eTech Ohio Conference Giveaway Winners

Jamie Hardin presents “Prezi, Glogster and Jing Oh My!”

eTech Ohio’s  “Next Generation Innovation” conference last week at the Greater Columbus Convention Center was a fabulous event!  Estimates are that between 3-4 thousand educators attended the popular conference.  Hundreds had a chance to learn more about Glogster EDU in informative sessions, and booth 838 was buzzing with veteran Gloggers and newbies alike. Jen and I kept  busy answering questions, sharing Glogster EDU success stories, passing out mints, and keeping interested educators from “borrowing” the Glog posters we had in the booth ;).

Booth 838 in all its glory.

Columbus did a great job hosting the event for educators from all over the US, and the locals displayed their hospitality throughout the city. (Shout-out to Shuttle Dave at the Sheraton! -Jen)

We collected hundred of entries for the Teacher Premium and School Premium License raffle during Glogster EDU sessions and in the booth.  We are announcing the winners here first! So without further ado…

Winners of the 5-Month Teacher Premium Licenses:

Linda Elliott, Tech Instructor- McLogan Elementary

Melissa Wallace, Librarian – South Central

Julie Miller, Special Ed. – Philo Junior High

Carla Pelz, Computer Teacher – Port Clinton City

Nora McDevitt, Teacher – Volney

Christine Koltik, Teacher – Marburn Academy

Dawn Hendrick, Tech Teacher – Lima South Sci-Tech Magnet

Andrea Horner,  Gifted Intervention Specialist – Ohio Valley ESC

Dave Huffman, Librarian – Portsmouth Elementary

Stephanie Laskey, Teacher – Edison Middle School

John-Paul Hoffman, Technology Integration – Canal Winchester Middle School

Winner of the School Premium License:

Courtney Baliman, Tech Coordinator – Kent City Schools

CONGRATS to all – you will be contacted soon with your fabulous prize!

Was anyone else in Columbus last week? What were your takeaways? And did we have the pleasure of meeting at the booth? Let me know in the comments!

TCEA License Winners

Austin, Texas and TCEA = Fun. Traveling to Austin, Texas = Not so fun.

The weather in Austin was not as good as it was a couple weeks ago when I was in Orlando for FETC, but it sure was better than Boston! Having said that, being able to walk around without a jacket was pretty awesome.

I attended a few workshops when I was down there, and I even had the chance to take a few of our Glogster EDU Ambassadors out to dinner one night. We went to Iron Works BBQ, and it was a fun night out! I can’t forget to mention that booth 1657 was rocking all week long too. Thanks to all who stopped by and supported us.

We gave away 11 Teacher Premium Licenses and 1 School License at TCEA.

Drum roll, please…

The 5 Month Teacher Premium License winners are:
Virginia Holcombe
Amy Fletcher
Danna Kubacak
Rita Baca
Jackie Stall
Robin Spencer
Rosemary Martinez
Jackie Stall
Kayla Hoffpavir
Pam Beall
Kristin Dawson

The School Premium License winner is:
Sarah Pedroth

Congratulations to all who won! I’ll be contacting you soon with your free license codes.

See you next year, Austin.

Glogster EDU at eTech Ohio

We are very excited to announce Glogster EDU’s presence next week at eTech Ohio’s “Next Generation Innovation” Conference.  The annual event, touted as the third largest educational technology show in the US, is taking place in the Greater Columbus Convention Center from February 13-15, 2012.

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The event is built by educators, for educators and offers pragmatic strategies, answers nagging questions, and shares valuable insights to address needs of college faculty, classroom teachers, and district administrators alike. The conference offers over 250 exhibit booths and boasts over 500 sessions and workshops that demonstrate students’ work, highlight new technologies, and discuss 21st century skills.

This is our first eTech Ohio conference and we are excited to be exhibiting! Please stop by booth # 838 to learn about all things Glogster EDU including: new district licensing, new platform and Glog creation tool launching this summer, and a mobile device app coming soon! Help us design the licensing option that exceeds your education requirements for project-based learning, digital literacy, and differentiated instruction.

If you need another incentive to stop by booth #838, we are giving away one School Premium License and five Teacher Premium Licenses for FREE!

We will also be supporting these GREAT Glogster EDU sessions:

Monday, February 13

  • 8:00 – 8:45 AM – Lisa Hoy presents “Cool Tools for Middle School” – Ballroom 1
  • 2:30 – 3:45 PM – Julie Simmons presents “Technology Tools for Primary Teachers” – Room C223
  • 3:45 – 4:30 PM – Jamie Hardin presents “Prezi, Glogster and Jing Oh My!” – Room C213

Tuesday, February 14

  • 10:45 – 11:30 PM –  Christine Walter presents “Web 2.0 Ideas for Students and Teachers” – Ballroom 1
  • 1:15 – 2:00 PM –  Karen Reiber presents “Tech Out Your Books” – Room C220-222
  • 3:45 – 4:30 PM –  Teresa Silvestri presents “Making Creativity Click with Web 2.0 Tools” –  Union C

You can view the entire conference schedule here.

Will you be at eTech Ohio? Stop by booth #838 or one of the sessions above to say HELLO!

If you’d like to set up an appointment during the conference to discuss your Glogster EDU plans, please email me at jim.dachos@glogster.com.

Hope to see you there!

Glogster EDU at TCEA

I am very excited to attend TCEA in Austin, TX next week!  I have never been to Texas before, but I have heard a lot of great things.  So, before we get to business, if anyone wants to show me around or has any recommendations, I am all ears!

TCEA

As most of you know, TCEA is one of the largest school technology events in the US.  Having said that, there will be plenty of booths to visit and sessions to attend.  Most notably booth Glogster EDU booth # 1657 and session titled Glogster EDU: Transform Your Classroom into a Virtual Learning Environment presented by yours truly!

We will be raffling off a Teacher Premium License ($99 value) and a School License  ($800 value!!) at the booth, so make sure you stop by to enter the giveaway.

Click to view the full-size Glog.

Here’s more info on my session:

Glogster EDU: Transform Your Classroom into a Virtual Learning Environment

Wednesday, February 8 at 10:30AM -11:30AM , Room 3

Transform “old school” poster projects into beautiful multimedia digital posters (Glogs) using today’s technology that will engage and motivate students of all learning styles.

These are some of the sessions I’m planning on attending:

1.  Tuesday, February 7: “Energize Your Classroom with Web Tools” presented by Robyn Hrivnatz and Sarah Bauguss on at 1:30 PM in Room 9B.

Tired of the same old poster projects, book reports, and classroom newsletters? Move beyond the chalkboard and reinvent your classroom with Glogster, Animoto, and Edmodo.

2. Wednesday, February 8: “Portfolios Using Glogster and iPod Touch” presented by Mary Carole Strother at 8:00 AM in Room 16B.

Learn how 5th grade students at our school created digital portfolios using Glogster to document their science learning. We will share our young digitial scientists wiki filled helpful resources including; setting up student glogster accounts, how to manage student portfolios, portfolio design lesson plans, and actual student science portfolios.

3.  Thursday, February 9: “2011 ISTE Technology Innovation Award” presented by Mary Carole Strother at 12:00 PM in Room 11AB.

Join us as we share our 2011 ISTE Technology Innovation Award winning wiki, Adventures with Maybelle. This collaborative project features Web 2.0 tools like Glogster, Blabberize, VoiceThread, Mixbook, QR codes, Animoto, Vokis, and Photobabble. We will share videos and projects from our Adventures with Maybelle Literacy and Multimedia Festival.

Check out the Glog for a full list of all Glogster EDU-related sessions. We’ll be giving away a Teacher Premium License at each of these, too!

Who else is going to TCEA? Which sessions do you have your eye on? Stop by booth #1657 to say hi, or tweet me at @glogsteredu  to meet up!

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.

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.

Come to our Webinars!

I’m excited to announce that the Glogster EDU team is starting up a series of regular Webinars. December’s Webinar topic is School and District Licenses. 

Learn how to use Glogster EDU to collaborate with your entire school or district, so ALL your teachers and students can get inspired! With a School or District License, your learners can interact with all the teachers in their community using a single student account. Jim, Brian, and Mike will guide you through all the basics of School and District Premium Licenses:  teacher invitations, student administration, the “3 P’s” (Projects, Presentations, and Portfolios), and more.

If you’ve been thinking about sharing Glogster EDU with your school or district or are just curious about how it works, please stop in! The Webinars usually last about an hour, and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions at the end.

You must register to attend. Registration is open to everyone, but only the first 100 attendees will be admitted to the Webinar, so get there early to secure your spot! The first Webinar is tomorrow — register below!

Register for Tuesday, December 13 at 5 PM EST

Register for Wednesday, December 14 at 3 PM EST

Register for Thursday, December 15 at 4 PM EST

Register for Tuesday, December 20 at 5 PM EST

Register for Wednesday, December 21 at 3 PM EST

Register for Thursday, December 22 at 4 PM EST

Register for Tuesday, December 27 at 5 PM EST

Register for Wednesday, December 28 at 3 PM EST

Hope to see you there!

How to Use Your Teacher Code: A Small Feature with BIG Impact

Imagine hassle-free Glogster EDU setup. Imagine if all you had to do was write 6 characters on the board and your students took it from there. No more long hours generating student accounts, no more tedious nickname changing…

Well, time to stop daydreaming. The solution is finally here!

You may have noticed a new jumble of letters and numbers in the box on your Dashboard. Something like this:

This is your Teacher Code. It may look small, but it will make a huge difference to your Glogster EDU experience.

Teacher Light and Premium users can still generate student accounts using the “Add students” option on your Dashboard, but now there is another way.

Distribute your Teacher Code to your new students and instruct them to register for an account through the student registration form.

When students register with your Teacher Code, they do not need to provide email addresses, and they can choose their own nicknames and passwords. For super easy management, instruct your students to use the same nickname format, like first name + student ID.

Students who register with your Teacher Code will automatically be attached to your Teacher Light or Premium account. If students need to change teachers, they can simply change their Teacher Code on their Dashboard, and their account will transfer to their new teacher’s license.

If you have a Single Free account, students can register with your Teacher Code as well. Their student accounts will “connect” to your teacher account in the system, so if you decide to upgrade to Teacher Light or Premium in the future, you will automatically gain control over their accounts.

Your new Teacher Code makes managing students easier than ever. Finally, your Glogster EDU dreams have become a reality.

For more information, check out the Glog below.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!

MassCUE 2011 – Stop by Booth #227!

To all our New England educators: If you’ll be at  MassCUE 2011 next week, stop by booth #227 to speak with Glogster EDU staff and enter to win FREE licenses. We’re giving away lots of goodies this year!

MassCUE Giveaway

There are 12 FREE licenses up for grabs:

1 School Premium License for up to 60 teachers and 600 students — a $1,200 value!

10 Teacher Premium Licenses, each with 1 teacher and up to 200 students — usually $99 each.

AND…

After you attend one of the Glogster EDU sessions, share your new knowledge by tweeting with the hashtag #GlogsteratMassCUE. The person with the most retweets will also win a free Teacher Premium License!

The Glogster EDU hands-on presentation on Thursday, October 27 is sold out, but there are several other sessions that are sure to impress! View a complete list of Glogster EDU sessions here.

To enter the giveaway, just stop by booth #227 to fill out an entry form.

Stop by!

If free licenses don’t tempt you, then maybe our smiling faces will. Come on by! We love to talk to users and hear your ideas. Glogster EDU is built on your feedback, so please come talk to us about what you like, want, need, think. . . we’re here for you.

See you at MassCUE!

-The Glogster EDU Team