Activity: Creating an interactive online poster
Level: From pre A1 to C2
Age: Primary YLs to Adults
Timing: One to one and a half hour’s class time, depending on the age of the students.
- a computer per 2/3 students
- headphones with microphones attached to the computers that you are going to use (optional)
- ideally, a computer attached to a data projector for demonstrating the task to the class and reviewing their completed posters
- an internet connection
- Adobe Flash player plug-in installed on your computers
1.Create an educational account with Glogster http://edu.glogster.com/ which is free.
- You’ll have to click on the link in the email that the Glogster site will send you to activate your account.
- You can create individual logins for each of your students if you wish, or you can simply get them to use your personal login.
2. Create a Glogster poster for yourself to get familiar with all the options available. It’s is a simple process and there’s a video tutorial that can help you at http://www.schooltube.com/video/1e9cf8d1092b27b2de8e/Glogster-Tutorial-Discovery-Education. With Glogster you can:
- Choose the poster’s background (Wall) from the designs included in Glogster’s gallery or upload a picture of your own.
- Add text in decorated text boxes and include hyperlinks to web sites.
- Add graphics from a list that’s available on the site.
- Add images: by linking to one you’ve found on the internet, uploading one from your computer or, if you have a webcam, by taking one.
- Add videos: by selecting from a list of SchoolTube videos, by linking to a video you’ve found on the internet, uploading one from your computer or, if you have a webcam, by recording one.
- Add sound: by linking to a recording you’ve found on the internet, uploading one from your computer or by recording sound with a mike attached to your computer.
Note: you won’t be able to check any hyperlinks you’ve added, play a video or hear sound while you’re in Edit mode. To do so you have to be in Preview mode or to view your Glogster poster after you’ve Saved and Published it.
3. Choose the topic or theme that your class is going to work on.
Demonstrating creating a glogster poster to your class
1. Log into your Glogster account.
2. Get a student to volunteer to demonstrate the steps involved in creating a Glogster poster:
- encourage everyone in the class to shout out their preferences as your volunteer goes through all the different options. This keeps everyone involved and helps them to remember the steps.
- elicit or provide the process language required to carry out the task and put on the board e.g.
- Choose that one!
- That one’s better.
- No, I prefer that one.
- It’s my turn.
- Click on the …
- Now save!
3. When your student volunteer has demonstrated all the possible options for creating a poster, s/he then clicks on SAVE AND PUBLISH:
- S/he will be asked to give the Glogster a title, select a category for it and be given the option of making the poster public or private.
4. If you have a class blog or wiki, there is one more optional additional step: embedding your poster into a post:
- Choose the destination where you want to embed your voki e.g. Blogger, WordPress etc and fill in the details on the form provided or copy the code that’s displayed and add it to your post.
- Before your students start work on the computers, get them to write the process language you wrote on the board in their notebooks and to do a quick role play in pairs or 3s using it.
- This is really valuable language that they need to know and have fresh in their minds because it will be a great temptation for them to revert to their first language in the heat of creating their posters.
- Get them to agree and commit to a time limit for creating their posters, that way it will be easier for you to make sure that they all finish on time.
- Now your students can start work on the computers. Get them to work in pairs or 3s and to use your login (or the logins you created for them) when they go to the Glogster site – that way you’ll have all their posters in the same place to review together at the end of the class.
- Monitor their work and remind them, if necessary, of the process language they role-played.
- When your students have finished their posters, review them in a whole class session. Get students to say what they like about each other’s posters and to vote for the one they like best.
- While the rest of your students are working on another task, take the opportunity to spend time with them in their pairs or 3s and to talk through the work they produced and any language problems they had.
- If they’ve made a recording or a video, stop and start it to focus on any particular problems they may be having with vocabulary, individual sounds, sentence stress or intonation. Now you have a handy record of their speaking skills to measure their advances during the course and for assessment purposes!
You can’t create a recording on your Glogster poster:
- Check that the headphones/mike are correctly connected (many headphones have a pair of pink and green jacks that connect into the pink and green sockets on the computer).
- Check that the sound has not been muted on the computer. For computers running Windows, click on the speaker icon on the bottom toolbar and make sure that mute hasn’t been checked or double-click on the same icon to open the settings window and check that the mike recording level is not set too low.
If your blog is with Blogger and you copied and pasted the code Glogster provided into your post, you might incur a bug: Blogger tells you that there is an error with your HTML code.
- Click on the Edit HTML tab on your post and add </embed> at the end of your code. Your post will now publish successfully.
For a related article on using web resources by Ann, see www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/using-web-resources-create-tasks-real-outcomes