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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:
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.
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
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
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Click here to view a tutorial of the basics of Glogster
References, Articles, etc.
ALA gives us a toolkit for Web 2.0 tools, including glogster.com.
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American Library Association. (2011). Teens and social media in school and public libraries: a toolkit for librarians and library workers. American Library Association. Retrieved from
Several teachers write up this piece (each person writes a different section) about “technology as a tool”, using glogster.com and Web 2.0 tools.
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Brown, M., Auslander, M., Gredone, K., Green, D., Hull, B., & Jacobs, W. (2010). A dialogue for engagement. Educause. Retrieved from
This is a school media specialist who uses glogster almost every day.
Cevalenza, J. (2010). Glogster now presents. School Library Journal. Retrieved from
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