The folks at Glogster EDU have been busy, busy, busy! If you aren’t aware of the latest updates to the platform… then continue reading this post. As a Glogster Ambassador, I am constantly using the product and answering questions about this awesome learning tool via email and Skype… or at various presentations that I have given over the past few months. One of the things that make Glogster stand out as an amazing learning platform with both teachers and students is the fact that the company truly listens to its users. Feedback is very important to the success of the product… and the Glogster folks GET that.
This summer I had the opportunity to meet up with Jim Dachos, (Education Manager) Ivana Klinderova, (from Prague) and alot of fellow DEN Stars who are also Glogster Ambassadors at ISTE in Denver, and again at the Discovery Summer Institute in Boston, MA. Andrew Connelly and Patrik Prepsl, who is Co-Founder of Glogster were also in Boston to share the excitement of the product and deliver the awesome news that all those in attendance would receive a free year subscription of Glogster EDU Premium.. It was great to see the interest and support the staff showed. We had great conversation about the product and the direction it was heading. The latest changes show continual growth and partnerships with many of our other favorite Web 2.0 applications.
The first ultimately COOL addition to Glogster is the one click EDMODO button that you can find at the bottom of your finished Glog. By simply clicking the button, you can share out your Glogster page with your Edmodo community. The DEN summer institute crew in Boston was priveledged to spend some time (in room 105 none the less) with Jeff O’Hara, co-founder of Edmodo. Jeff provided a great workshop to further educate attendees on this dynamic platform. If you aren’t familiar with Edmodo, it is a FREE private social learning platform for teachers and students. It is easy for students to navigate through and interact with others without sharing too much personal information. Edmodo also just recently celebrated its 2nd birthday. With over 500,000 users and counting, this site has definitely taken off !
The second, and most recent addition to Glogster is the ability to add Glogster to a wikispace without embedding HTML code. When I first heard this, I was psyched. Talk about convenient! I use Glogster all the time in a wikispace. The one thing I noticed, is that by avoiding the HTML code, you are getting a slightly smaller, scaled-down version of your Glog on the wikispace. (Which really isn’t a big deal) I love the ease of use this new way offers for students, but for my own personal use, I will probably stick to the HTML codes.
There are more changes in store for Glogster EDU, and it’s always exciting to hear how this company continues to ‘blaze new frontiers’ in education. Below, you’ll see links to further highlights of Glogster EDU’s accomplishments.
The New York Times Learning Network recommended Glogster EDU as a top technology site for teachers in the category of Design of Interactive Presentations.
The American Association of School Librarians listed Glogster EDU as a Top 25 Website for Teaching and Learning and judged Glogster EDU to be #1 in their category.