Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A New Take on the End of the Year Project

It’s time for the Wednesday Website suggestion!! For two years, I was the Technology Specialist at a school in Georgia. During that time, I amassed a large collection of websites that I use with my students. If you want to search through some of them, you can check out my IKeepBookmarks site. Or, you can check back here each week for the Wednesday Website suggestion.

 

The end of the school year is a great time for students to work on projects.  I know many teachers have students create posters and other projects at this time of the year.  This week’s website suggestions is a new way to create that end of the year project – a Glog.  Glogs are online posters, so they can include a large variety of text and graphics.  However, they can also be interactive, and include links to websites, videos etc.  They are simple to use and if each student signs in on their own account they are free.  (There is a way for you to monitor all of your students, but that is a paid service.)

Another use for www.edu.glogster.com is that as a teacher, you can Egypt - Information for Kidscreate an interactive poster for students to use during their computer center.  I have created a glog on Egypt (click HERE to view it) that my students are using to complete their Egypt country book.  (Feel free to grab a free copy from Google Docs.) The students love that they can click on the weather box and find out what Egypt’s weather is like today.  For my students who need everything clearly given to them, all the answers Informational Book on Egypt for Kids Freeare right on the main page, but for those students who need a challenge, there are links to further information, allowing them to delve deeper into the subject.  So, Glogs have become a great way to make my computer center into a more involved and interactive experience.

How could you use Glogs in your classroom?  I’d love to hear some of your ideas.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources