For our Group Leadership Project, our group divided up the contributing parts into four categories. Our roles changed a bit since the brainstorming session, and we have now revised the participation parts to ensure that all group members are equally contributing to the final project. The roles are as follows:
Part 1: This person locates images and creates a corresponding script to each image. Although we had originally intended for this to be two entirely separate jobs, Diana offered to do both when our group had difficulty getting in touch with another member. This worked out well, however, because she was able to create a script with pictures that will mesh together flawlessly in the final presentation. (Part 1 completed by Diana)
Part 2: A tutorial of Glogster is created in this part, including pictures and a script in the form of an additional storyboard. This person was originally expected to create the tutorial completely; however, after dividing up the workload, we found it was best to ask another group member to create the actual tutorial video. (Part 2 completed by Dianne)
Part 3: This person will use the script written by Dianne, and create a video tutorial of Glogster. Although a script and pictures are in place, this job will also require additional images and special effects (music, transitions, etc.) Once the tutorial has been completed, it will be added to the final presentation by the fourth group member. (Part 3 completed by Andrew)
Part 4: This portion of the project focuses mainly on the final presentation. This person will put together the final project, adding additional images when necessary, recording the presentation, editing to ensure the ten minute time limit is met, etc. The final presentation will be created using Voicethread, and this person also will set up a Voicethread account that the entire group may access. Although the majority of this person’s work will be on the final project, communication and the sharing of ideas for parts one and two are also given. (Part 4 completed by Sarah)
Since I am extremely comfortable editing video and using Voicethread, I was given the fourth part to complete for my group. Although Diana wrote the script to go along with the pictures, each group member had access to a Google Doc so that we could edit the writing and give suggestions as to how to alter the script. In addition, I have been in constant communication with Dianne, discussing ways in which we could create a tutorial that could be embedded into Voicethread. I have been researching various options for how to create a Voicethread friendly video that does not have a time limit. Our group discussed that since our work was divided up in the way that it was, we would still continue to work together to edit and communicate ideas about the script and storyboard.
By dividing up the project in the way that we did, it has given us the opportunity to each be responsible for a specific aspect, while still working together as a team. Each person has been given a role that is essential to creating a well-rounded final project. In our storyboard, we made sure to include what Glogster is and why students would be interested in using the tool. Our group addressed the various tools used in the Glogster program and mentioned the possible upgrade for teachers. We made sure to include the benefits of Glogster for teachers and the learning process, as well as stressing the fact that it can easily be used across the curriculum to meet state standards. Finally, we included how to become a member before launching into the tutorial created by Dianne and Andrew. This tutorial will give an overview as to how to use the tool including design, adding text, publishing, and more. Adding a tutorial will allow viewers to follow along before attempting to use Glogster independently. To view our storyboard and script in full detail, please view the table below, or, click here to view the storyboard and script in a Google Doc format.
GROUP 6 - Dianne, Andrew, Sarah, & Diana
Storyboard and Script
(This script will be read and recorded by Sarah)
|Hello. Our group will be focusing our professional development presentation on the cool Web 2.0 Tool called Glogster.||*|
|Many educators use posters for displaying student learning and assessing students. Well, Glogster is a new and improved way for students to make posters.||*|
|It’s an online multimedia poster which provides students with the opportunity to use many of its advanced features to create a “Glog”. Similar to posters, Glogs allow students to display what they’ve learned, students can be as creative as they like, and they can create them individually or in groups.||*|
|Unlike posters, Glogs offer students so much more. They can choose from hundreds of graphics to decorate their glog,||*|
|input images of their choice,||*|
|add text in text boxes,||*|
|change the background or their wall instantaneously,||*|
|embed sounds or videos, and work from any location. In addition, Glogster allows you to comment on each other’s Glogs so students can get peer feedback, as well as, practice leaving constructive feedback themselves. Glogsters can be shared through links or embedded onto webpages; therefore, students are part of a social network when they share their Glogs with others.||*|
|These features are all part the free version of Glogster Edu for the Basic Teacher. You can also purchase the Glogster Edu Premium version for $99/year (or $11.95/month) or a district wide membership for $2/student/year with unlimited number of students. With these advanced memberships you get more features and services. You get customer support via telephone, no advertising, extra graphics, a drawing tool, data attachments, classroom or project management with individual student accounts and the ability to oversee it. These advanced features include fantastic tools, but you’ll find that the Basic Teacher version may be enough to accomplish your project tasks. The free educational version is a safe site and all the glogs that are created are by Glogster. Therefore, I’ll be focusing the rest of this presentation on the free Basic version of Glogster Edu.||*|
|Glogsters is a great tool for educators to consider using. There are so many benefits for teachers and their students. Glogster spark students attention and motivate them to complete their work. It’s great way to accommodate to the different learning styles that your students possess. It’s a terrific visualization tool and assists students in being creative as they put together their glogs. There are so many features students have the opportunity to use. This Web 2.0 tool is interactive and can be used with other tools as well. Students can video tape reenactments or other presentations and embed the video into their glog. They can take pictures that support their topic or find images online and input it into their glogster. Moreover, it’s a great assessment tool. Teachers can easily view these glogs and assess their students by one click on their link. They may also leave their comments and feedback directly on the students’ glogs. Student glogs can easily be shared with parents and posted to the class website where others can continue to comment on them and leave feedback. In addition to student creations, teachers can use this tool to create. Teachers use Glogster to create lessons, webquests, and other various interactive learning activities for their students. It’s a great way to incorporate technology and engage your students in learning.||*|
|These glogs can be used for many projects and in many different subject areas. Anywhere that you feel a poster would be an option for a project, a glogster would easily fit in. You can use it for student introductions in the beginning of the school year, social studies or science projects, book reports or reviews, and the list goes on and on. Even though there are various features, this Web 2.0 Tool is very easy to use; even with the youngest students.||*|
|Becoming a member is easy! All you need to do to begin “glogging” is create a username and password. You’ll need a valid e-mail address to do this. Then you can begin creating new glogs. Now if you have a classroom of students, you can have your students glogging in two ways. You can create an account for each student and have them each log on individually OR you can log on each student under your name and have them create their glogs from there. They can save their work under their name or their group name. Students can then begin using the various tools to create their glog and input their information. One of the downfalls of creating student accounts is that Glogster creates the usernames for your students and they’re usually a series of numbers and letters with no significant meaning and you’re not able to change it. Therefore, it will probably be helpful if you make a class list of usernames and have students keep their passwords simple. Once everyone is logged on you can begin glogging!||*|
Here’s a tutorial of how to get started: [Insert tutorial] Important Note: Since Andrew will be creating a tutorial using a video, not a screencast, visuals will be included as he does a walk-through of the tool in a live format.
Script for Glogster Tutorial
Getting Started With Glogster EDU
Glogster EDU Home Page)
You can access Glogster online by going to edu.glogster.com then click the “Sign Up” button.
(screen of Accounts and Features Page)
As you can see, there are 3 different types of accounts with their features listed below. We’re going to use the BASIC TEACHER version which allows you and your students to make up to 50 glogs. So click “Get It”.
(screen of Registration Page)
On the registration screen, fill in all the information on the left side and click on the pink “Sign Up” button on the bottom. And that’s all there is to creating a teacher account on Glogster EDU.
(screen of Dashboard)
Once you log into your account, you’ll be taken to your dashboard. This is where you’ll be able to view you profile, access the glogs you’ve made, and set up and see your students’ accounts. Here you’ll want to click on the pink “Create a New Glog” by your profile and this will bring you to your glog screen where you will create your online poster.
(screen of Default Glog)
The default glog looks like this. You’ll want to get rid of each of these items. To do this, click on an image and then click on the pink dumpster to delete it. I’ll go ahead and delete the rest so we can start with a blank screen.
(screen of option bar- “Wall”)
Now you can begin adding things to your glog. The “Wall” is the background of the poster itself and the space you’ll be working in. Once you click “Wall” in the options bar, you can see there are several categories on the left. I’m going to click on “Edu”, and then select the background I want (page #5, crinkled paper).On the right here, you can see what it looks like. So now, I click on “Use It” to apply it.
(screen of option bar- “Wall: Page Wall”)
You’ll also want to select your “Page Wall” which is the space around your poster. Once you have this open, you can select from patters or solid colors. I’m just going to use a coordinated color, so I’ll select “Solid Color” and this brings ujp the color sprctrum. I’ll move my curser over the colors and I can view them in this top box. Once I find what I want, I’ll click it and it shows up in my “Select Box” as well as over here to the right. If that’s what I want, I push “Use It” and it applies it to my screen. Now that I’m done with my wall applications, I’ll click on the pink “X” to eliminate the window.
(screen of option bar- “Text”. Option #1 for making a title.)
And now I’m ready to apply my text and images. To add text, click on the “Text” button. You’ll see three basic options for writing text: “Bubbles, Titles, Text”.First, we’re going to add our title.There are two ways you can do this. If you’d just like to write directly onto the wallpaper, choose “Title”. And then “Use It”. Then you can “X” out of your window, find the default text, click on it, and now I can edit it. So I’ll click on the “Edit” button, highlight your text with your cursor, and type in my title. Now you can go up to your options bar and click on “AB1” to change my font. As you can see, you can select a different color for your font, different styles, and font size. Once you you have what you want, click “Apply” and the ”OK”.
(screen and Option #2 for making a title)
Another way to create your title is to go into “Text”, press “Titles” on the left side and then if you go further down, you’ll see different categories. By going here, we can select an image to write our title on. So I’ll go into “Vinyl & Toys” and go to page 2 and select this one (middle right). Click on it, view it in the box, and then click “Use It”. Now I’ll “X” out of my window, find my image,and click on it so I can begin editing the text just like we did before. I press “Edit”, highlight it, type in my title (Sample Title), go up and select my font button, find a style (JustOldFashion), resize it (32), press “Apply” and the click “OK”. And now I can position it in whatever way I’d like.
(screen of option bar- “Images”)
You’re probably going to be adding images, so click on “Image” here on your option bar.You’ll want to have a folder that already contains all the images you plan on using on your poster. Press your “Upload” button, find your folder, open it and select your image, press “Open”. Now at the top of your screen you can see this green bar that shows you the progress on your upload. After a couple seconds, your image will show up in your Image Window. Select it, and then you can see that you have an option to frame it. So I’ll add a frame. This time I’ll select “Cute”. You can select any frame and see what it looks like here on the right.(page 3, tree) Once I have what I want click “Use It”, “X” out of your window, and then I can resize and place my image by clicking on it and shrinking it. Once you have it where you want, left click and you’re done!
(screen of option bar- “Text”)
I’ll go back into “Text” to write something about the image. Again, once I have “Text” open, I’ll select “See All” in the box on the top left, go down to the other box and click on “Basics”,and then “Text” and this allows me to select just a text to apply directly onto the poster without it being on an image. Press “Use It”, “X” out of the window, find your text, click on it, press “Edit”, highlight the default text, type in what you want, if that’s the style and size you want, press “OK”, position it where I want and left click to drop it.
(screen of option bar- “Graphics”)
The last thing I want to show you is “Graphics”. Graphics are just decorations that can be added to a glog to spruce it up or fill in white space. So go to “Graphics” on your option bar, select a category, I’ll choose “Edu”, (page 1) select the pencil, press “Use It” and while I’m here I’ll go ahead and pick another (flowers, page 8, bottom left). As you can see, some graphics are animated. Press “Use It”, “X” out of your window, find your graphics, click on one, move it around, resize it, rotate it. You can also change the color of your graphics by going into “Edit” and selecting a color from the color graph and applying it. Your options of what you want to do with your posters are limitless. Remember, you have a whole poster to fill (scroll down)
(screen: scroll to top to “AutoSave”)
One nice feature that Glogster has recently added is the “auto save” so you no longer have to constantly stop and save your work.
(screen of finishing up)
Once you’re done working on your glog, go up and push the pink “Save or Publish” button. (Window opens) Here you’ll want to name your glog, assign your project to a category, add any tags to help others find it, and then over on the right is the “Finished” options. Mine is not finished so I’ll click on that. It takes just a few seconds to save it and then you can go back to your dashboard (click on return to dashboard) and if you scroll down towards the bottom, you’ll see your project here. And that’s all there is to it.
As mentioned, I am responsible for putting together the final project by using the script and images provided. Just as I contributed to the parts of others, my group members will be contributing as well. During this portion of the project, each group member will have access to the Voicethread presentation and will help to determine what might need to be altered or added to create a spectacular final project. They will either contact me through email/discussion forum, or they may independently add to the presentation through the group account. By working together, we are ensuring that all group members are contributing to the final project.