A New Kind of Current Event Project:  Using Glogster in the Social Studies Classroom   Kelly M. Stoeckle St. Mary’s Colleg...
What is Glogster? <ul><li>Glogster is an interactive site that allows students to create an interactive poster that can cr...
Why Social Studies? <ul><li>One of the major goals of social studies classes is to help students grow into effective citiz...
Why is Glogster appropriate for Social Studies? <ul><li>Student made glogs and glog presentations are easy and exciting wa...
Suggested Use <ul><li>First, the teacher should sign up for an account on  http://edu.glogster.com/   </li></ul><ul><ul><l...
What can you expect? <ul><ul><li>This sample glog includes graphics, pictures, animations, article summaries, and a video....
Suggested Rubric Criteria <ul><li>Content Quality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the topic chosen current and does it appropriat...
Suggested Rubric Criteria (cont.) <ul><li>Organization and Appearance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the information presented i...
For more information: <ul><li>For more information about Gloster or to sign up for an account, visit their website: </li><...
References <ul><li>Acikalin, M. (2010). Exemplary social studies teachers use of computer-supported instruction in the cla...
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A New Kind of Current Event Project

  1. 1. A New Kind of Current Event Project: Using Glogster in the Social Studies Classroom Kelly M. Stoeckle St. Mary’s College of Maryland, United States [email_address] Lin Y. Muilenburg St. Mary’s College of Maryland, United States lymuilenburg@smcm.edu
  2. 2. What is Glogster? <ul><li>Glogster is an interactive site that allows students to create an interactive poster that can creatively show their thoughts and ideas (Walter, 2009). </li></ul><ul><li>These interactive posters are referred to as “glogs” </li></ul><ul><li>Glogs may contain a variety of interactive mediums such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Text </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Graphics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Links </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Special Effects </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Why Social Studies? <ul><li>One of the major goals of social studies classes is to help students grow into effective citizens (Acikalin, 2010). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Being an effective citizen requires civic participation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This requires that students develop appropriate critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision making skills (Acikalin). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research has shown a positive correlation between the discussion of current events with one’s peers and civic participation (Klofstad, 2010). </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why is Glogster appropriate for Social Studies? <ul><li>Student made glogs and glog presentations are easy and exciting ways to initiate peer discussion of current events. </li></ul><ul><li>In creating glogs, students have the chance to experience a topic in a variety of different mediums, which may also expose them to different view points. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Glogs are an exceptional way to evaluate and help develop a student’s higher level thinking skills. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Suggested Use <ul><li>First, the teacher should sign up for an account on http://edu.glogster.com/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students may then create their own accounts, which can be added to the teacher’s page. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Before beginning their projects, students should be taught how to create their glog by incorporating a variety of multimedia. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students should be encouraged to look for videos, newscasts, photos, audio recordings, and other media, as well as print articles to enrich their Glogs. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In order to promote peer discussion of these current event projects, all glogs should be presented to the class. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What can you expect? <ul><ul><li>This sample glog includes graphics, pictures, animations, article summaries, and a video. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Suggested Rubric Criteria <ul><li>Content Quality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the topic chosen current and does it appropriately relates to class? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do the materials and articles presented provide relevant information to the topic? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are the summaries descriptive and include all the important information? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Variety of Media </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does the student use at least three different technological mediums (e.g., video, podcast, article…) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do the materials appropriately relate to the topic? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Suggested Rubric Criteria (cont.) <ul><li>Organization and Appearance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the information presented in an organized and visually appealing manner? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are there any technological problems? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are the decorative displays and color schemes distracting? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mechanics and Grammar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are there any grammatical errors? </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. For more information: <ul><li>For more information about Gloster or to sign up for an account, visit their website: </li></ul>http://edu.glogster.com/
  10. 10. References <ul><li>Acikalin, M. (2010). Exemplary social studies teachers use of computer-supported instruction in the classroom. The Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology, 9 (4). 66-82. </li></ul><ul><li>Klofstad, C. (2010). The lasting effect of civic talk on civic participation: Evidence from a panel study. Social Forces , 88 (5). 2353-2375. </li></ul><ul><li>Walter, C. (2009). Reading Comprehension 2.0. Saskatchewan School Library Association . 1-9. </li></ul>

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