Digital Storytelling with Glogster EDU

Digital Storytelling with Glogster EDU

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.

What makes Great Digital Storytelling? 

Here are a few ideas:

Style and Substance

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Glogster EDU Launches Home Edition!

What is Home?

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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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.

Habits of Successful Flipping: Be Organized

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Last week we introduced our 9 Habits for Successful Flipping, on EduTeach Wednesday. For the next 9 weeks, we’re going to go through the list and give a more detailed breakdown of all 9 steps. Starting with Number 1:

Be Organized

We know. Since you were a high school freshman, or maybe even before, everyone’s been harping on this point. “Get your stuff together,” everyone says, “take notes.” If you’re like us, being a student didn’t really prepare you for the challenges of teaching. We all learn in different ways, and some of us simply didn’t get anything out of writing down the fact that Russia adopted the Julian calendar in 990 C.E. (we googled that, naturally). But getting organized doesn’t mean adopting a system that doesn’t work for you. It means making sure that you are doing your work in the most efficient way possible. It’s about saving yourself the pain and anguish of realizing that you aren’t prepared for something new.

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9 Habits of Successful Flipping: Part 2

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Welcome back for Part 2 of our post on the 9 habits of Successful Flipping. Part 1 is Here.

Early adopter, or severely underfunded?

Early adopter, or severely underfunded?

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9 Habits for Successful Flipping: Part 1

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We're pretty sure that's how it goes

We’re pretty sure that’s how it goes

We didn’t flip the classroom

It’s always been turning

Since the kids have been learning

-Billy Joel

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What is the “Revolution,” and what does it mean?

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What is the “Revolution?”

These days we’re seeing this word “Revolution,” used a lot in talk about the shifting paradigms in education. Perhaps you’re tired of hearing it. It seems that “The Education Revolution,” with its harbinger of new technologies and “smarter” classrooms, has been coming for a long time. Is it here? What is it? What does it mean?

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