Hi there! Time flies extremely fast, and I couldn’t believe this is going to be our 4th entry! In this entry, I will provide an in-depth review on one of the constructive ICT tools that I have tested, which is Glogster. I have tried experimenting with other tools as well but somehow Glogster seemed to catch my attention the most.
“Glogster”, sounds cool isn’t it? I have never heard of this tool before and hence I thought I can start experimenting with it and perhaps it might come in handy for our Assignment 3.
Truthfully speaking, I did not even know what Glog is! My general knowledge must be very shallow!
Glog is actually the abbreviation for graphical blog which is “an online multimedia poster that combines text, photos, videos, music, graphics, links and other media elements”.
Then what about “Glogster”? When I first entered this website, I was amazed by its vibrant and eye-catching design. I felt in love with it on the first sight! =)
Glogster is a social network and platform that enables users to create free interactive posters, it allows us to create our own theme and add any graphics, texts, audio or videos according to our preferences. Want to know more about Glogster? Let the video does the talking then. =)
What drew me to delve deep into Glogster is that it has a channel dedicated to educators! It’s called Glogster Edu
. Since Glogster Edu is more relevant to classroom usage, I decided to scrutinize it and who knows you might find it useful too! =)
So what’s the functions of this tool?
-Similar to Glogster, Glogster Edu is a web 2.0 platform that easily allows users to upload photos, videos, text, audio, and other exciting resources to create a unique online, interactive poster.
-A channel for educators to keep students engaged and make learning fun. Teachers can use it for multiple purposes such as presenting a story, songs or teach important concepts.
-Easy to use interface designed to introduce basic concepts to students.
-Can be utilized for diversed subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science and any other subject.
Let me show you how this tool can be employed in the classroom.
We can add or edit any element of our poster according to our needs and preferences. Depends on how creative you are.
And this is the end product. Tadaaaa~ Aha…. I am not creative enough, so this is the best I can do…..Hehehe =)
So here are my personal opinions and thoughts after using and testing out “Glogster”.
The limitations of the tool:
I noticed that there are several drawbacks of this tool. First of all, I found that the design of this tool is more inclined towards girls. The themes suggested are more appealing to girls as they used a lot of flowery themes. Besides, internet connection is needed in order to use this tool as any editing work and previewing need to be done online; hence it might be a problem for those who do not have internet connection. These are the minor problems that I think might appear if we employ it in our classroom.
When can this tool be used:
I found that Glogster is such a useful tool with unlimited and myriad functions. There are countless ways of using it and it can be used throughout the lesson. For instance, teachers can use this to pre teach vocabulary or grammar such as the example given above. Teachers can even insert multiple videos to present a story (break a short video into several parts, then jumble up the video parts). Then pupils can be asked to rearrange the video parts according to the correct sequence. Quite interesting isn’t it?
Besides, teachers can also create any poster according to the theme, by selecting the wall (background) and also add necessary title and audio that are compatible with the theme. It can be used as a weekly revision or as a sum-up for any topic as well. In addition, teachers can also ask pupils to upload the pictures of the characters from a story and pick the stickers (there are many fascinating stickers available in Glogster) and add text to describe the characters of the story. Pupils can be asked to create their own posters too! Pretty cool isn’t it?
The user friendliness from the teacher point of view:
I think that Glogster is incredibly user friendly! It does not have complicated steps, everything is rather simple and straight forward. However, we must always remember to save our draft if not we might lose any data and need to redo the work.
The tool is suitable for which standard:
Glogster is definitely suitable for learners of all ages, ranging from Year 1 to Year 6, depending on how the teachers manipulate it. For instance, for the younger learners like Year 1 to Year 3, teachers can create the poster, chip in the resources that they want, and present it in the classroom. For upper primary pupils, teachers can ask them to create their own poster, but of course with consistent guidance from the teachers.
Overall, I would say that Glogster is just —> “Simply Superb“! It is no doubt a fun, interactive, interesting, capable and resourceful tool to be used in the classroom.
I think that’s all from me and please feel free to drop your comments ya!
Thank you and have a nice holiday! Happy Chinese New Year to those who are celebrating! Gong Xi Gong Xi..Hehe =)