Glogster: Bringing the Poster into the 21st Century
Type of Technology: web site and app
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade Level: Secondary
Are you environmentally conscience? Tired of seeing the same old posters and timelines year after year? If so then Glogster could be the tool for you. Glogster is a web site or app that is used to create interactive multimedia posters. Instead of the traditional paper, glue and scissors poster, students are able to create posters on computers, tablets or iPads that allow them to insert images, audio, and video clips to spruce up their project, bringing the timeless activity of poster creation into the 21st century.
Glogster can be used by all grade levels but would probably best serve 7-12 grades. It can also be used to create posters for any subject area. You and your students can access it for free with some limitations to features or it can be purchased in yearly subscriptions. It isn’t too difficult to learn and navigate the various features though it did take some “messing” around with it for me to figure out. But, I am not the most technologically savvy individual. As far as the SAMR model rating I would classify it as “Modification” as there is a significant redesign of the traditional poster by adding audio and video clips and being able to present it in a different format.
I teach at a Continuation High School and the lesson I used Glogster for was a study of the civil rights movement. I gave students the option of how they wanted to do their project which included introducing them to Glogster. To see a Glogster created by one of my students, use this link. I did help guide the student through this tool as it was new to him. The student chose to focus on the rise of Martin Luther King Jr. I think they produced a better poster using Glogster than they would have if they had just used poster paper and pens.
Adding Glogster to my teaching tool box was a positive experience, I believe the students who tried it also had a positive experience being able to complete a school project using technology and not feeling in their words, “like I’m in elementary school” when they are asked to use scissors and glue for traditional posters.