Getting Started with Glogster to Create Digital Interactive Posters

Engaging Student Learning Web 2.0 Tools

As students and as teaching professionals, we’ve all made poster-board posters to present and share information with others. They are practical, economical, and serve their purpose well.  But, the problem with poster-board presentations in this digital age is that they are limited to displaying text and images. Also,sharing a poster-board presentation is restricted  to a time and location where everyone can be in one physical place to view it in person. Glogster, a Web-based tool for creating digital interactive posters, can be a great tool to overcome these issues and to bring your posters to life.

An online poster created with Glogster, also known as a “Glog”, can contain text, graphics, audio, video, animation, and hyperlinks to Web-based resources. Glogster even gives you a variety of easy-to-use tools, templates, and graphics libraries to make the creation process a breeze. Because these posters are created and stored at your own Glogster account, you can share them with anyone, anytime by sharing the URL Web address of the poster. You can even embed the entire poster in a Web page by using an HTML embed code.

How Can Glogster be Used in Education?

Any poster that can be created with traditional poster-board and markers can be brought to life as a Glog. Here are just a few ideas regarding how you could use Glogster in your courses. Check out Glogster’s Best Glogs to see actual examples of Glogs made by instructors and students.

As a Student Project Tool

Glogs are great for creating biographies, timelines, galleries, project summaries, and more. In language arts courses, they can be used to develop skill in written language and communication skills. In science courses, they can be used to explain a theory, formula, share the results of an experiment, or document a technique. In addition to being a great tool to foster the development of skill with the Web, digital media, and information sharing, Glog posters can be an excellent outlet for a student’s creative self expression.

Take a look at this student Glog about the Boston Tea Party.

As a Teaching & Learning Tool

Instructors can create Glogs to serve as learning objects, such as visual posters for unit summaries, outlines of key concepts, and guides for discussions or other activities. It is well known that the inclusion of multimedia resources in lessons promotes student engagement in the learning process. Glogs can also be used to help the instructor develop a social presence in online classes. For example, a simple “Class Introduction” Glog can present “getting started” information about the course in a fun, friendly, welcoming way when it includes audio or video of the instructor speaking.

Here is a great example of a Glog being used as a learning object in a biology course.

So How Do I Get Started?

Sign up for a free Teacher account at Glogster EDU. You will get a a single-user account that will allow you to create, save, and share private Glogs using a simple, but powerful set of tools. Additional features and options are available with purchase of a Glogster EDU license.

Check out these video tutorials to learn more about creating your first Glog.

Creating Your First Glog

Publishing and Sharing Your Glog

Additional Resources

To learn more about using Glogster as a teaching and learning tool, check out these articles and videos.