Teacher Review for Glogster

A clunky program with so many "bugs" that the purpose is defeated.

Maddie B.
Classroom teacher
Hudson High School, Hudson, WI
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
How I Use It
I have used it to create a profile about myself and my class to show on the first day of school, somewhat as a "getting to know your teacher" ice breaker. That went great! The kids were super impressed and engaged when I showed it. However, when I turned the tables and had the students make a glog, they used it to display some basic historical background research they conducted on To Kill a Mockingbird. They faced too many frustrations with the buggy site, and ultimately the glogs did not turn out very pretty or informative.
My Take
I thought it was a lot of fun to create a glogster. Because I understand these programs, I caught on right away on how to use it. However, my students, all high school aged, did not catch on to the program quickly. In addition, once all 25 of my kids logged on to create their glogs, the website was incredibly slow and buggy. It seems like this site is all about fancy clip art and animations, and not really about learning or enhancing the poster creating process. In the end, my kids were so frustrated they were practically begging to go back to the old fashioned way of hand making, cutting and pasting posters.