What Is Glogster?
Glogster is like a digital bulletin board where students can mash together multimedia content, from text and photographs, to videos, screenshots, and other digital fare.
Think blogging with less text and easier-to-embed multimedia. Think pinterest, but single boards an dynamic multimedia. Think learnist, but less about learning specific topics and more about publishing digital “stuff.”
Is It Free?
Not really. Glogster is free for individuals and single educator accounts with up to 10 student sub-accounts, but use is limited–you can’t view examples from their Glogpedia, for example. For that (and other upgrades), you’ll pay between $30 and $100 per year.
But if you use it with any regularity, the cost is easily worth it.
How Can I Use It In The Classroom?
- Publish resources for groups and projects
- Getting struggling readers and writers to start producing
- Brainstorm writing for gifted writers
- Students can collect data on specific topics
- Teachers or students can post examples of non-examples of certain ideas or themes
- Teachers can create a visual FAQ of often misunderstood topics
Is It Worth Using?
That depends on what other similar tools you already use (blogging, pinterest, learnist, storify, etc.), and how often students work with visual media in your classroom. I’d suggest giving it a shot, and checking the screenshots of their “Glogpedia” for ideas if you’re not sure.
Check the video here for a quick review of how it works.