Sunday, March 25, 2012

Glug, glug, glug, glog

Glug, glug, glug, glog
Don't get stuck in a bog.
A poster, dear spider, is so passé.
Try Glogster, I say, it is here to stay!

So what do I think about Glogster? I really enjoy the look of Glogster and the ability to embed multimedia within the glogs. I think it is a great alternative to paper posters that are destined only for the recycling bin.

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Jamie Renton, librarian at Harvest Park Middle School, suggests that Glogster allows students to:
  • demonstrate mastery of technology tools
  • collaborate with others to broaden and deepen understanding
  • use technology and other information tools to analyze and organize information
  • use the writing process, media and visual literacy, and technology skills to create products that express new understandings
  • participate and collaborate as members of a social and intellectual network of learners
  • use technology tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use, and access
Glogster can be used to represent learning in all areas of the curriculum and is fun to use. 

Here is an example of an English assignment:  
Here is an example of a science Glog:  

Carroll and Edwards (2012) used Glogster to explore poetry with a reluctant group of 12 and 13 year old boys. 
"The engagement with multimedia to explore this element of poetry was as enjoyable and interesting to the boys as it was to us as teachers. . . Using Glogs has expanded our understanding, added to our teaching practice and given our students the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity and understanding to an aspect of poetry they did not value at first." (p. 18).
In my practice as teacher-librarian at an elementary school, I will not be looking to use Glogster in the near future. It is a fairly complex endeavour that would be difficult for the students at my school right now. However, as I am working more and more with the students at my school using Web 2.0 applications, perhaps this year's Grade 1's will be ready for Glogster when they reach Grade 6!

Carroll, J. and Edwards, B. (2012). Boys, ballads and Glogster: Techno-poetry in Year 7. Literacy Learning: The Middle Years, 20(1), 16-19.

1 comment:

  1. These are so cool! I hadn't thought of setting up a lesson or an assignment on the glog. I will have to try that!