As promised in my last post, I will share my new favorite online resource with you today. GlogsterEDU, which I’ve already written a bit about in TESOL Connections, is absolutely amazing, and if you haven’t heard of it before, you should really check it out. A glog, as defined by Glogster here, “is an interactive visual platform in which users create a ‘poster or web page’ containing multimedia elements including: text, audio, video, images, graphics, drawings, and data.” Sounds pretty cool, right?
GlogsterEDU is the educational version of Glogster and offers extra features at lower prices for teachers and schools. There is even a free account that really gives you everything you need to get started using glogs in your classes.
You can read all about GlogsterEDU’s benefits and uses online, plus, if you have an iPad, you can get the free ebook, “Flipping the Classroom with GlogsterEDU,” to give you even more ideas. You can find a ton of tutorials and sample glogs on GlogsterEDU so it is easy to get started. I think you’ll find everything is rather intuitive and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to create visually stunning classroom materials.
There are a lot of possibilities with GlogsterEDU, but I see two main educational purposes for this site. I envision using glogs like Paraphrasing, which I made for an academic English class, to structure activities either in class or at home. Used in this way, the teacher-created glog functions like a Webquest, directing students from one site to another by linking all the related materials directly to the glog. Since you can include text, video, audio, and other forms of media, glogs can really be made to appeal to a broad variety of learners. I also see glogs being used for student projects and presentations where students work individually, in pairs, or in groups to create glogs that can be viewed by their classmates. At the very least, students can create fun posters that can be printed out and displayed in the classroom and on the other end of the tech spectrum, students can create interactive presentations that combine various forms of media and further engage classmates in the learning process.
I know some schools might question moving ESL/EFL classes into the computer lab (I know mine did) but with amazing resources like this, English listening, speaking, reading, and writing practice can be maximized. Go take a look for yourself and let me know what you think.