If you can blog sir, you can glogster
You can gloster all day long sir.
You can glog about a dog,
And embed a jumping frog.
You can do it, you will see
Just read this post, it’s written by me!
This week in EDC 3100 we were introduced to the concept of infographics which are graphic visual representations of information, data, or knowledge to provide essential information clearly and accurately. This need for instant and appealing information is characteristic of 21st century learners and can be fulfilled with multimedia programs that inspire creativity and generate instant information. Glogster is an award winning program that utilises multimedia to catch the viewer’ s attention. Its like an online poster that has come to life with video, audio, images and text.
I signed up for the 30 day free trial, as one of the teachers at my daughter’s school had recommended it, as did one of the learning activities for the week. Once you are signed in you can start virtually straight away, or view some of the tutorials to guide you through the dynamic process of creating a glog , but even with my generic ICT skills, I jumped straight in and was able to navigate my way around fairly easily. It’s very similar to creating a blog or website, with a hint of online scrapbooking to make it really SPARKLE. The other feature that sets this program apart from the rest is the ability to find and upload Youtube and Vimeo videos within the site. This feature saves time by eliminating the need to transfer data from Youtube for example, and upload again onto your Glog. Up until now I have had very little luck embedding mp3s into any sort of visual presentation, unless of course you pay for the upgrade, but Glogster allowed you to experience the full range of the glogs capabilities, and again easy to insert. I also had a lot of fun manipulating the frames around the pictures to fit in with a Dr Seuss theme.
There were a couple of things that I thought could be improved upon though, such as brief annotations to describe the function of a tool when you scroll your mouse across the symbol, to prevent losing data or undoing a process that you didn’t want. I also had a few formatting questions that could have been answered easily if directed to the start up guide or FAQ section. This is a feature that most other online presentation tools have and one that you miss it when its not there. Trial and error was also beneficial though as it allowed me to explore the special features of Glogster, such as background layout and animated stickers which appeal to both genders and all age groups. The worst part for me was waiting the few seconds for the media to upload, before I could add the finishing touches offered.
Glogster would be an asset to any classroom, for both teachers and students, and could be used in the following ways:
- school news letter
- group project
- weekly homework
- parent communication
- promote school initiatives and values
- School rules
Images courtesy of creators own collection
Linda, S. (1939). The Lion Sleeps Tonight [recorded by G. Weiss]. On Kids Fun: Games, Songs and Sing- A-Longs [CD]. Turn Up the Music