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Glogster for Your Tweens?

I got a note from my daughter’s teacher that her fourth grade class is starting a private class blog. How exciting! So today, she showed me what she’s been up to on Glogster. Glogster? Again, my under-a-rockness has been exposed.

Apparently, a “glog” is a digital poster, on which you can put images, text, sound and videos. The platform seems to be heavily marketed to teachers, with a whole platform (EDU Premium) dedicated to this audience and specifically tauting digital literacy. Some ways they suggest using a glog: having students illustrate math problems for classmates to solve, making collaborative visual “poetry,” make presentations fun.

You would think that we would be all wired up in this house but the irony is that we are just… not. As much as I’m a techno-head, I still feel like kids are just so naturally surrounded by technology, they don’t need to dedicate hours to it. I think of all the hours I spend on a laptop these days and kind of wish that I could swing around on the monkey bars more, ya know? How come they don’t have playground literacy?

My position is totally supported by how quickly my girl hops on, logs in, flips through glog backgrounds and shows off her avatar.

Like any other platform, the public glogs are littered with their share of inappropriate content. It’s a full on social platform, with the ability to follow/friend. So if you decide to give your kids some time on this digital playground, I would suggest monitored usage as well as having conversations about how to be online and stay safe.

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