Today at NECC 2009 I met with Jim Dachos from Glogster. We had a great conversation about the future of technology in education, the challenges in getting teachers to adopt the use of technology in the classroom, and we, of course, talked about Glogster. Glogster has experienced fantastic growth in the last year. Two of the obstacles to further growth in the education sector have been school filters and Glogster’s capacity for handling the volume. Jim told me that in the next two weeks Glogster will be opening up a dedicated set of servers just for the education world. According to Jim, this new education section will resolve both of those problems.
To make Glogster more school friendly they have recently announced a partnership with SchoolTube to enable students to find videos from within Glogster.
Applications for Education
Glogster is probably best described as service for creating an online collage of videos, music, images, and multiple text styles. Earlier this year I used Glogster to have my special education students create Glogs about various US Presidents. During our conversation Jim shared with me a Glog that was created by a student about Darfur. That Glog can be seen below.