So, the sessions started on Monday 14th and I decided to get ahead with the podcasting activities first. Most of these were quite straightforward as I was already familiar with the platforms and tools being used - Yahoo Groups, Google Maps, Voxopop, etc. Activity number two, however, required me to use a 2.0 web tool which was new to me - Glogster. I had heard about it before and considered using it with my classes, but had never quite got around to it. This, then, was my opportunity and I was excited by it!
The first thing I did was go to teachertrainingvideos.com from the wonderful Russell Stannard and watch his series of videos on Glogster. He extolled the virtues of this amazing 2.0 web tool and confirmed my idea that it would make a great addition to my bank of teaching tools. Armed with this information and with Russell's clear instructions ringing in my ears, I felt confident that I could complete the task in hand.
A few days on, I can report that I have (reasonably) successfully completed the activity I had to do - to produce a Glog introducing myself as a person and as a teacher. I was to include images, text, video, graphics and links, but no audio at this stage as we are to go back and add it later in the course. This is what I produced:
Not a bad first effort, but am I happy with it? No, I'm not!! I found the creation of my Glog to be a laborious and frustrating process. It took me far more hours than I could justify spending on it. I found the toolbar incredibly difficult to use. Uploading images and videos wasn't easy. I took advice from fellow participants on my EVO course and changed my browser, but I still had problems. It was very difficult to edit items within the Glog and I never did manage to put in links to external websites. In the end, I gave up and published what you see just to get the assignment finished.
So, my questions. Is it just me? What am I doing wrong? How do you insert links into a Glog??? I still see the potential of the tool and know that my students would love it........ if it was easy to use. And that's the problem! If my students had half the problems I did, it would be frustrating for them and the whole exercise would lose its effectiveness as a language learning tool. So, I'm asking for advice. Has anyone used Glogster in their classes? What has worked/not worked? Any comments would be gratefully received!!