One of my favorite technology projects to do with my students is to create Glogs, using the website: www.edu.glogster.com. Glogs are online posters, that can include a large variety of text and graphics. However, they can also be interactive, and include links to websites, videos etc. Students can create Glogs about a book they have read, a topic they studied (science, social studies, health, art, music – even math!) or they can create a Glog as a “how to” to show their friends (or you) the steps to a process they have learned (like solving a long division problem). The options are really endless! Glogs are simple to use and if each student signs up for their own account, they are free. (There is a way for you to monitor all of your students, but that is a paid service.)
Another use for www.edu.glogster.com is that as a teacher, you can create an interactive poster for students to use during their computer center. This is especially helpful if you have younger students, or if you have only one or two computers in your classroom. However, a teacher created Glog would also be a wonderful way to make your interactive white board into an independent center. For my class this year, I created a glog on Egypt (click HERE to view it) that my students used to complete their Egypt research book. (Feel free to grab a free copy from Google Docs.) The students loved that they could click on the weather box and find out what Egypt’s weather was like on that particular day. For my students who needed everything clearly given to them, all the answers were right on the main page, but for those students who needed a little more of a challenge, there are links to further information, allowing them to delve deeper into the subject.
How could you use Glogs in your classroom? I’d love to hear some of your ideas.