Teacher Review For Glogster

Good-bye Poster Boards, Hello Glogster!

My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I co-taught a mini-unit on Glogster with a teacher using the final products as a visual representation of the novel and students' understanding of the (author's purpose, themes, symbols, etc.) "The Giver", by Lois Lowery. We determined beforehand the artistic minimums (how many images, etc.), but students relied upon their understanding of the novel along with the many features this tool has to offer: images, text, flashing content, buttons, etc. Students had to be creative in choosing content to upload and display, which I also liked. Setting up the student accounts (using the class rosters) and then distributing the student log-ins was very helpful. It is worth it to do so. When I had questions about it, the people at Glogster were quick to respond with assistance. Furthermore, it is a great way to protect your students from signing up with their real names and email addresses, which keeps predators away! It's a great site to use with students and they really seemed to enjoy it!
My Take
I loved Glogster! It's a free online tool designed with creativity, students' privacy, and visual design in mind. As the School Librarian, I did most of the classroom setup (adding student names to generate account log ins) and taught students how to utilize this tool. The final products far exceeded my expectations. Students enjoyed this tool and were able to create unique, colorful, and compelling Glogs.