GlogsterPosted: April 23, 2012
Many teachers use Glogster, including me. It is a nice extension of the classic poster project allowing links, videos, and other features that a foam-core creation would not include. It serves as a very accessible web 2.o tool for teachers who might be more resistant to less familiar formats, and I have seen firsthand how building a glog can engage students or student groups. With the right setup, the projects can present solid research, cite sources, and follow good design principles.
There are a few, major pitfalls to avoid. The first is making sure students, and their parents when they hear of this new website, go to edu.glogster.com. Glogster.com has a great deal of material that is not appropriate for schools. Parents can react quite quickly if they think this is where their students are spending their time during the school day. Next, Glogster makes it appear that students must fill in their profile with personal information to continue working. All they need is a nickname and a password. Under a teacher account, the students will not be exposed to public viewership if desired. However, it is good practice to teach students to recognize what information they have to give and what is optional for any site and why these sites might want a lot more info than they really need.
This week, I will start using Glogster with some third graders. Hopefully, I can avoid some of the pitfalls while helping engage the teachers and students in a digital tool.