Creating Interactive Posters With Glogster
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Are your students tired of the same old hand-drawn posters — the ones that are "so 2000?" Do you read about 21st century educator skills and sigh in exasperation? If so, the technological wonder Glogster is for you. Glogster allows students to easily create interactive posters, or "glogs," and enables teachers to give their favorite lessons a quick face-lift. Sounds interesting, right? Read on for more details, and let the glogging begin!
As we all know, technology is a must in today's classroom. However, it is easy to get overwhelmed with the “latest and greatest” trends without knowing for certain that they will make a direct impact on our students. In addition, the current state of the economy has made it difficult for many districts to purchase big ticket items. So teachers must find ways to meet this challenge with limited resources. Glogster opens up a whole new way to incorporate innovative multimedia tools into your instruction without emptying your pockets. You may choose one of two different types of accounts: a basic Glogster membership for free or Glogster EDU for $99 per year. Although the latter offers more features, both options provide the essentials.
The Benefits of Glogster
1. It’s Easy to Use
At first, the idea of creating a glog can be quite intimidating, but in a short time you will be glogging with the best of them. I found that my students make excellent teachers. I have been using glogs in the classroom for several years. I always carefully introduce the concept only to hear myself asking, “How did you do that?!” when they discover some function I never knew existed. Glogster's standard set of options include:
These categories each contain a treasure trove of features to help make your glog as creative and unique as you want it to be.
2. It Can Be Used Across the Curriculum
Glogster appeals to all educators because it can be applied to any content area. Since text can easily be inserted, it’s a breeze to add a grading rubric that is clearly visible to students. I usually create a “master glog” that contains all of the assignment information and post the link on my classroom Web site for students to access.
From video predictions for novel endings in an ELA class (below, left) to cellular super heroes in a science class (below, right), the possibilities are endless. For more examples of how educators are using Glogster in their classrooms, see this glog on The Lightning Thief or visit the Glogster EDU Educator Resource Library, a vast database of lesson plans and rubrics, standards alignment activities, and media resources. The sky truly is the limit!
3. It Promotes Collaboration and Higher Level Thinking
Since this is a new and novel way of viewing material, students will be instantly engaged and grateful for the opportunity to showcase their learning. It’s also the perfect way to address the needs of all ability levels since you have the freedom to differentiate your assignments. I find that making glogs especially appeals to my visual learners who become transfixed by the bright graphics and excited by the freedom to express themselves in an artistic way. Glogster also promotes collaboration among students since they often help each other problem solve and “show each other the ropes.” I have even done small group glogs and was delighted by the effort put forth by each individual.
Remembrance: Steve Jobs (1955–2011)
On a side note, the world lost the ultimate technology pioneer recently with the passing of Apple’s Steve Jobs. His greatness is without measure, and we will forever remember his genius as a global educator. Without fear or hesitation, Jobs was willing to take risks and leaps of faith that he hoped would improve our lives on both broad and small scales. His immortal words are an inspiration to any classroom: "Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice, and most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become."