Today I will be reviewing the educational tool known as Glogster. This is a blog that allows the admin (Teacher) to invite students to an online community to upload their notes, lesson work, and assignments onto the website in an easy to use manner that is visually and educationally pleasing.
Glogster is a very useful tool for the students, the teachers, and the parents. It allows the teacher to remain organized, send reminders and upload to do lists online, and have a paperless or reduce paper classroom. The students are able to keep on task and be creative with their creations by adding any video or photo that they create or find, while at the same time having fun, reexamining the material to upload, and gaining important technology skills for the future. Parents are able to follow along with teacher updates, as well as their own childs progress and learn exactly what they are learning with the same notes or created material by the students
The software is so simple that I have seen ten year olds create pages that are more complex and visually pleasing than what I was able to make when I was sixteen and working with website creation software and photostop! In just twelve minutes, I was able to turn this into this. It only takes a few seconds to learn how to do and the creativity is incredible. One can hyperlink any text, video, picture, or animation with ease. Furthermore, students can look at other blogs for inspiration or for fun.
Glogster is very affordable for a single teacher to use for their entire classroom, and is an evnironmentally friendly way for students to get their work done while introducing them to important skills in computer literacy.. ..If I was doing this when I was ten I would have been ecstatic to complete my lessons and upload them to my blog!
Personally, I have only seen GLogster used in math class, but its implications are limitless for almost any subject of all ages. This is a tool that I am very likely to use in my classroom, assuming nothing better comes along until then! I would highly recommend this product to any educator that wants to teach their students technology and force them to reexamine the content taught while the students have fun!