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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Using Technology in the Classroom: Creating Glogs

"Glog" is a term that refers to "graphic blogs." In other words, these are a visually-based account of something. Think of a poster only with animations, sound, video, pictures AND text. "Glogster" is a free program that offers users the chance to visually display information on any particular topic of their choice.

In a classroom, glogs can be an effective way to synthesize or summarize information researched or even just to make fun posters on personally relevant topics. Glogster provides a rubric that can be used to evaluate a glog that I have altered to fit more with how I wanted to "mark" glogs made by my students. There is also a checklist found here as a "quick and easy" method of surveying how well a student has met certain basic requirements in completing a glog.

There are countless examples of finished glogs contained on the website and searchable on the internet. If you are looking for a way to introduce new technologies into your classroom practice, glogs can be an ideal (and powerful) first step on that journey. Give your students the opportunity to learn computer skills and exercise their creative powers using a safe and supported web 2.0 application.

Here is the first glog poster I have created for "Ignite. Incite. Inspire." (this blog).

This slideshow shows you step-by-step instructions on how to use the Glogster program.

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