Make your textbook interactive with Glogster EDU

Guest post by Glogster EDU Ambassador Rositsa Mineva, a primary English Language Teacher from Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.

In Bulgaria, students start learning English at the age of 8, starting with basic speaking, reading, comprehensive listening, and writing.

When students are this age, they aren’t required to actually write vocabulary. Instead, students memorize words through repetition of new vocabulary, sentences, texts etc. Students need audio and visual aids as much as possible to help them with the learning process.

For a long time, I’ve been brainstorming some ideas on how to facilitate the self training of my students so they can continue to learn, both in and out of the classroom. I discovered that the best way to do this is by supplying them with more audio and visual aids to use at home and in the classroom. From this observation, the idea for a virtual classroom and interactive textbook was born.

Glogster EDU has helped a lot with both. On Glogster EDU, I made my virtual classroom with students. Using the variety of tools on the site,  I could make my textbooks interactive and share them with my students and colleagues (example 1), (example 2).

Making my textbook interactive was quite simple: I needed only to scan the pages of my real textbook as pictures (png, jpeg files), find audio files of my English lessons as mp3 files, find some interesting links in a connection with the topic and main aims of the lesson I was making interactive, and put them together on one page.

See the Glog below for an example.

It’s a fast, easy and fun activity which takes no more than 15 minutes to create. I compiled all units on a contest page.

I also put the link to my interactive textbook on the class wiki and connected it to my Skype information and the school website.

My students can no use their interactive textbook freely at home and listen to lessons and do exercises online. This improves my students’ reading and listening skills and makes learning more fun and engaging. It helps not only  students but parents as well.

Learn more about my internet classroom here.

 

February Webinars

February’s Webinar topics will include Jim’s project-based learning session from last month (due to your positive feedback — hooray!) and more information on our Premium License options for teachers, schools, and our newest option: districts. We’ve also moved the Tuesday Webinar to 7 PM to give our West Coast friends an opportunity to attend after school.

Again, these Webinars are free and registration is open to everyone. Only the first 100 people to show up are admitted, however, so arrive a few minutes early to secure your spot.

View a comprehensive calendar of all events here.  

1. Glogster EDU Premium: Teacher, School, and District Licenses

Brian and Mike will guide you through the basics of Glogster EDU Premium: creating Glogs, adding and managing student accounts, class administration, and “the 3 P’s”: projects, presentations, and portfolios. You will learn about all of your license options (teacher, school, and district) to help you decide which solution works best for you and your students. You will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end.

View a recording here.

Register for Wednesday, February 1 at 3 pm EST

Register for Tuesday, February 7 at 7 pm EST

Register for Tuesday, February 14 at 7 pm EST

Register for Wednesday, February 15 at 3 pm EST

Register for Tuesday, February 21 at 7 pm EST

Register for Wednesday, February 22 at 3 pm EST

Register for Tuesday, February 28 at 7 pm EST

Register for Wednesday, February 29 at 3 pm EST

2. Using Glogster EDU for Project-Based Learning

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. Jim 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.

View a recording here. 

Register for Thursday, February 16 at 4 pm EST

Register for Thursday, February  23 at 4 pm EST

After you register, leave a comment with any topic requests so we can tailor your session for you! Hope to see you there.

My Internet Classroom

Guest post by Glogster EDU Ambassador Rositsa Mineva, a primary English Language Teacher from Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

To make learning accessible both at home and in school, I created an “internet classroom” for my students using Glogster EDU and a classroom wiki.

While my students are home, I can connect with them through Skype, which is an easy and fast way for me to give directions as well as get student feedback. If I want to communicate with my students outside of the classroom, I give them a link through Skype. They can use internet resources (e-textbookse- tests, online exercises, projects, and other forms of project-based learning on different topics) freely from home. This improves students’ language and time management skills.

Example of a Test Preparation Glog

With Glogster EDU, students have the opportunity to interact in a safe, digital environment. With their student accounts, they can create Glog presentations or simply Glog about a  topic that interests them.

Project-based learning is accessible and fun for students on the site.  This kind of learning fosters teamwork, keeps students engaged in course content, and makes teaching and learning more fun.

This type of activity leads to the development of key skills which real 21st century students need: critical thinking, collaboration, presentation, and digital literacy skills.

Creating a digital learning environment with Glogster EDU, communicating with my students on Skype, and collaborating with them on a class wiki facilitates positive student-teacher relationships and allows both to explore Web 2.0 and learning concepts together.

Here are the resources I use in my online classroom:

My Glogster EDU profile

My class wiki 

E-textbooks 

E-tests 

Online exercises 

Glog projects 

Project-based learning

Glog presentations

Web 2.0 resources wiki

Bridge Learning from Home to School: Create an IT classroom with wiki, Skype, and Glogster

My Internet Classroom Glog

January Webinars

Happy 2012! I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday full of family, food, and fireworks.

Time to get back to business! We’re kicking off January with a brand new batch of Webinars.

This month we have two topics: a general guide to Premium features and a special workshop on PBL.  As always, these sessions are open to all, from newbies to vets. So tell your friends and colleagues to stop in!

1. Getting Started with Glogster EDU Premium 

Brian and Mike from the Glogster EDU Team will guide you through the basics of Glogster EDU Premium: creating Glogs, adding and managing student accounts, class administration, and “the 3 P’s”: projects, presentations, and portfolios. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions. If you’re new to Glogster EDU or just need to brush up on your skills, this is the Webinar for you!

View a recording here.

Register for Tuesday, January 3 at 5 pm EST

Register for Wednesday, January 4 at 3 pm EST

Register for Tuesday, January 10 at at 5 pm EST 

Register for Wednesday, January 11 at 3 pm EST 

Register for Tuesday, January 17 at 5 pm EST

Register for Wednesday, January 18 at 3 pm EST

Register for Tuesday, January 24 at 5 pm EST

Register for Wednesday, January 25 at 3 pm EST

Register for Tuesday, January 31 at 5 pm EST

(With this many options, there’s no excuse not to come by!)

2. Using Glogster EDU for Project-Based Learning

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. Jim 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.

View a recording here. 

Register for Thursday, January 12 at 4 pm EST 

Register for Thursday, January 19 at 4 pm EST 

Register for Thursday, January 26 at 4 pm EST

If you’re planning to come to one of the Webinars, let us know in the comments! Leave a question or topic request so we can tailor your session for you. Hope to see you all there!

Glogster EDU Webinars

Each month, the Glogster EDU team holds a series of free Webinars. Registration is open to everyone, but only the first 100 attendees are admitted, so show up a few minutes early to secure your spot.

1. Getting Started with Glogster EDU Premium

View a recording here.

Brian and Mike from the Glogster EDU Team will guide you through the basics of Glogster EDU Premium: creating Glogs, adding and managing student accounts, class administration, and “the 3 P’s”: projects, presentations, and portfolios. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions. If you’re new to Glogster EDU or just need to brush up on your skills, this is the Webinar for you!

2. Using Glogster EDU for Project-Based Learning

View a recording 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. Jim 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.

3. Glogster EDU Premium: Teacher, School, and District Licenses

View a recording here.

Brian and Mike will guide you through the basics of Glogster EDU Premium: creating Glogs, adding and managing student accounts, class administration, and “the 3 P’s”: projects, presentations, and portfolios. You will learn about all of your license options (teacher, school, and district) to help you decide which solution works best for you and your students. You will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end.

4. Glogster EDU Resellers: Earn $ doing what you love!

View a recording here.

If you’re a passionate educator, technology enthusiast, or educational organization looking for an opportunity to reap the benefits of your network, these Webinars are for you! Learn how to make a generous commission by presenting and selling Glogster EDU products to teachers and schools across the country. Our sales managers will walk you through the reseller process, from your application to sales tracking and commission. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions throughout.

5. ISTE Technology Innovation Award winning project, Maybelle the Cockroach

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

6. Navigate Our Digital World Through Glogster EDU Eyes & Make Connections to CCSS (Common Core State Standards)

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

7. “Glogster EDU in Higher Education.”

Recording coming soon! 

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.

8. Glogster EDU & Universal Design for Learning

Tuesday, May 8 at 5:00 pm Eastern

View a recording here

Today’s teachers are faced with more and more challenges. While our curriculum gets fuller and more strenuous, our students come in with more struggles. All teachers now need to learn to work with children with learning difficulties, emotional difficulties, social struggles, and/or physical struggles. One lesson for all children just won’t work. Find out how UDL and Web 2.0 tools like Glogster EDU can help us reach all children and make learning more fun for everyone.

9. Glogster EDU Resellers – What Works!

Monday, May 21 at 4:00 pm Eastern

Register here

Mike from the Glogster EDU sales team will provide an overview of the reseller program and provide his own best practices and tips. Glogster EDU reseller Joli Barker will share what sales strategies have worked for her, and show you how to increase your earnings. If you’re a new reseller, or are interested in becoming one, this Webinar is for you!

You can view a comprehensive calendar of all Glogster EDU events (including Webinars, conferences, and training sessions)  here.