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Yesterday morning, as part of our annual Best Practices event with Western Massachusetts Writing Project, I presented a session on using Glogster.edu in the classroom. I had about 25 people in the session and guess what? The technology worked! They all had computers to work on, the site was not blocked by the University, and they had plenty of time to play around with creating a project and reflecting on the use of Glogster in their classroom.
The things that I emphasized in the workshop were:
- Teaching the elements of design principles
- Copyright issues
- Using multimedia for composition
- The difference between regular Glogster and Glogster.edu
- Technology being a learning tool for all curriculum areas
- The importance of writing before technology (ie, planning, drafting, revising)
- Advertising on websites and some strategies for avoiding it
Then, I set them up with accounts in my Glogster account, and let them have about 50 minutes (more than half the session) in playtime, which they all greatly appreciated. You can talk and talk about Glogster, but this is one tool that you have to experience to really begin to understand it.
As the Exit Slip, I had them use Wallwisher to leave a note on how they might envision using Glogster in their classroom:
Peace (in the sharing),