With a fun and easy interface, Glogster maybe the new alternative to old history standard standup cardboard tri fold.
Glogster.com is a new digital tool website that allows a user to easily grab images and all kinds or multimedia straight from Google or from their computer and synthesize them for one stand alone interactive poster. The website provides many different templates to help someone along the path that maybe has an idea in their head, but is not quite sure what they want their final presentation to look like. For someone who is more of the creative control type Glogster can also start with a completely blank canvas.
With a simple start bar featuring the easy to access tabs with Text, Graphics, Image, Wall, Audio and Video any age range with proficiency in the computer can get into creating a tight, clean and compact Glog.
Glogster comes pre packed with a wide variety of themed clipart, basic shapes, as well as for the more adventurous animated shapes and arrows to highlight the many options available for your text and textboxes the actual meat of the presentations. With Glogster no longer will one have to have that laptop to the side of their spoken presentation for their video section. Glogster can let the presenter quickly switch all in one page from text points to a youtube clip making it a must use for the Social Studies classroom and allow a student to gain greater understanding of the topic especially for the rapidly growing numbers of visual learners.
While I’m excited to see the possibilities of Glogster as it can be used as a PowerPoint alternative. While getting ready to start work on a Glog for my bible study class, the website has an error message that explained that because it uses all “cloud storage technology” that it is currently unavailable to actually create new Glogs or view them.
This could be an issue with people trying to access their Glog for a presentation on presentation day. Also certain aspects of the Glog make it come off as too “Childish”. A college professor would have a hard time being taken seriously with a Glog. This may be due to the fact that the Glog’s poster space may not be enough room for whatever is on the curriculum. Time wise a PowerPoint is the better option. If the presentation will not take over ten minutes max or you do not mind pulling up another Glog then Glogster is the tool for you. Finally, Glogster is only available on a bases and starts for educators at $40 and up.