Glogster

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.

Different Glog Templates

Different Glog Templates

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.

Glog user Tool bar

Glog user Tool bar

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.

Finished Glog

Finished Glog

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.

Glogster Error message

Glogster Error message

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.

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Flaws of Wikipedia and Valley of the Shadow CD-rom

Is it wrong of me to say that Mills Kelly has the spirit of doctor of the church Martin Luther? Without his social experiment major flaws that are found within the communities of sites like reddit, digg, and Wikipedia would have gone on to spread misinformation for years.

Professor Kelly’s experiment creates waves because it actually went on to change the way articles are reviewed and approved. Much in the same way the Church under went changes post Luther. I would be interest to know what his future classes have to offer. Another final question raised is I would have liked them to go into more detail about those fooled and the consequences.

Finally, while doing research on my professor’s books at my local library over the summer I came across Professor Rubin’s Valley of the Shadow CD-rom. I was hyped after taking both her Civil War class and 19th century American South class. I popped the sucker into my computer and was sadden to find out that it’s not compatible with Windows 8. I was almost not able to write about this, but this is my experience. Unless someone owns a computer with windows 95 operating system you can no longer use that CD’s data base and pull up the files. This is a case of technology becoming outdated creating historical decay. Now this CD no longer needs to take up space in the library collecting dust.

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A small introduction…

And here I am updating my fantasy football team when I should be on my blog making my post for class. The problem with the internet is when the work you’re supposed to be occupying your time gets benched for a quick blurb on wether “Jack the Ripper” was a real person or not. Sadly I have become so lazy that even when an article like that comes up I’m I don’t even read the whole thing. All I do I get read the headline and share for someone to do the same. (I apologize I’m not a regular blogger)

My name is David Jackson. I am a senior here at UMBC majoring I History and plan to get me education certificate outside of UMBC.

In class we read Read Cohen & Rosenzweig’s “Introduction” in Digital History. A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web. Cohen and Rosenweig bring up some good points and rules to follow as we historians push into an age where information can get beamed to us in milliseconds we can lean to far into rejecting the new age and lean as far as to say sit helplessly back and feed machines like in the 1999 film The Matrix. In order for quality research and thought to go into history going forward we must learn to harness these powers walk a fine line to use the resources effectively to add to great historical debate as those who have come before and those ahead.
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