SymbalooEDU + Glogster EDU = hooray!

–Image from the SymbalooEDU blog.

We’re so excited to officially announce our partnership with SymbalooEDU! SymbalooEDU is a free Personal Learning Environment (PLE) for educators to visually organize and share the best of the web with students. Imagine a simple, clean bookmarking tool that’s easy as pie for students to use.

Soon you’ll be able to use SymbalooEDU functions within the Glog creation area and embed Glogs in your SymbalooEDU webmixes. Create a Glog, add it to your webmix, and share it with your students — voila! You can read the full announcement here.

We’re also teaming up with the SymbalooEDU folks to co-sponsor the biggest party at ISTE, EdTech Karaoke 2012, along with Edutopia, CUE, Edublogs, and Volunteerspot.

If you haven’t reserved your VIP badge yet, register here. Karaoke, ed tech, rooftop, San Diego…how could it not be a blast?

After you register, add this snazzy #ETK12 badge to your blog:


Click here to get the copy & paste embed code.

Lots of exciting plans in the works. . . stay tuned!

Come sing with us at ISTE!

ISTE is just around the corner! We’re psyched to be sponsoring the biggest party at ISTE, the Edtech Karaoke Rooftop Party.

Join us Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at the Andaz Hotel Rooftop in San Diego for a night of singing your heart out and mingling with fellow educators and ISTE attendees.

  • Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 (during ISTE 2012)
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 12:00 am PT
  • Location: Andaz Hotel – Rooftop, 600 F Street, San Diego, CA 92101
3 VERY important steps to get in:
  1.  RSVP via Eventbrite to reserve your badge. Each person must register separately. 
  2. At the conference, claim your VIP badge from one of the sponsors — we’ll be in booth 2008.
  3. Tell all your friends to complete the steps above!
Will we see you there? (Now to start thinking about song selections…)

Have you met Maybelle?

Thanks to everyone who joined us for yesterday’s Webinar on Mary Carole Strother’s ISTE award winning project, “Maybelle the Cockroach!” If you couldn’t make it to the live presentation, you can view a recording here.

Maybelle has travelled the country getting students excited to read and learn. Have you met Maybelle? Take a look at her adventures here:

Maybelle the Cockroach: http://maybellethecockroach.wikispaces.com/

The Maybelle Literacy and Multimedia Festival: https://maybelledigitalfestival.wikispaces.com/home

Want Maybelle to come to your school? Click on the Glog above for Mary Carole’s contact info.

Our next Webinar on is next Thursday, April 19 at 4 pm. Instructional Technology Specialist Andrea Gardner will discuss how to use Glogster EDU to address Common Core State Standards. Learn more and register here.

Hope to see you next week!

April Webinars

This month, our Webinars will be hosted by our very own Glogster EDU Ambassadors. As always, registration is free and open to all, but attendance is limited to the first 100 attendees. So show up early to secure your spot!

1. Using Glogster EDU for Project-Based Learning on Wednesday, April 4 at 3 pm EDT

Register here

Glogster EDU + PBL = A++! Project-based learning is more than just “doing projects.” Glogster EDU makes effective PBL easy. Help your students develop inquiry, research, time management, communication, presentation, leadership, and reflection skills on a fun and engaging platform.

Mike from the Glogster EDU Team will show you how to start a Glog project, create a template, assign it to the class, monitor progress, and provide feedback with Glogster EDU Premium. He’ll also provide you with plenty of example Glogs and lesson plans to get you started.

2. ISTE Technology Innovation Award winning project,”Maybelle the Cockroach” on Wednesday, April 11 at 4 pm EDT

View a recording here. 

Mary Carole Strother will share her 2011 ISTE Technology Innovation Award winning wiki, “Maybelle the Cockroach.” This collaborative project combines Glogster EDU with other Web 2.0 tools like Blabberize, VoiceThread, Mixbook, QR codes, Animoto, Vokis, and Photobabble. Get inspiration for your own digital learning adventure!

Meet Maybelle the Cockroach: http://maybellethecockroach.wikispaces.com

Read about Maybelle in Coverge Magazine:
http://www.convergemag.com/classtech/Maybelle-the-Cockroach-Sparks-Digital-Learning-Adventures.html

3. Navigate Our Digital World Through Glogster EDU Eyes & Make Connections to CCSS (Common Core State Standards) on Thursday, April 19 at 4 pm

View a recording here. 

Hosted by Andrea Gardner, Instructional Technology Specialist at Westford Public School in Westford, MA.

According to their mission statement, the Common Core State Standards “provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.”

During this Webinar, we will:

•Understand how technology is part of the Common Core Standards
•Identify specific examples of where technology is located within the CCSS
•Share what that looks like through Glogster EDU eyes
•Review and discuss technology, multimedia and the 4Cs
•Present possible options for moving forward with integrating technology into the classroom

4. Glogster EDU in Higher Education on Tuesday, April 24 at 7 pm EDT

Registration closed.

Hosted by Dr. Torria Bond, Instructional Designer at California Baptist University.

Ideas will be presented for using Glogster EDU to enhance your face-to-face and blended courses; and to build community in your fully online courses. Learn creative and pedagogically sound ways to engage your learners.

View a calendar of all Webinars and events

Hope you can make it!

Award-winning Glogster EDU projects

Glogs have been catching the eye of educational award judges since their debut in 2007. If you’re looking for a creative, show stopping format for a contest entry or grant application, look no further than Glogster EDU!

Here’s a collection of Glog projects that have taken home the prize:

  • Students from Arrowhead Elementary in Broken Arrow, OK won $25,000 through the Classroom Connection program with their Glogster project. Read the article here.
  • Mary Carole Strother, teacher-Librarian and Bryce Kennaugh, second-grade teacher, from Finch Elementary School in McKinney, TX won the ISTE 2011 Innovation Award for their project using Glogster EDU, Maybelle the Cockroach.
  • Tracy Blazosky’s class website nominated for Best Educational Wiki in the 2010 Edublog Awards.
  • Greetings from the World, featuring Glogs from countries around the world, won Best Educational Wiki in the 2009 and 2010 Edublog Awards and was shortlisted in the same category in the 2011 Edublog Awards.

Glogster EDU has won its share of awards, too! Excuse us while we toot our own horn (just a bit):

  • Finished in 2nd place in the 2011 EduBlog Awards in the “Best Free Web Tool” category.