Glogster – Interactive Posters

Glogster is a site with a lot of potential for engaging students in the classroom –  providing a different option for both teachers and students to present information in a visual, interactive way.

Mix graphics, photos, videos, music and text to create an interactive poster, then use the embed code to add it to a blog, wiki, website or Facebook page.

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(Above:  Shakespeare Parodies)

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(Above – by Joyce Valenza. See also

Glogster is keen to encourage teachers to use this site with their classes, and will give help and support with creating school accounts and keeping students’ work private. Go to Glogster EDU to set up a class account, and use these tutorials by Traci Blazosky to guide you through the process.  One is a tutorial on setting up a class account, the other is a tutorial for adding Voicethreads, Vokis, Blabberizes, Animotos, and more to enhance your Glogster page.

Brenda Dyck has put together a great list of examples of glogs in education (see below), and she comments:  “Glogster has tried to make this tool as teacher-friendly as possible by making it easy to set up a class account, which provides a private account for each student (and generates passwords and e-mails them to the teacher).”

See also:

Greetings from the World a wiki where students around the world have created Glogs to showcase the countries they live in.

Web 2.0 Tools in Your Classroom

I really like Mark Woolley’s slide on the benefits of connecting people via Web 2.0:

  • collective intelligence – collaborative
  • transparent – instant gratification
  • non-hierarchical – democratic
  • potential for passion – ownership
  • open to public – real recognition
  • permanence – searchable resource

Digital Storytelling


Digital storytelling is not something that I have tried out yet, but I would love to explore it a bit more. This page is part of a wiki,  Grazing for Digital Natives,  and was created by Jennifer Dorman, an educational consultant and trainer. It covers all imaginable aspects of digital storytelling, including links to:

Online resources and research; Primary source resources; Examples of digital stories; Workshop and conference presentations (uploaded using SlideShare); Scaffolding ideas; Storytelling ideas; Software tutorials; Online video editors; Video hosting; Image editors; Image resources; Audio resources; Image / video mashups; Timeline generators; Comic tools; Mapping tools; Citation resources and copyright information.


“We absolutely own our story, and through digital storytelling we generate even greater power, which often leads to personal transformation and by extension, to community change”


Digital Storytelling 2.0: What’s Next?  by David Jakes

“In 2008 and beyond, being a learner means being connected, and that means understanding how to develop connections through online networks.  These connections, and the networks they reside within, form the basis of a personalized learning network that literally can make learning a 24/7 endeavor that involves co-learners and co-teachers from around the globe.  Central to this ability to learn online, to participate online, is the ability to craft messages that have the potential to impact others.  Schools need to prepare students for a lifetime of storytelling through a variety of media, so that students can have a voice, and a voice that is heard.”

Reading 2.0

In the middle of the year I was fortunate enough to attend the NECC 2008 Conference in San Antonio, and one of the sessions which really inspired me was called “Feed, Tag, Research: Remixing for School Library 2.5″. A group of 7 innovative TLs from America and Australia shared their passion to incorporate best practice Web 2.0 technologies into their libraries to enrich and empower students of today and tomorrow.

Anita Beaman – librarian at University High School, Illinois State University – was one of those presenters, and her passion is to meld books, reading and Web 2.0 – using 2.0 technology to promote reading for pleasure. Together with Amy Oberts, TL from Oakland Elementary School, Bloomington, Anita has developed a wiki called ‘Reading 2.0’ aimed at bringing together all kinds of internet sites which promote interaction with books and reading. Check it out at

These ladies say: “Harnessing technology to excite and empower your students’ literary development is our mission for Reading 2.0!

To encourage the digital native generation to read, we may have to redefine what we mean by reading. According to a recent article in American Libraries, teens are reading all the time–they just aren’t always reading in the “traditional ways.”So why not use what they DO read to encourage them to read more books? Use online forums like MySpace, YouTube, author blogs, and online book groups to help get your students excited about reading. Compile a brief list of links with additional info about an author or topic and print them on an address label. Stick the label in the books in a highly visible place–on the last page, or opposite the first page. Encourage your students to explore reading in their own territory.”

Below are some examples of the types of information Anita puts into the novels in her library:

Meg Cabot

Want more of Meg?  Here’s where to look!


Meg’s Diary:


Myspace Groups: or

Teen Lit (MySpace):

Readergirlz: or

Not Your Mother’s Book Club:

Sarah Dessen

Hey!  If you’re a Sarah Dessen fan, check out these sites online:




Sarahland: A Live Journal Community for Sarah Dessen Fans:

Teen Lit (MySpace):

Readergirlz: or

Not Your Mother’s Book Club:

Scott Westerfeld

Want more Westerfeld?  Check out the web:




Westerfeld Myspace Group:

Teen Lit (MySpace):

Not Your Mother’s Book Club:


The reason Web 2.0 is called the ‘read-write web’ is the ability that people now have to easily add content back to the web and collaborate with others around the world. A wiki is one example of this: “it is a website where anyone can edit anything any time they want.” (Will Richardson) Of course the most notable example is Wikipedia, a massive database of knowledge added to and edited by people in all countries of the world.

There are many different sites where you can create free wikis for use in schools, but I have found Wikispaces very easy to use, and the support team there is very helpful. If you would like to set up a free wiki with Wikispaces, they have just given away their 100,000th free K-12 wiki, and they have 250,000 more free ones to give away. This means you don’t get any ads in your wiki, even though you haven’t paid for it. Click on the link below to read more:


These are a couple of wikis that I have created for my classes. The first is a reading/book wiki for my Yr 8 students, and the second is one I use with the Yr 6 students when we are looking at hoax websites and the credibility of Wikipedia.

Redlands College RIB-IT wiki

Hoax Antarctic wiki


If you would like to see how other people are using wikis in educaion, have a look at these sites:


Library2.5 at NECC

Teacher Librarian wiki

Will Richardson’s wiki

Vicki Davis, Westwood wiki

Flat Classroom Project 2008

Horizon Project 2008

Digital Citizenship in Education

Educational wikis

Holocaust Wiki Project