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Design an online poster

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Design an Online Poster


Student DrawingOne of my favorite things to do as a student was to make posters. I guess it was a precursor to being a teacher and my love of constructing elaborate bulletin boards. For my posters, I would cut out pictures from magazines and paste them on a large poster board. I'd use my best handwriting and my best Sharpie to write the title of the poster across the top and to write whatever was expected on the poster.


Posters are a good medium for students to convey what they have learned. A lot of thought goes into making a poster. The poster-maker has to decide what and how much text to include. The creator also needs to decide what images to to use and their placement. Layout, colors, and theme are important considerations when designing a poster.

When a teacher has a classroom full of students making posters, physical space is at a premium. Teachers often have a hard time finding a place to store and display all of those posters. Students can become frustrated with posters because they are not easily changed once markers have been used and their pictures have been glued down.


Now there's a techie way for students to create and share virtual posters, and they're called glogs. Glogster is a free website where teachers and students can create glogs and it doesn't require any paper, markers, or glue. Glogs and can be shared with the world because they are published online. Unlike physical posters glogs can include audio and video. Glogs can be easily edited and changed at anytime.


Once a glog is saved, it is given a web address. A glog also has an embed code so it can be used as a web widget on your website, blog, or wiki. I made a glog and embedded it below. It tells some of the basics about Glogster. If the glog is too small for you to read, click for the full-sized version.




There are lots of ways teachers and students can use glogs. Here are some examples:


Traci Blazosky, first grade teacher in Pennsylvania, uses Glogster for her classroom website. She embeds her glogs into her class wiki called B-7 Bobcats. In fact, her main page is a glog and many of her other pages are also glogs. This allows Traci to have a colorful, interactive, and attractive website for her first graders.


Seventh grade science classes studied the environment and created glogs about environmental heroes. A couple dozen glogs can be found on the Environmental Heroes wiki, including Jane GoodallTheodore Roosevelt, and Ansel Adams.


Neil Stephenson, a 6th an 7th grade humanities teacher in Canada, had his students research bilingualism in their country's history. Students then summarized and expressed that information in glogs. Neil notes that his students were able to focus on collaboration skills and historical understanding because Glogster is super easy to learn how to use.


Primary school teacher Mrs. Norris uses glogs as ways to present links to her young students and their parents. Her Math Sites glog includes links to eight interactive math websites for kids. It includes a screenshot for each site to make the glog very visual. She also has a glog with sixteen links to sites forreading practice.


Ninth grade language arts students participated in a Glogster poetry project. Their teacher, Jared Nichol, linked to each student's poetry on his Student Poetry Glogs page. You can read more about the project at Jared's Journey's in 2.0 Teaching blog.


All in all, glogs are great combination of posters and webpages. You can't beat the price and convenience!


Some tips and links for using Glogster:

  • One of the best ways to learn about Glogster (besides just diving right in and creating your own glog) is to go through this presentation called Glog On.
  • Be sure to sign up using the EDU zone at glogster.com/edu. There you can easily set up accounts for your students. Glogster will email you with a list of usernames and passwords.
  • Teacher accounts are connected to their students' account as friends, allowing teachers to see their students' glogs.
  • Glogster How-To Guide is a nice quick start guide to setting up an education Glogster account.
  • Metronet Information Literacy Initiative wiki has lots of information and examples about using online posters in education.
  • When building a glog, be sure to save early and often. The saving process requires users to publish the unfinished glog, but that's ok. After publishing, users have the option to go right back to editing the glog.
  • Glogster may be blocked in your school, so you might have to persuade your technology department to unblock the glogster.com/edu side of the site.


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