I asked my parents and 2nd grade students to take photos of things they loved that filled them with joy and made them feel special. They specifically had to try to spell their names with those things, looking for the letters in patterns, shapes, or designs. They each took digital photos, uploaded them to a glog, wrote little blurbs about why each item was special to them, and added songs, videos of themselves, and even links to their favorite sites! We shared these throughout the first week and it truly set the tone for our school year. The documents, videos, and links provided in my “training” glog eased the stress of learning a new tool for both parents and students alike. This lesson brought a sense of togetherness between my families and myself and has sustained a sound, respectful, and open relationship throughout the whole year.
It was a dark and stormy night. Pascal awoke with a start to the sound of knocking upon the door. “I have a bad feeling about this,” the muttered to herself.
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A Discovery I Made Recently
On my blog adaptivelearnin, I just started participating in this fantastic free writing idea that only takes five minutes every Friday, called Five Minute Friday. The idea is to write freely for five minutes without distractions, without worry, and without focus on any of technical aspects of the writing process. If you mess up, you don’t stop. Poor spelling? no worries. If you make grammatical mistakes, no problem. You keep going, unleashing a flood of ideas into your writing. The purpose is to be free from all the worries that normally cause writing anxiety or “writer’s block.”
Finding websites that have public domain images to use in your Glogs can be a time-consuming task. Searching for hours on Google or other search engines for websites that have images that are public domain and royalty free can be daunting. I have found that a quicker way to find public domain images is through searching Pinterest.
Searching “public domain” in the search window on Pinterest allows you to quickly find images that have been categorized or tagged as such. While this will lead you to images that have been listed as public domain, doing so doesn’t assure that the images are definitely public domain. You need to click on the image and be redirected to the original website to double-check that the image is actually a public domain image (as well as to be able to save the image to your computer.)
Searching public domain images on Pinterest can save hours of time because many of the images have already been categorized or tagged as public domain. Therefore, the accuracy of finding a website that has public domain images is much higher than searching images through search engines. Once you have found one website that has a public domain image, there is a higher likelihood that the website has other public domain images as well, which can be used on your Glogs.
Here’s how to search Pinterest for public domain images, how to save the images, and how to upload them to your Glog.
First- Log-in to Pinterest.
Second- In the search window type in “public domain”.
Third- Scroll through the images and find the image that you would like to use as your Glog wall.
Fourth- Click one time on the image you would like to use.
Fifth- Click on the large image to be redirected to the original source of the public domain image.
Sixth- Check the original source to make sure the image is definitely public domain.
Seventh- Review the instructions to download and “save” the image to your computer.
Eighth- Once you are on the original public domain image, right click and “save image as”.
Ninth- Chose the location you would like to save the image to.
Tenth- Go to your Glog and click on “Wall”. Next click on “Glog Wall”. Then click “Upload”.
Eleventh- Find the image you would like to upload and double-click on it.
Twelfth- Click on the setting for how you would like to use the image as your Glog Wall. Then click “Use It”.
Thirteeth- Make sure you chose the correct option you wanted for how to display the image as your Glog Wall.
Fourteenth- Next set the image for your Page Wall. You can use a public domain image or use one of the images that Glogster EDU provides.
Fifteenth- Use Pinterest to find other images to place inside your Glog. Follow the same search instructions as listed above.
Sixteenth- Click to the original source to make sure it is definitely public domain. Save it and upload it to your Glog using “Images” on Glogster EDU.