Web Wonder Week #9 - Glogster
Experienced teacher and tech visionary Dan Roberts shares practical ICT ideas to use in the classroom. This week he’s using a great online poster creation tool called Glogster.
Glogster is a really creative free site with the tagline ‘poster yourself’. A ‘glog’ is essentially an online poster. Students can combine text, pictures, graphics, video, and audio to create an interactive online poster. Although you do need to create an account, it is free and will take you less than 30 seconds.It’s worth having a tour around the site to check out how it’s being used before you leap in.
Glogster is a tool I’ve used a lot in the classroom over the years. Just a few years ago, my class was part of an international project which asked schools to create ‘glogs’ about their school and local area as a way to help children learn more about the world.
There’s an education element to Glogster consisting of specific ‘glogs’ for different subjects, you’ll find more info at: http://edu.glogster.com/?site=aus
How to use Glogster in the classroom
1. I used Glogster again this week with one of my chemistry classes where we were learning about the different groups in the periodic table. I asked groups of three students to create a glog of each group in the periodic table. For example, one group created a ‘glog’ of the alkaline metals which they then shared with the rest of the class.
2. You could get students to create a glog for each subject in your school as a way of promoting the benefits of taking this subject. You could then turn the glogs into a gallery to display on your school website.
3. Why not ask students to create glogs as a homework tasks. Once completed, the link could be emailed to the teacher to display or mark.
4. Students could make interactive revision posters and then print these to put up on their walls during their revision periods.
If you have a go at using this site then please leave a comment telling us a little bit more about how you used it and what the impact on learning was in your classroom.
Who is Dan Roberts?
Dan Roberts is a former deputy headteacher at Saltash.net Community School and is now headteacher at the International School Seychelles.
Dan is known to many who have read his blog as the ‘Chicken Man’ thanks to his work in the Recharge the Battery science project, which began when pupils wanted to rescue battery chickens from a local intensive farm to live a free-range life at the school. This scheme became the basis for a unique curriculum which has since been disseminated around the globe by Microsoft.
In recognition of his work, Dan won the ICT Visionary Award at the 2012 TES Awards, where he was commended as, “no one-trick pony (or even a one-trick chicken), but a bold scavenger who explores all sorts of different technologies and discovers new approaches for other teachers around the world”.
Keep up with Dan in on this blog and on Twitter @TesEdTech