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Tips for Teachers Using Glogster in the Classroom

Glogster is one of the most versatile Web 2.0 tools for teachers.

Tips for Teachers:

1. Use these minimum image sizes to avoid blurriness. (My students have discovered through trial and error that these picture sizes work best when creating their glogs.) -

  • Picture for Wall 800x800+
  • Other pictures for glog 400x400+

2. A rubric is a good assessment tool for glogs. Remember to give students a copy of the rubric that will be used to evaluate their completed glog and oral presentation at the beginning of the project.

3. Thorough planning is imperative to have a successful learning activity using glogster.

  • For research-based projects students should complete all research before creating their glogs.
  • Remember to include plenty of time for students to search for appropriate images, videos, sound and hyperlinks for inclusion in their glogs.
  • Have students pre-write information for textboxes. It is more difficult and time-consuming to “compose” at the computer for most students.
  • Since Glogster does not have a spell-check tool, all text, including titles and captions, must be carefully proof-read.
  • When creating their glogs, have students follow a sequence for inserting elements, such as first the wall and title for the glog. Then text can be added, followed by pictures and their captions. Videos, sound and graphics can complete the glog.
  • Be sure to build time in the planning stage for students to present their glogs to other students. Even though textboxes may include their research findings, remind students to “talk” their topic and not to just read the information in their textboxes. Glogs are good tools to encourage students to participate in oral presentations.

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