Posts Tagged ‘glogster’

Surely You’re Joking, Mister Teacher

May 11, 2010

As I was parsing articles in Google Reader, I came across an article on the Learn Me Good blog titled, “Top 10 ways to close out the school year.” At first glance, I was appalled by what I saw. Napping contests? Surely you’re joking, Mister Teacher.

One of the ways I have decided to close out this year is to give students an opportunity to flex their creative muscles with Glogster.  Because I teach Computer Science, my bonus assignment asks the students to research famous computer scientists.  You might have them research people, places, current events, or other topics in your field.  The sky is the limit.

Glogster is a wonderful web-based interactive poster creation tool.  Far beyond PowerPoint, students can embed photos, videos, music, links, and text in a rich web-based environment.  When done properly, Glogs can be captivating for viewers.  Check out this student-produced work on the Grapes of Wrath or this Glog about Glogs (a meta-Glog?).

Educators can register up to 100 student accounts for free — no student email addresses required — at Glogster’s education site:  http://edu.glogster.com

Become a Discovery Education STAR

March 2, 2010

Discovery Education (the Discovery Channel folks) offers an excellent program for educators looking for new technology resources called the Discovery Education Network.  Active members who contribute to the community can gain recognition as Discovery STARS and receive a number of extra benefits, too!

One of the great things about being a STAR Discovery Educator is having so many opportunities to meet like-minded educators and learn what technologies and strategies work for them.  Back in September I was asked to present a session on podcasting at the Western Tennessee Day of Discovery in Collierville, Tennessee.  In October I got to meet a great group of folks both in person and online through the Fall Virtual Conference.  This weekend the Arkansas Leadership Council in association with the North Little Rock Best Buy’s Geek Squad will be presenting We’ve Flipped, a workshop on integrating Flip Video, video editing, and Glogster.

Now is a perfect time to join the Discovery Education community or upgrade to STAR status.  Check ’em out at http://dencommunity.com!