For the past few months, I’ve been working with 20 second graders on a project using Glogster. These spectrum students have been studying inventions and have taken existing inventions that could be improved upon or invented their own creations. As part of their study, they talked about costs, benefits, risks, and more.
None of these students had used Glogster before, so I started them out with a brief overview of what Glogster could do. Then, as I’ve done in other projects, I let them explore. As students had questions, they were more comfortable asking one of the adults (myself, Ms. Hicks, and Ms. Saxon). Over time though, we pushed them to begin asking each other questions and sharing expertise with one another. Students discovered things such as:
- how to capture audio with a microphone and embed it on their glogster
- how to use a webcam at home to video themselves talking about what was on their glogster
- how to search Schooltube and embed a video
- how to create a photostory and upload it
- how to scan images of their invention and upload it or use it in a photostory
Each time a student learned something, the other students immediately wanted to do that too. It was another great example of the power of students collaborating with one another and taking risks in their learning by diving into the unknown and figuring things out. These students will now go into 3rd grade with a better understanding of how this tool works. I just finished collaborating with the 3rd grade team and the art teacher on a project that will call upon these students as the experts who will teach the other students in their grade level how glogster works when this project launches next year.