EDU Glogster- Part 1

29 03 2010


I finally feel like an expert in the online tool, EDU Glogster. It took many online readings and video tutorials from YouTube, but I feel confident to use and teach this tool and am happy that I chose to learn about such a useful teaching resource. I honestly think this is one of the easiest tools I have worked with because the layout of the site is easy to work in, the possibilities are quite endless with what you can do, and there is information all over the internet if you have any questions. They also have a link to frequently asked questions which answered every question I had (which weren’t many because it was so easy to work in). EDU Glogster FAQ

There are also many educational resources about EDU glogster provided right on the home page. I enjoyed reading these resources because they either provided information about EDU Glogster or why it is beneficial to use this program with students.

Here are a couple examples:

Review of EDU Glogster on TeacherFirst

Glogster EDU in Education

This is what I think:

Glogster- A great tool for anyone to use to create an interactive poster on any topic of their choice.

EDU Glogster- An amazing tool for teachers and students to use. This is what Ellyse and I are going to teach about in our presentation.

EDU Glogster can be teacher controlled. I think this is an important aspect to look at as educators because a lot of sites on the internet are great tools to use, but you have no idea what your students are doing until they are finished. Bright colours, fun images, and easy navigation make this tool not too intimidating for people to work with. I have heard of grade 1 students using it and of grade 12 students using it, so it is a valuable tool for any grade or subject. I have already posted about Glogster and think that it is a great tool, but I now realize as I have been working with these programs for 2 months, how effective EDU glogster is for educators and students.

Although Edu Glogster is free, you can purchase a premium version that includes more features. It costs $11.95/month per teacher, $99/year per teacher, or you can get a multi-licence purchase for a school district.

Getting Started:

  1. First click “register” and sign up for an account. Please note that you cannot use the same email address if you already have a glogster account. You will need a different one to register with EDU glogster.
  2. Once you have registered your teacher account, you can add a picture of yourself and update your profile to your liking.
  3. Next you can create your student accounts. You are allowed up to 200 student accounts. Students can go in and create a username and password and personalize their profiles. The nice thing is that no changes can be made without permission of the teacher. Also it keeps track of every student’s password, so if they forget it, you can easily access it to give it to them.

Here is how you create a glog:

Step 1:

  • Click “create a new glog”
  • The workspace will have some sample elements already on the page. You can delete anything that you don’t want to use want by clicking on the image and then clicking on the pink trash can.
  • You can drag any element around to where you would like it on your page
  • You can resize it by clicking and dragging the corners.

Step 2: The magnet tool is what you need to insert elements into your glog.

Step 3: Create your glog. Each of the buttons on the magnetic tool allow you to customize elements within your poster.

Wall: If you click the wall link, it will take you to 234 different backgrounds that you can choose for the background of your glog. You can also look under categories to find specific backgrounds that you might want and there are also solid coloured backgrounds to choose from. The selection is so large that you should be able to find something that fits the topic of the glog you are creating. Once you find the one you want, just click “use it” and it will be the new background of your glog.

Draw and Data: The draw and data tool can only be used if you purchase the premium EDU Glogster. They have great capabilities in uploading excel documents, as well, students can draw their own images to include in their glog.

Sound: You can add sound 3 different ways. You can “upload” sound from your computer (MP3s etc), you can “link” sound from another website, and you can “grab” audio from your computer’s webcam. The “grab” feature is a great because you can quickly record what you want to say and put it onto your glog. You can record for up to 10 minutes, so a student could reflect on their project, tell a story, etc.

Video: This is very similar to the sound element. You can upload, link, and grab video files to put into your glog. Also there is a “players” tab that you can click which provides a variety of play buttons that people can click to watch the video in your glog. One great thing about EDU Glogster is that they provide a link to SchoolTube within the Video toolbar. Students can look for videos from there rather than YouTube. Some videos on YouTube are quite inappropriate so this school appropriate site is a great feature to have so easily available for students to use.

Image: To add images, you can once again upload it from your computer, link it to a site, or grab it from your webcam. Also, there is a “frames” tab that you can click that provides a variety of frames that you can put around the pictures you include in your glog. This is nice because it adds more visual appeal to the glog.

Text: This to me is a very important feature on EDU glogster because although interactive posters are great and students can find links, videos, images, sounds, etc to show information on their topic, they also need to be able to put their own ideas, learning, and thoughts onto the glog. There are 396 different text boxs for students to choose from and they can also change the text size, font, and colour. This tool allows for them to include quotes, poems, stories, essays, etc that they have written.

Graphics: This feature in the magnet tool is great because it includes 882 images and animations that can be included in the glogs.It can fill space in the glog and add more of a virtual touch to the poster.

Step 4: Editing your glog. Watch this Jing to learn about the Edit Bar

Step 5: Save and publish.

  • You can preview your work by clicking the preview button. If you like your work, you can then name you blog and categorize it based on what it is about.
  • A great feature is that you can choose whether your glog is finished or unfinished. This way students can work on a glog for a few days and not feel pressured to get it done in one class. If a glog is unfinished, only the teacher and student can view it. If it is finished, the teacher, student, and classmates can all view it.
  • Because EDU glogster is teacher controlled, only the teacher can publicize the blogs. This way, the work done by students does not have to be viewed by the whole world, but only by the class. This is great if the school has a policy that controls what students can put on the internet.

I found this video very useful when I first started working in EDU Glogster:

Part 2 will be posted tomorrow about the rest of my learning on this great tool!




3 responses

29 03 2010

[…] EDU Glogster- Part 1 « Kaylamarlane's Blog […]

30 03 2010

Wow, looks like you have done alot with this site. I think Just by reading this post I could create an entire EDU Glogster with no problems at all. This is great help Thanks for posting it!

7 04 2010
March Teach Us « Kaylamarlane's Blog

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