Session 5 - Project based learning and Glogging July 5, 2011

Student Presentations
Student Presentations

Essential Questions

  1. What opportunities does project based learning present our students?
  2. How can our students become subject matter experts?
  3. What tools exist to help our students present their knowledge?

5.1 Introduction to Project Based Learning

Watch the short video below. After you have finished watching the video get the embed code. Embed the video into your Session 5 page and answer the following questions below it.
  1. What opportunities for project based learning currently exist within your department?
  2. What opportunities does project based learning provide for our students
  3. What potential weaknesses exist in this approach to education?

5.2 Teaching Strategy: Students as presenters
There are multiple opportunities for our students to present their knowledge. It can be the culmination of a project based learning project, an after reading activity or an assessment. Either way, technology can be used to enhance a student's ability to present their knowledge.

5.3 Introduction to Glogster

Below is an example of a Glog created by a student at Malden High School. Take a few minutes to explore the features of a Glog and think of how you might use it in your classroom. You will be creating your own Glog in the next activity, 5.4.

5.4 Use of Glogging

By the end of this activity you will
  • Create and embed (in your Session 5 page) a Glog that connects to the reading you selected in Session 3
  • Reflect on the usefulness of this tool for your classroom below your embedded Glog
  • View Glogs created by other course participants and give them feedback in the discussion tab of their Session 5 pages
  • Become familiar with setting up student accounts for your classroom

For Educators:
  • A creative, dynamic, and innovative digital outlet that captures learner’s excitement for online creations, keeps learners engaged in course content, and makes teaching and learning more fun.
  • A private and safe platform, monitored directly by teachers. Teachers control all the activities of their learners.
  • A valuable teaching tool that integrates diverse core subjects including math, science, history, art, photography, music and more for individual learner portfolios, unique alternative assessments, and differentiated instructional activities.

For Learners:
  • A fun, imaginative, and powerful learning experience which fosters independent creative self expression, positive learner-teacher relationships, and teamwork on collaborative class projects.
  • A vibrant, multi-sensory learning experience which integrates learner’s knowledge and skills into traditionally text-oriented subjects and motivates learner’s desire to explore topics in which they may previously have been less interested.


1. Go to

2. In the top right corner click Register?

3. Complete the registration process. When this is done hit

sign up
sign up

4. At this point you can create your own glog or you can add your students. To add students you would hit add new students:

add a new student
add a new student

5. Free membership will allow you to create up to 100 student profiles but you will not be able to sort these students into classes. Premium subscription will allow you to create more students and to organize your students into classes.

6. If you do this at some point you will have received an email with a list of account usernames and passwords for your students. These can be emailed to your students for them to set up accounts. The email will look like this:


7. To create a glog simply select

make new account
make new account

8. It will bring you to the page below. You can play with the tool bar and create, customize and name your glog.


  • Before creating your glog, please go to and look at a few of the glogs that people have made, notice what is possible, and see if any ideas strike you as especially impressive.

Saving and Embedding

9. When you have finished creating your glog select save and publish from the top right of your page. It will take you to the next screen where you can categorize your glog. (see below)

10. When you have set up relevant categories hit save and publish. The next screen will give you HTML code to copy so that you can embed your glog into your wikispace in your Session 5 page, beneath a heading "5.4 Glogging".

5.6Forum Post
Respond to the following questions:
  1. Is project based learning a feasible replacement for traditional curriculum?
  2. How will you get students to develop the way they present what they know to other students? What challenges can you foresee? What solutions do you know of?