Glogster

Glogster EduGlogster is a Web 2.0 platform that allows users to create interactive online posters called glogs, by adding images, videos, audio and text. As a learner-centered tool, Glogster supports students’ building of knowledge by allowing them to construct their own meaning of the content. 

Price 7-Day Trial (Free)
Personal ($29.99)
Elementary ($39)
Secondary ($95)
Faculty ($390)
Type of learning ConnectivismConstructivism
Ease of Use ★★★★✩
Privacy ★★★✩✩
Accessibility ★★★★✩
Class Size Depends on type of account
ISTE Standards for Students Knowledge Constructor,  Empowered Learner, Innovate Designer, Creative Communicator

Glogster supports culturally responsive practices since students can use this tool to show what they know and can do, share their passions and interests, and reveal what they care about. 

Students can use Glogster as a way to build upon their knowledge and present their learning. Learners enjoy making their own meaning and showcasing it to others in an interactive, online poster. The multimodality of  the Glogster tools supports different learning styles, while motivating learners to complete a learning task. Its format promotes the construction of new knowledge while balancing mastery of skills and the use of multimedia and web resources.

Glogster-Site Evaluation Video transcript

Glogster & the SAMR Model

  • light bulb outline with the word "create" insideSubstitution: Teachers create a glog with text and images a video that has specific directions about a project or activity students are currently working on (as opposed to leaving a regular plan for a substitute teacher when the teacher is absent).
  • Augmentation: Teachers create an online poster with multimedia, for students to review a subject, rather that providing them with a handout.
  • Modification: Students use Glogster to display their learning about a specific subject, using text and images (as opposed to creating a paper poster). By incorporating interactive multimedia – audio, video, hyperlinks – in  a glog, students are able to give more depth information and provide a more engaging presentation, that can be accessed at any time.
  • Redefinition:  Instead of using a paper poster to share their learning on a presentation, students are able to share their multimedia glogs via social media (Facebook, Twitter), networks such as Pinterest and Linkedin, or via email.

Learning Activities

Social Studies / ELA 4th grade: After conducting a short research project about the different U.S. regions, students use Glogster to collect and display their knowledge. They will be able to use images, record audio, and add text explaining the features and characteristics of each region.

Timelines/ Sequence or transition words. Students create personal timelines using Glogster. These timelines can be interactive with photos, videos, interviews, sound, and digital artifacts. They can use the multimodality of a glog to make graphic representations of the chronology of events of their lives.

colorful puzzle pieces with the word learning.Math: Math Explanations. After creating a template for math word problem justification responses, students will create a glog that uses photos, videos, audio, and writing as means to explain their thinking and how they solved the problem.

Reading: Book Report. Glog that Book! After reading a fiction book, students share the fiction features (character, setting, problem, solution, etc.) They will create a glog to present and share their book report with peers.

Science: Students in 2nd grade make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. With the use of the Glogster features, students can use images, videos, and text about a particular habitat to gather a deeper knowledge and understanding about a specific habitat and the animals and plants that live in it.

Resources

How to Use Glogster Edu – A Guide for Students

Log in on  https://edu.glogster.com/login and fill in the information needed to use Glogster as a student. To create a Glog follow these steps:

  1. Click on “CREATE A NEW GLOG” or choose a premade template.
  2. The background is called the “WALL.” The wall can be changed at any point.
  3. To add text boxes, choose “TEXT” then click “USE IT.”
  4.    Text boxes can be edited!  You can change the color, size, location or direction.
  5. Graphics can enhance the appearance of your project. Graphics can also be edited!
  6. Adding images to Glogster is quite easy. Use your own or provide an image link. You can also add FRAMES to your images.
  7. Glogster also allows you to upload videos (even from YouTube) and music.
  8. It is a good idea to save your work periodically. Click “SAVE AND PUBLISH.” Name your Glog, select a category, then click “SAVE & PUBLISH.”
  9. Once you saved, you can “CONTINUE EDITING” to go back to work; if you are finished you can share your Glog in many ways such as email, social media or Pinterest.
  10. Happy Glogging!

Research

Baker, C., & Wills, T. (2013). Have You Used a Glog Yet?. Teaching Children’s Mathematics, 19(5), 324-327.

Carroll, J., & Edwards, B. (2012). Boys, ballads and Glogster: techno-poetry in year 7. Literacy Learning: The Middle Years, 20(1), 16.