Glogster might be an alternative story design for news sites

glogster_pageHere’s the funny thing:  GlogsterEDU has a blog!  It also says, “Why Blog when you can Glog?”  That’s about the only contradiction I see, however, in this teacher/student educational community.

In addition to being a teaching tool, its potential as an alternative story design for digital media is glaringly obvious.  Almost 3,000 glogs exist at this time, and the Language Arts/Journalism search produces 25 examples.  That they have a journalism category at all speaks volumes.

According to the FAQ on its site, “Glogster EDU is the leading global education platform for the creative expression of knowledge and skills in the classroom and beyond. We empower educators and students with the technology to create GLOGS – online multimedia presentations – with text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawings, data attachments and more.”

It accepts these kinds of audio, video, and image file formats

Upload

  • Audio: .aac, .aiff, .m4a, .mp1, .mp2, .mp3, .ogg, .raw, .wav, .wma
  • Video: .asf, .avi, .m2v, .mpeg, .mpg, .nsv, .wmv, .mp4, .flv, .mov,.m4v
  • Image: .jpg, .jpe, .jpeg, .bmp, .gif, .tif, .tiff, .png, .pcx, .wmf, .tga, .psd, .crw, .cr2, .nef, .orf, .raf, .dng, .mrw, .pef

Link

  • Audio: .mp3
  • Video: .flv (+YouTube URL)
  • Image: .jpg, .png, .bmp, .gif

A free trial is available and teacher account prices vary by either number of students and/or by number of years.  One can also become a Glogster ambassador to garner usage.  Looks like a winner in my book.

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