Special thanks to Sasha B. Bard, MS, University of Maryland-College Park Dietetic Intern for the following blog post originally published at “communicate nutrition,” the SNEB Communication Division blog

Glogster, a social network based on the creation and sharing of glogs, has been around since 2007.  It is free to use and easy to sign up for.

But what are glogs you ask?  Glogs are interactive online posters that contain text and graphics, as well as videos, music, graphs, animation, and embedded website links – pretty much anything your creative mind can think up!  Once you create a glog you can share it on the Glogster website with other gloggers or it can be shared via email or on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.  Glogs can also be printed, though printed glogs do not allow for interactive use.  For example, you cannot play a video off of a printed glog.  The print feature does, however, automatically generate a QR code (quick response code) that links to the online version of your glog.  The personalized QR code is automatically inserted into the bottom corner of your printed glog. This allows others to scan the printed glog with a QR code reader to quickly access the interactive, online version.

Glogster is a wonderful tool for the creative expression of ideas.  For professional use, I see Glogster being most suitable for nutritionists and dietitians working with children and teenagers.  For example, nutrition educators who work in school or clinical settings could use this tool as a way to promote digital literacy within a nutrition lesson.  In fact, Glogster offers an educational version called Glogster EDU that provides private settings for teacher-student use.  With Glogster EDU, which is subscription-based, teachers and students are connected as ‘friends’ and can collaborate on and share projects within a secure platform.

Glogs are a great way for students to demonstrate knowledge on a topic.  One idea for a nutrition lesson would be to have students create a glog on healthy eating.  They could choose images, music, videos, and text to show what healthy eating means to them.  Glogs can also be used for click-through learning.  Educators can create glogs on a topic and ask students to explore the glog – read the text, look at the images and diagrams, and watch videos in the glog – to learn about and answer questions on a topic.

 

Check out Glogster today and take your poster to the next level!

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