Glogster

Online tool for making multimedia posters


Glogster is an online tool for the creative, visual learner to make a multimedia poster. A Glogster is a poster with video, text, pictures, and sound. While many use it to make posters about themselves, Glogster has also been used collaboratively in the classroom. Glogster even has a special site for teachers: http://edu.glogster.com/. Glogster for teachers allows for a collaborative class project, rather than a personal use. Students can use Glogster to make posters about what they are learning in school, and it is all managed by the teacher in a safe environment. While Glogster has a free version open to the public, the educational version for teachers has both a free basic Edu option and a premuim Edu option with paid subscription. Glogster is also used as a social networking site. Users can show how they are feeling, like others’ posters, search for posters like their own, share their posters with their friends, and make a new one anytime.

  • Special Features
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    Glogster's home page

    • Allows for the integration of text, art, and media
    • Has a separate site geared toward educational needs
    • Accessible from any computer with the appropriate internet connection
  • Strengths

    • User friendly/easy to use
    • Web-based with no need to download any software
    • Poster designs can be either be simple or complex
    • Offers a myriad of design options (graphics, text, pictures)
    • Gives you the ability to upload your own media
    • Allows you to add music, videos, and sounds
    • Has the option to save and publish your Glog so that it can be shared with others
    • Allows you to view other people’s public creations for inspiration
    • Provides access to an online community of people who use Glogster
    • Links can be added to images in the final Glog
    • Encourages student sharing and creativity
    • Offers a premium educational edition specifically for teachers and students
  • Weaknesses

    • There are some restrictions creatively—for example, the clip art selection is limited
    • Students would have to have basic computer skills to use Glogster
    • Could potentially take more time to complete a Glog versus creating a poster by hand
    • In order to create a video or original sound clips, students would need access to a webcam and microphone
    • Might be difficult for students with disabilities to navigate through Glogster

Comparison to similar Web 2.0 tools


  • http://prezi.com/
    • Prezi is a tool used to create online presentations. This is similar to Glogster as it allows for multimedia to be incorporated into a medium that can be shared with peers.
  • http://voicethread.com/
    • Like Prezi, Voicethread is another presentation tool. Pictures, videos, and sounds can be added to slides to create a cohesive product. Glogster is similar in the sense that it also allows media. A Glog, however, is only one "slide."
  • http://goanimate.com/
    • Go Animate allows for the creation of cartoons. It is a basic computer animation tool. While Glogster does not have an animation feature, the graphics and clip art offer the user a single frame cartoon feel.
  • http://blabberize.com/
    • Blabberize is a tool that makes an uploaded picture appear to be talking. Upon browsing Blabbers, it seems one of the uses is for famous figures to give a mini history lesson. Like Glogster, it is another multimedia tool.
  • http://www.schooltube.com/
    • SchoolTube is a site where teachers and students can share videos. Glogster's educational version is similar because it also allows teachers and students to create unique videos and upload them online.
  • http://www.wordle.net/
    • Wordle is a tool that takes a string of words and turns them into visual word art. The manipulation of, in this case words, is one function of Glogster. Wordle automatically creates a visual based on the criteria chosen while users actually move each text block around in Glogster.



Learning Connections




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Tutorial


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