Review by Stephanie Trautman, Common Sense Education | Updated July 2015

Glogster

Interactive, online multimedia posters display knowledge dynamically

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Pros: Great interactive and sharing features let users present information with text, images, and multimedia elements.

Cons: The Glogpedia contains glogs on all sorts of topics, some of which may not be appropriate for younger kids to explore.

Bottom Line: Unique presentation tool offers empowering opportunities for self-expression.

Teachers need to create an account and should create a free trial account first to explore the site before paying to use it in a classroom with students. The site guides users through its excellent tutorial videos -- the best place to start. Teachers can also gain inspiration on using glogs through Glogster's Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter communities. Then teachers can set up classes and invite students to use Glogster through the teacher dashboard. Teachers can view student progress on glogs and grade glogs through the dashboard. 

Teachers can use this as a tool to display knowledge: Have students present information they've learned, allowing them to create glogs for individual or group collaboration work. They should remember principles of good design: Use concise language, choose high-impact graphics and images, and use appropriate videos and songs to convey clear messages.

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Glogster is a website devoted to self-expression and presentation of knowledge. It allows users to create glogs, which are online posters that contain text, images, and multimedia elements. Users can upload their own images or use images and elements provided on the site. When first beginning a glog, users choose from templates and can use the creation toolbar to add text, graphics, and images; change the wallpaper; and add audio, video, and other types of data.

The site has a social dimension: Users can post their glogs to the Glogpedia, a social site where users can see the glogs of many other users. Gloggers can post comments, rate glogs, and add friends on the site. The site also awards “G points” to users for creating glogs, inviting friends, and embedding glogs in their online profiles. Glogs can be set to public or private.

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Simply stated, a glog is an online poster, yet it offers much more through its multimedia components and its ability to be shared with others. Students will learn about digital design and explore how to display different forms of media on their glog. Students will gain new conceptual understanding of how to showcase content and will be able to organize their thinking visually with impact. Keep those privacy settings in mind: It will be best for your students to set their glogs to private, and you should be cautious about letting kids roam around the site, since some glogs may not be kid-appropriate. However, if you spend some time rooting around the Glogpedia, you can easily find some stellar, classroom-ready glogs to get them inspired.

Overall, the site is great for creation and outstanding visual, interactive displays. The thought that kids put into their glogs and the variety of media they use will benefit them most, helping kids explore their creativity while understanding how to effectively present information in an informative and interactive way. There's not a ton of guidance along the way, but with detailed teacher guidance -- and some careful curation of what's OK to explore -- this could be a neat presentation tool for your classroom.

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Overall Rating
4

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?
5

Its unique design and presentation elements allow users to actively engage in presentations, and allow audiences to engage too. Students will enjoy making their own meaning and showcasing it for others in an interactive, online poster board.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?
4

Students will create one-of-a-kind designs with text, images, and multimedia elements, but may need expectations outlined by a teacher ahead of time. Users take an active approach in their design and presentation skills.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?
4

The site offers "Glogster School," a comprehensive training site with online courses full of tutorial videos and downloadable content. Super-active social media posts offer tips and best-of lists from the Glogpedia.


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Stephanie Trautman Classroom teacher

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Janine K. , Classroom teacher
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Gotta Go With Glogster

Glogster is a great resource to show the students a way to incorporate a variety of media tools in one presentation. I love that it is on one page because as the students present, they are not distracted by transitioning slides. It is easy to follow and creates an engaging presentation, especially for young students. They tend to lose their train of thought easily and they just look to their glog and they are reminded of their thoughts. It is an anchor chart that they create digitally and I love that they can have this as a publishing choice when creating and designing their drafted writing pieces. I just wish it was free for teachers. Subscriptions add up and become expensive. That would be the only thing that held me back from using it in the future.

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