Teacher Review for Glogster

Interactive, creative, online poster creator

Kimberly L.
Classroom teacher
Lewiston-Porter Intermediate Center (Youngstown, NY)
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My Rating
Learning Scores
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I assigned my students a career research project in grades 9-12 and after conducting research they published a Glog. I had students meet rubric requirements of adding certain elements that Glogster provides. They had to add sound, video, animations, interactive scroll-able text boxes and additional graphics to support their career choice. When students were done, I had students embed the Glog into Moodle Glossary. Students then had to search the glossary for five additional careers that other students created. I had a worksheet for them to complete asking them questions regarding careers, such as, career name, salary, education, outlook, job responsibilities and skills needed. I chose Glogs instead of PowerPoint presentations. It satisfied creating and presenting information without the major time investment that a presentation project requires. This assignment also allowed students to learn about careers that they had never researched or learned of that they may have an interest in. Students are excited to use Glogster. One setback that we had was our filtering system on our Internet at school. If students worked on the assignment at home, and added videos regarding their career, the videos were blocked when they returned to school.
My Take
I started using this when it was free for teachers. Glogster gave 50 free accounts for each teacher to use. It is no longer a free website. However, paid or free it does provide a great service for creating online digital posters. Students can create interactive, creative digital posters. These posters are capable of being embedded into a learning management system such as, Moodle. Glogs can be printed as another option for an end product. Students can add pictures, video, sound and animations into their posters. This website could be used in grades 3-12 easily.