Glogster – Poster Yourself

December 24, 2009

If you haven’t used Glogster, then you should!

Glogster Example

An example from Glogster

This is an easy upgrade to develop the Design aptitude from Dan Pink’s A Whole New Mind.  I have used it with students and it is completely intuitive for them.

If you are not familiar with Glogster, it is basically a digital poster which has a resemblance to Facebook.  Students attach pictures and video to create an online poster.

As an example, I used Glogster during a unit over the Cold War.  Students had notes and reading guides from the textbook, and were asked to create a Glogster poster highlighting items and events from the Cold War.

The mechanics are pretty simple. Teachers sign up for an account and are sent an e-mail with logins for all of their students.  The logins are a bit cumbersome.  I printed out the e-mail and had students pass around the printout, initialing the login that they were using.  I also had students copy the login down in their planners.  I know of other teachers who printed out their e-mail and cut out each login so they could hand them out to students.

Once students log in it gets easy.  Students can choose templates and can then search the web for pictures and videos.  It’s as easy as cut and paste from that point.

My students really got into it.  Our district limits video usage, but I had students who logged in at home and attached videos.  When it is time to grade, teachers can log in and view each poster.

If you ever use student posters as projects, this is an excellent alternative.  One of my complaints about posters is storage.  Glogster eliminates this headache.  You can even log in from your home computer and grade any time.

Update to original post: Thank you for the comments from Mr. Dachos at Glogster EDU.  You will definitely want to check out Glogster EDU to take advantage of the features specifically added for teachers.  It makes things a bit easier!

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2 Responses to Glogster – Poster Yourself

  1. December 28, 2009 at 10:15 am

    I noticed your blog post and wanted to thank you for your kind words about our platform. I am surprized that you are not using Glogster EDU with your students rather than Glogster. There are many more exciting tools and opportunities to create a virtual classroom with EDU….check it out!

    • December 28, 2009 at 10:35 am

      Thank you for taking the time to comment! Glogster EDU looks very exciting. I plan on using it for my next project. From what I can tell it adds a component of privacy and security that is not available in the regular Glogster. Also it looks like you can monitor and update student account information which will be a big time saver. And I can’t wait to see the EDU 2.0 stuff you added in November.
      Thank you so much! Your comments are a huge help.
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