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6 Innovative Ways to Use Glogster in the Elementary Classroom


6 Innovative Ways to Use Glogster in the Elementary Classroom

Glogster EDU is a great way for teachers and students alike to creatively express knowledge and skills. The platform can be used to design online media posters for all sorts of presentations - whether teaching a lesson or sharing what they've learned. They can be shared in various formats - on LCD projectors, interactive whiteboards, and even on websites. They can be worked on at school and at home. And teachers can even use Glogster to teach “How To Use Glogster”.

If you’re looking for a really cool and easy way to integrate technology into your classroom, Glogster is a very intuitive way to do it. Instead of the hassle of building dioramas or tri-fold posters, Glogster allows students create online posters with pictures, videos, text, GIFs, links, and citations. Glogster gives any subject a reason to use technology, here are a few innovative ways that you can use it in your classroom.

Rainforest or ocean dioramas…

I know, dioramas are like very exciting and cool in elementary. But they are also very labor intensive and require a lot of physical resources and parent help. Glogster is a way to give diverse learners, or students with less resources another way to show what they’ve learned while simultaneously integrated technology.

6 Innovative Ways to Use Glogster in the Elementary Classroom



Posters on influential people…

Every year, and often in multiple classes, students are given the assignment to create some sort of presentation on a person. With Glogster, students can blend videos, pictures, and information in a way they could never on a tri-fold.




6 Innovative Ways to Use Glogster in the Elementary Classroom



Integrating Math and Science and Art and Technology…

Glogster is naturally a amalgamate of multiple subjects. By simply adding it to your class projects you’re integrating technology, and if you make it a group project or cooperate with another subject, then Glogster becomes an incredibly powerful learning tool for students.



6 Innovative Ways to Use Glogster in the Elementary Classroom


Presentations on different countries and cultures…



6 Innovative Ways to Use Glogster in the Elementary Classroom


Lessons on different types of careers…



6 Innovative Ways to Use Glogster in the Elementary Classroom


Glogster Is Also A Teaching Tool!!

Another way you can use Glogster is to teach! This application isn’t just for students, but there are tons of resources and lessons already built in Glogpedia, and it’s open for you to create your own Glogster to teach and demo to your students how to use it.



6 Innovative Ways to Use Glogster in the Elementary Classroom


The list for how to use Glogster goes on and on. With all these incredible options, it is a great option for diverse learners and an amazing way to fully integrate technology in the classroom.
6 Innovative Ways to Use Glogster in the Elementary Classroom


What kind of cool ways have you used Glogster in the classroom? Share some of the amazing work of your students in the comments below!




6 Innovative Ways to Use Glogster in the Elementary Classroom

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Coding with Scratch and Scratch Jr in the Elementary Classroom


Scratch and Scratch Jr is a great way to introduce your students to coding. Scratch is basically an online community and its aim is to educate and introduce kids to coding. Students can easily create different activities and convert them into programs using scratch.
Scratch and Scratch Jr is a great way to introduce your students to coding. Scratch is basically an online community and its aim is to educate and introduce kids to coding. Students can easily create different activities and convert them into programs using scratch. These programs can also be shared with each other.
The purpose of scratch Jr is also similar to scratch but it is designed specifically for children of age 5-7. It sparks creativity in kids and at the same time, they also develop an interest in coding. Kids can program different types of games, stories, and activities. In this way, they learn problem-solving skills and how to express themselves creatively.     

How Scratch and Scratch Jr Works

Here is how Scratch works:
  1. Type scratch.mit.edu in the address bar of your browser and press enter.
  2. After you press enter, the homepage of scratch will appear. Here your students can create interactive games, stories, animations and so on.
  3. Create an account and sign in.
  4. After you sign in, you will see a lot of different types of projects created by the scratch community.
  5. You can also go to the help page of scratch to see some of the projects for beginners.
  6. Click on any project that you want.
  7. Click “see inside” button to see how that specific project is made.
  8. You can also edit, make adjustments and experiment with new things in that project after you click “see inside”.
Here is how Scratch Jr works:
  1. Open the Scratch Jr.
  2. Click on the home button to get started.
  3. A page with the character of cat will appear. Your students can edit this page as they want. They can add more characters, remove or replace the “cat” character and so on. They can also make animations.
  4. Engage your students in different interesting projects.

Using Scratch and Scratch Jr with elementary students

Using Scratch and Scratch Jr with elementary students is a great way to get them started with coding. There are so many fun activity ideas that you can do in your classroom. Here are some of those ideas:
*Ideas are inspired by members of the Technology Teacher Tribe Facebook Group
Scratch and Scratch Jr is a great way to introduce your students to coding. Scratch is basically an online community and its aim is to educate and introduce kids to coding. Students can easily create different activities and convert them into programs using scratch.

Retelling a familiar story

This is a great way to spark creativity in your little students. Ask them to think about a familiar story such as three little pigs. Once they pick a familiar story, ask them to recreate it in the Scratch or Scratch Jr. However, the ending of the story should be different than its actual end.

The life cycle of a made-up animal


Another great way to grab the interest of your students and to engage them in a creative activity is the life cycle of a made up animal. Ask them to think about a made-up animal such as catermonkey (half caterpillar and half monkey). After that, ask them to create an animation of the life cycle of this made-up animal. It is up to their imagination how they want to present the life cycle of their made-up animal. 

I also really like these Scratch Cards from Amazon (affiliate link). 

You might also like the Blog Post How to use Buncee with Elementary Students.

Scratch and Scratch Jr is a great way to introduce your students to coding. Scratch is basically an online community and its aim is to educate and introduce kids to coding. Students can easily create different activities and convert them into programs using scratch.

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