Glogster is an online program that allows your students to create a multimedia scrap book presentation. The students are able to import sound, video, backgrounds, and pictures. It looks neat, but it seems to take a while to load. Maybe it is just the internet speed at my school, but the videos took a very long time. The glogs look interesting and are definitely more interactive than just a written report on a topic. I do think that this is something to be added to your bag of tools for classroom use. Your students will enjoy making their glog, and believe it or not, they will be learning more than you can imagine. Not only are the students learning the concepts that they are investigating, they are USING 21ST CENTURY SKILLS! By having your students create this electronic presentation, they are not only working on research, writing and organization, they are also learning how to incorporate media into a presentation beyond adding an annoying noise to a PowerPoint every time a page turns. Try it with your students; if it doesn't work for your students, at least you gave it a try. Not everything will work for all teachers or all students, but the import thing about the education process is that you are trying new things to see what is the most effective tool for your students. Good Luck and make sure to leave some feedback if try it or are currently using it with your students.
We have all suffered death by PowerPoint, whether from professional development or from student presentations. Here is a great way to turn those mind numbing presentations into something interesting. Prezi presentations allows you so show your audience how your entire presentation fits together, and then you can zoom into the details. This will allow your audience to see the big picture while you focus on the details. I have seen this in webinars and never knew how the presenter was able to present their information in such an interesting manner. Now the secret is out! Prezi presentations will take schools by storm. They offer free accounts to teachers and students. With a teacher or student account, you will be able to create your presentation online, download your finished presentation so that you could present off line, make your presentation private, published, or shared with just a select group, and you can include your logo instead of the Prezi logo in your presentation. Click on the picture above to go to the Prezi teacher licensing website. They have plenty of examples and they even have step by step guides for making the presentations. Good luck and let me know what you think.