Gadget Glog Projects
In this activity your students will use an application called Glogster to design an informative digital poster on an everyday object of their choice. The posters, called Glogs, are created by adding text, photos and video to a background canvas. Here is an quick example of what a finished poster might look like. Students can use the descriptions found on a design museum website (Hidden Heroes) as models for their posters. Steps One and Two of this post are suggestions for classroom activities which could serve as a lead-in to the out-of-class project work.
Step One : Defining words in pairs
This speaking activity is a nice way of introducing some of the inventions/gadgets that students will come across later in Step Two.
- Put your students in pairs and give one word list (A or B) to each student. Note : You will probably have to go through the words with each group separately to sort out any problems of meaning.
- Ask your students to take it in turns to define their words to each other. I usually give them an example first.
“This is a noun. It’s a piece of furniture that can be found in a dining room or a living room. You might have one in your bedroom too. It has a flat surface which is usually round, square or rectangular. It normally has four legs, sometimes it has three, but it never has two. If it had two it would fall over” (I won’t go on, I’m sure you’ve got the idea!) = Table
- If a student successfully identifies an object but doesn’t know how to say it in English, they can say the word in their native language. The most important thing here is that the students are able to convey meaning.
- Possible language focus for this activity : relative clauses, adjective order, is made of, is used for … ing.
- Discussion : Finish up by asking your students which things they think are the most and least important.
Step Two : Split-reading/listening
This activity involves use of a Vitra Design Museum website called Hidden Heroes, the “heroes” being everyday objects whose design and functionality make our lives easier in some way or other. Watch this quick tour of the site before reading on.
Note : You will probably need to do this activity in a computer room.
- Go to Hidden Heroes and show your students how to navigate around the site (go to the section corresponding to the object they decided was the most important in the discussion above).
- Assign your students three Hidden Heroes each and give them enough time to go through the corresponding sections taking notes on the main points.
- Put your students in pairs or small groups and ask them to tell each other what they’ve found out.
Step Three : The Gadget Glog Project
- Show your students a few examples of Glogster posters from the home page of the application. Explain that it is possible to incorporate text, images and video.
- Set up the project : Tell your students that you want them to design an informative Glogster poster on an everyday object they regard as important. Students could copy the Hidden Heroes format of Overview, Gallery and Did you know? (see example below) or decide on a different structure of their own.
Tip : Refer your students to Russell Stannard’s tutorials on Glogster and suggest that they watch them before starting their posters (as well as being wonderfully clear step-by-step instructions to a range of applications, these tutorials can also give students extra listening practice when doing on-line activities).
- Encourage your students to research their chosen Hidden Hero on the web, then synthesize and summarize the information that they have gathered. Discourage copying and pasting!
- Once your students have completed their posters they could be embedded into a class blog/wiki and voted on (best design, best content, fewest mistakes etc).
- That’s about it I think! Enjoy Glogging!