Guest post by Audrey Misiano, World Language teacher and advisor of the Peace Through Language Club in the Marcellus Central School District
Marcellus Central School District’s Peace Through Language (PTL) Club is using Glogster EDU to share student created resources with elementary teachers in our district. The club’s Glogs will also be public for global use. Our mission is to promote peace by spreading the love of language learning. We are committed to providing free resources created for language learners and by language learners.
As the PTL Club advisor, I have been struggling to figure out the best options for sharing the club’s content in an organized fashion that is inviting to students and teachers alike. We already share our videos on our school’s computer network, but the club members have been creating projects in anticipation of sharing globally. Glogster EDU is allowing us to meet all these needs in a creative, aesthetically pleasing way.
You can see our first Glog offers a one-stop portal providing access to most of our resources. A tenth grade club member designed our logo found in the center of the Glog. To the left of the logo, you will find links to PTL resources organized by language. To the right of the logo is the video introduction to our club. The instrumental music is by a ninth grade club member who plays the mandolin.
Next, you’ll find the Spanish Daily Routine Song. Two students in my Spanish 2 class created the video for a project on reflexive verbs. The students used special software to create and loop the instrumental portion to accompany their original tune. The project rubric had a bonus point for humor that was quickly awarded!
The French prepositions video is a combined effort between the French Honor Society and the PTL Club. Under the direction of Robin Brown and Jessica Cuello, the French Honor Society created an original book. Students illustrated the book and wrote the sentences to match their illustrations. The yellow butterfly is native to Haiti and the other illustrations were designed to reflect Haiti as well. The French Honor Society raised funds to print, bind and ship 40 copies of the book to Saint Joseph’s School in Tibeau, Haiti. The PTL Club scanned the book and imported it into iMovie to add audio. This is the second year that the French Honor Society has created and sent educational products to Tibeau, Haiti. The PTL Club is very excited about future combined projects!
The English Alphabet and Vowels video was our first video created from member’s alphabet PowerPoints. The singing is by volunteer PTL students in grades 7-12 accompanied by the talented ninth grade mandolin player. The Spanish Celestial Bodies and Colors project was made by a 7th grade Exploratory Language student who is also a PTL Club officer. Her voice is the one you hear on the video.
Finally, we have added a few other links to our Glog that can be found by clicking certain images. Happy clicking! It is always fun to see how many hyperlinks there are hidden in a Glog!
Another thing to love about Glogster EDU is that you can mix up all different types of content in one neat package and share it globally…all within minutes! Club members are looking forward to doing just that as we move forward with our projects. We plan to create glogs organized by themes to best meet the needs of the seventeen teachers looking to provide more language exposure at the elementary level.
Until next time, happy Glogging!