A New Kind of Current Event ProjectPresentation Transcript
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Glogster?
Glogster is an interactive site that allows students to create an interactive poster that can creatively show their thoughts and ideas (Walter, 2009).
These interactive posters are referred to as “glogs”
Glogs may contain a variety of interactive mediums such as:
Why Social Studies?
One of the major goals of social studies classes is to help students grow into effective citizens (Acikalin, 2010).
Being an effective citizen requires civic participation.
This requires that students develop appropriate critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision making skills (Acikalin).
Research has shown a positive correlation between the discussion of current events with one’s peers and civic participation (Klofstad, 2010).
Why is Glogster appropriate for Social Studies?
Student made glogs and glog presentations are easy and exciting ways to initiate peer discussion of current events.
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.
Glogs are an exceptional way to evaluate and help develop a student’s higher level thinking skills.
First, the teacher should sign up for an account on http://edu.glogster.com/
Students may then create their own accounts, which can be added to the teacher’s page.
Before beginning their projects, students should be taught how to create their glog by incorporating a variety of multimedia.
Students should be encouraged to look for videos, newscasts, photos, audio recordings, and other media, as well as print articles to enrich their Glogs.
In order to promote peer discussion of these current event projects, all glogs should be presented to the class.
What can you expect?
This sample glog includes graphics, pictures, animations, article summaries, and a video.
Suggested Rubric Criteria
Is the topic chosen current and does it appropriately relates to class?
Do the materials and articles presented provide relevant information to the topic?
Are the summaries descriptive and include all the important information?
Variety of Media
Does the student use at least three different technological mediums (e.g., video, podcast, article…)
Do the materials appropriately relate to the topic?
Suggested Rubric Criteria (cont.)
Organization and Appearance
Is the information presented in an organized and visually appealing manner?
Are there any technological problems?
Are the decorative displays and color schemes distracting?
Mechanics and Grammar
Are there any grammatical errors?
For more information:
For more information about Gloster or to sign up for an account, visit their website:
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.
Klofstad, C. (2010). The lasting effect of civic talk on civic participation: Evidence from a panel study. Social Forces , 88 (5). 2353-2375.
Walter, C. (2009). Reading Comprehension 2.0. Saskatchewan School Library Association . 1-9.