This week I continued evaluating Web 2.0 tools and it was Glogster's turn. This "cool" tool can be found under two different web addresses: www.glogster.com, for personal use and social networking, and the one I will talk about in this blog, www.edu.glogster.com, especially designed for school use.
The EDU Glogster is an educational website for creating very colorful multimedia posters online called "glogs". It's a new way for students to show their learning creatively. It is also a collaborative learning platform where students and teachers can interact and "voice" their thoughts on anybody's "glog". There are three different account levels with different features designed according to your needs: Basic, Premium Teacher and Premium School.
One of the most important characteristics of this online tool is the fact that it fits any content area or school subject since its main purpose is to show students' creative expression of knowledge, and it meets and exceeds national technology standards, a very important feature for educators that look for original ways to integrate technology in their lessons.
The "Premium" account for educators allows teachers to set up their classes and set up individual student accounts and online portfolios. Also, once the "glogs" are created, they can be shared in multiple ways, kept private or available to your set classes only, or you can post them for public view and feedback. Educators can also create presentations with all their students posters or embed the presentations in their school webpages.
Well, I guess that's all for now. I can't wait to start my first glog. I'll be back soon with more on this Web 2.0 tool!