Tuesday’s Tool: Glogster EDU

What are your ideas about how students prefer to creatively express their learning? Through images? Text? Video? Audio? They can incorporate any or all of these when creating a Glog in Glogster. What’s a Glog? Some say it’s a graphical blog. True, but you might also think of it as an interactive, online poster. Watch this video tutorial to see how it works…

Some teachers recently requested troubleshooting help with saving their students’ Glogs. The problems they were having resulted from using a regular Glogster account in the classroom. You can avoid the issues they experienced by signing up for a Glogster EDU account. Here are a few of the advantages:

  • Student accounts are easy to create. Make sure you register for the EDU zone, and add desired number of student accounts from your dashboard (on bottom right). You can have up to 100 student accounts in the free EDU version.
  • You will receive an email with a unique nickname (username), password, and first login link for each student. *Student usernames and passwords are auto-generated. With the free version, you cannot change student usernames, but you can change their passwords. The first time a student logs in, he/she will be given option of entering a name for easier identification within your group, but this will not change his/her username.
  • Students cannot see content from the regular Glogster site when they are making Glogs in the EDU zone.
  • Students may save their Glogs by clicking “Save or Publish” at top right of workspace. They will have option to select “finished” or “unfinished” before saving. (The quickest way to get back to their Glogs to edit them from their dashboard is to click on username at top right. Glogs will come up; click on Glog name to edit.)
  • You can change visibility of student Glogs by marking them Unfinished Private, Finished Private, Public for All, or Deleted.
  • You and all of your students are connected; students can see each other’s Glogs and leave comments.
  • You can moderate comments and send/receive messages with students.

Do you still have questions? Check out Glogster’s FAQ’s. When you’re ready to get started, this video can help.

You’ll also want to download Glogster’s Teacher Resource Library. It includes sample Glogster activities that are aligned with state, national, and technology standards, sample lesson plans, and a library of multimedia resource links.

You won’t have to spend much time exploring Glogster before ideas for student and/or teacher use begin popping up in your mind.

Happy Glogging!

Debbie Perkins is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center.