Teacher Review For Glogster

Creative and student-friendly poster creator

Julia T.
Media specialist/librarian
Mellon Middle School
Pittsburgh, PA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Rating 5
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use Glogster as a presentation tool with 6th graders for an author research unit. The student's create a Glog that has personal, writing career, quotations by their author, and other interesting facts information. The students are readily able to organize the information on their Glog and let their creativity loose in creating a visual representation based on aspects of the information they have learned through their research. Part of the reason that I chose Glogster for this project is because it lends itself to brief writing. It is not as easy for the students to copy and paste large amounts of text onto their Glog. This, in turn, aids in the actual presentation aspect as students are not reading from the Glog, but telling the class what they have learned about their author and verbally adding information to what is actually on their Glog.
My Take
Glogster Edu can be used as an organizational tool or as a creative and interesting alternative for presentations. The intital set-up for teachers is not cumbersome and the paid version allows for a large number of students to be added to your "class". Students find it fun and easy to use and are able to choose from a number of templates or create their own themed poster. The student logs in with the teacher's classroom code and then the teacher is able to view each glogster that is created. There is an extensive help section that can be easily accessed when needed.