As I reflect on the various free social and web 2.0 education tools that I come across on a daily basis, there is one product that is always in the forefront of my mind. That product is glogster.edu, a site in which students (and teachers and administrators too!) can create online multimedia posters (called “glogs”). Using the term “online multimedia poster” doesn’t even begin to describe the transforming power this product has for students and teachers though. There are many benefits of using Glogster for education. I’ve listed only three benefits below. Please see the glogster.edu site for more benefits and features.
The first benefit is that using Glogster.edu increases digital literacy. glogster.edu allows all subject teachers to create a digital learning environment. Students learn social technology in an easy-to-use format that helps make learning fun. Glogs can be used for individual or group projects. Using the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21-st Century Learner (2007), using glogster.edu allows students to:
- demonstrate mastery of technology tools
- collaborate with others to broaden and deepen understanding
- use technology and other information tools to analyze and organize information
- use the writing process, media and visual literacy, and technology skills to create products that express new understandings
- participate and collaborate as members of a social and intellectual network of learners
- use technology tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use, and access
The second benefit of using Glogster in the classroom is that it enables standards mastery. Glogster.edu enables schools to meet and exceed educational technology and content area standards for creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration, research and information fluency, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making, and digital citizenship (Glogster, 2011).
For example, using Glogster in the classroom meets the Common Core Standard for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects Writing standard Production and Distribution: “With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.” (Common Core Standards, 2010)
The third benefit to using glogster.eduis that it incorporates the three Universal Design principles of engagement, representation, and expression (Glogster, 2011 and Guillaume, 2008) by:
- tapping into learners’ interests, offering appropriate challenges, and increasing motivation
- giving diverse learners options for acquiring information and knowledge
- providing learners options for demonstrating what they know
I have spoken with many students and teachers who have used Glogster for school assignments. Students think it is fun to use glogster.edu to express what they have learned. Teachers like it because it engages the visual, artistic and creative side of students and increases their motivation.
The above three benefits are only three of the many benefits to using glogster.edu. Check out the glogster.edu website for more benefits and features. Students will enjoy using Glogster and educators will have fun assessing the results!
American Association of School Librarians. (2007). Standards for the 21st-century learner [Brochure]. Chicago: American Library Association.
California’s common core content standards for english language arts & literacy
in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. (2010).
Retrieved from Sacramento County Office of Education via California
Department of Education website: http://www.scoe.net/castandards/agenda/
Glogster. (2011). What is Glogster EDU? Retrieved from http://edu.glogster.com/
Guillaume, A. M. (2008). K-12 classroom teaching: A primer for new professionals
(3rd ed.). Columbus, OH: Pearson.