40+ Ways to Innovative Teaching Using Glogster EDU

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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.

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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!

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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.

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