Today was the first day of my journey through the MSU, MAET cohort, in Galway, Ireland. We began the day with a “quickfire” challenge, in which we had 30 minutes to introduce ourselves to our classmates using the tool “Glogster.” (There is a free educational version.) To be included or considered during our introductions were:
- What are your interests and/or hobbies? What do you like to do in your spare time?
- What grade level do you teach?
- What subject matter do you teach?
- Where do you teach? (e.g., which state or country)
- What helps you learn best, both individually and with others?
- What brought you to where you are today as an educator?
- What are your personal goals for this course/semester?
- What is your current educational passion?
I had never used Glogster before, and found it to be quite user-friendly, being able to create my first “glog” just within the 30 minute parameter. Given the time constraint, the finished product may not be as “polished” or detailed as what I would have normally produced. However, I was lucky to have some useful material on hand to add into the glog to help me out.
I like the idea of using this tool with students, so they may share their knowledge or ideas with others- outside of the closed classroom. In addition, Glogster would lend itself well to touch on digital citizenship and creating a positive student online presence. These additional opportunities would not be met through a more traditional means. Therefore, in this case, technology is enhancing and broadening the learning experience while providing students with a wider, more authentic audience. Plus, it’s fun!