Glogster – Alternative to Book Reports

Announce a Book report!  Oh my – bring on the anxiety for some reluctant readers. You can hear them whinning for the next 15 minutes, as you make the effort to explain how different this book report will be.

In my last post on Glogster  I addressed the  creative, and innovative digital outlet that captures learner’s excitement for online creations.  Enter technology. 

Glogster.edu  is great for students who are visual learners because it focuses on visual literacy (not just the written word). 

And it’s a fun, and imaginative learning experience which encourages independent creative self expression, positive learner-teacher relationships, and teamwork on collaborative class projects.

This Glogster on George Washington includes images, video, text and relevant links.   It reminds me of the cut and paste on a poster board projects from my youth!   Photos are linked to websites, embeded Youtube videos, art and text written by the student. This last one features music of the Andes is Great! 

Ready to create your own?

Join the site (free).  Registration requires teacher email. Once you have registered and confirmed by email, teachers can establish up to 200 student accounts without student emails. Take time to view “new glogs” within the EDU area to get some ideas. Don’t miss several teacher-friendly, download the PDF Educators Resource guide (center of home page), step by step tutorials in print and multimedia formats. The advantage of http://edu.glogster.com/  over Glogster is that once a virtual classroom is established, students will only be able to see the Glogs created within their teacher’s group.

 Creating a digital picture book report.

Think about motion picture posters, they give just enough information to give you a feeling of what the movie will be about. They contain information about the movie.   These include the title of the movie, the major actors or players. Students can use Glogster to create an online book report  that acts as an advertisement for the book they just read. Students should include the title and author of the book, key characters, use pictures, and web links, that support the story line, and create an interest that will make fellow students want to read the book.  I used this Biography Book Report Glogster to introduce a report. And found this poster rubric to help out glogster project rubric.

I found it necessary to practice on Glogster.  Getting familiar with the tools, layout of items, and searching for photos, would take up a 45 minute class. I expected this project to take 5 class visits to the computer lab, each 45 minutes long. 

Enjoy.