How I Use It
I used this product with a group of middle school students from church. We used it to create a poster that illustrated what we had learned about in visiting different faith communities. We were able to easily take pictures of the different places we visited: a mosque, a synagogue, etc. And then each of the students recorded a short audio or video explaining what we had learned. We then created a short text box to explain each place. The students used a computer connected to a projector to present their poster to parents.
This product was pretty easy to use -- it took me about 10 minutes to figure it out. It does not provide any pedagogy -- it is up to the teacher to create an assignment that supports student learning. It is basically providing an easy to use "canvas" for students to build on. I like that it supports Universal Design for Learning in that children with all types of strengths can add media that makes sense to them: a visual learner can add a lot of images, a text based learner could add a lot of text, and so on.
I had a few concerns that were more general. I noticed that you can look at other Glogs that have been shared and I wondered about privacy issues. For example, I looked at a 9 year old girl's Glog that told her first and last name, where she lived, what her birthday was, who her family was and so on. Students have a choice about what to share with the public, and this can present a great learning opportunity about privacy issues, but the teacher needs to be clear to the students that personal Glogs should not be widely shared. This product also provides access to the entire web for students, and I would love it if the developers had a setting so that the teacher could restrict access to only educational sites.
Glogster is an engaging way to share ideas visually in a poster. It can combine images, videos, text, and audio on one page to create interactive posters. Anything that used to be done in the classroom with posters -- such as creating a timeline, sharing information about a topic, demonstrating learning or showing the results of a science fair project could be done on Glogster (a graphical blog).
It would be important that the classroom had either a projector or a large interactive white board or screen to use this for presenting to an entire class.
I would recommend only using this product with older students (middle school and high school) due to privacy and web access concerns. I found Glogster really fun and easy to use.