Software Review: Glogster

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Have you ever dreamt of having all the information you need in one single page? Are you tired of looking tons and tons of pages on Internet to find only few pieces of information? GLOGSTER has the solution!!

What is Glogster

Glogster is a software which allows you to create pages (called Glogs) fulfilled with pertinent information about any subjects/topics you would like to talk about. The only thing you have to do is to find some information on Internet and create a page about it. It ressembles Wikipedia, but it is more focused on concise pieces of information: facts, short videos, images, general information.

Example of a Glog: Venus

Educational benefits

According to Jamie the Librarian, there are three major benefits of using Glosgter in classrooms.

First one: Glogster allows students to learn social technology in a simple, funny, and interactive way.

Simple: Creating a Glog is simple in the way that it is accessible for everyone and it does not require high Internet abilities

Funny: Creating a Glog is funny in the sense that you can choose any available topics. That being said, adding your own personnal touch to the page gives it a funny facet.

Interactive: Creating a Glog is interactive in the way that students work together to find and share information about their subjects. In fact, this enhances students ability to intertact with others and to take critics from them.

Second one: It has been demonstrated that Glogster allows students to develop their skills in creativity, innovation, communication, collaboration, research, fluency, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, and digital citizenship.

It is absolutaly worthy to develop all those skills in classrooms. WHY? Because students are in their critical development. It is essentiel to go beyond what is expected. That being said, students learn from the information they share AND develop essential skill to be better citizen.

Third one: It has also been demonstrated that using Glogster in classrooms improve students’ engagement, representation, and expression. Because students chooses their own topics, they are highly motivated. Also, It is a good way to acquire information. It provides too an opportunity for learners to express what they are learned.

According to Joli Barker, Glogster is an excellent tool to create icebraker activities. Before the semester starts, the teacher can send a Glog about him to the students to get to know each other. It is an excellent way to have students ready for the semester. Another excellent benefits is for parental support. That being said, parents can stay connected with the classrooms because of Glogster. Joli Barker also demonstrated that Glogster has a positive effect on health. Teachers can create Glogs about fitness demonstrations so students can try it at home and stay in health.

ESL Teacher point of view

As an ESL teacher, I must say that Glogster is one of the greatest tool I have learned so far. It is absolutely easy to use and easy to manipulate. It has been demonstrated that Glogster enhances motivation, technology skills, health, social skills, and more. It sure will be a tool in my future ESL class. The good thing with this software is that it’s useful for every class. You can use it for maths, physics, French, English, and more. It is one of the greatest way to have students focussed on pertinent content because a Glog is like a summary of many read information.

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Amazing software for physic lovers

Hello there,

Let me introduce you to a great tool that kept my attention: Algodoo. Algodoo is a 2D-simulation software whose purpose is to help people learn physics in an interactive and fun way. You can create your own world of physics: boxes, squares, circles, gears, etc. To create a circuit, you only need to click on objects and drag them on the screen. It is really easy to understand and manipulate. You may also save your own circuit and show it to other Algodoo users. There are more than 50 000 saved maps in the Algodoo repertoire.

Educational Benefits

Algodoo can be used in classrooms by teachers. For example, they can conduct experiments and create lesson plans. It has been demonstrated than Algodoo is one of the simpliest and funniest way to learn physics for students. Because it is in 2D, it is way simplier for students to learn physics without the difficulties encoutered in the 3D effects. It is also easy to create activity with Algodoo: Students are told to model their learning with the software. That being said, it is easy for the teacher to notice poorer students in class because he can see it through the software.

General knowledge

Algodoo is known to be a great tool to help students better the world. They can be shown a real-life problem by Algodoo and they must team up to learn from other and to solve the problem.

It is a very great tool to enhance creativity and critical thinking, which are specific competencies for students.

Gamification

Algodoo is a great example of gamification. It is like a little video game, but for educational purposes. That being said, students are more motivated to work with others to learn physics. Algodoo is known has a « sandbox » game: this is a game where you can create your own map. Students like to create their own stuff.

Cooperative Learning Teams

According to many forums and reviews, Algodoo is considered a key in the success of Cooperative Learning Team. It is a great tool to enhance students’ participation and, therefore, enhance students’ knowledge of physics.

ESL teacher point of view

As an ESL teacher, I wish I could be a physics teacher to use this software. When I was at high school, I liked physics, but I wasn’t motivated because everything was on the board or in books. This software would have changed my thoughts about physics. Because it happened to me, I would say that I’m not the only one. Algodoo is clearly a great tool to enhance students participation, motivation, and teamwork. Even if I did not find a source about it, I’m sure Algodoo is good to improve students’ behavior. When students are told to work in teams and on a screen monitor, its hard for them to be distracted because it is two things which makes them happy: Working in teams and video games.