Presentations: Glogster, Infographics, and Creative Commons Media

There are many tools available for creating visual presentations online. This module will focus on Glogster (a proprietary type of ”graphic blog” or interactive poster) and infographics (easy-to-follow graphics that present information and often statistics in a quick visual format).

Glogster

What Is It?

Glogster has developed a platform for educators and students called Glogster.edu.

This is a sample Glog. Click through to explore the links, audio files, and other elements. (You’ll have to scroll down.) You can add audio & video, still images, text, links, and attachments to your Glog, making it an easy to way present a lot of resources in one place.

How Can I Use It?

Glogster.edu has three options for membership: a free account lets you create Glogs and have up to 10 student sub-accounts. Paid memberships offer more student accounts and a variety of other features. Check here for prices and features. In this module, we’ll use the free basic membership model.

Try It Out!

Glogster requires quite a bit of information to get an account. Be ready with your school’s name, address, and phone number, including country code. Once you create an account, you’ll go to a dashboard where you can create new glogs or work on existing ones. In a free account, the only tabs you can access in the dashboard are Glogs, Students, and Messages.

Begin by clicking Create your first Glog. A menu of options appears, and from there, you can choose your “wall” or background, images, audio and video, text, data, and drawing (this requires an upgraded membership). Drag your images around the wall to place them where you want them. For text, choose the text object you want, drag it, and click Edit to add your own text.

Glogster comes with a clip art gallery of free images, but you can also import your own. Save images to your computer and use the Upload button at the upper and lower lefthand corners.

Glogster has incorporated many of the features of a standard program like Publisher. Images can be brought forward or sent back, enlarged or made smaller, and rotated. When you’ve added all the elements you want, preview or save your Glog. You can save it as Unfinished and come back to work on it later. You can also mark it as Public or Private, depending on your purpose.

Other features: Glogster hosts forums for posting questions if you run into trouble.

Reflect

Please post:
1.1 group reflection to the group blog.
2.At least one individual micro-reflections to your Twitter account using our #C2Iasij hashtag.

You might consider these questions in your reflection: How will this tool be useful in your library? What are the advantages of Glogster over PowerPoints, reports, and plain old posterboard projects?

Explore More

Glogster.edu has partnerships with SchoolTube and TeacherTube. Search these sources for content to add to a Glog.

This video tutorial shows you how to upload a video from SchoolTube, in addition to going over the basics we’ve already covered.

Here’s another video tutorial.

Infographics

What Is It?

An infographic shares information visually. This infographic, created by the School of Education at USC, collects various data about children’s books and literacy and presents it all in one colorful and well-designed poster. Clever or interesting infographics often go viral, although most are probably never seen by very many people outside the intended audience.

How Can I Use It?

An infographic is a neat way to organize a lot of chunks of related information. For example, demographic data fits nicely into infographic form. Any project that requires students to combine facts and statistics can be made into an infographic. You can also use an infographic to illustrate a process step by step. Instead of multiple slides to present their finished products, students can use a single infographic.

Remember that there are two main components to an infographic, just as there are for any visual medium: content and form, or data and design. An infographic at its best is attractive and full of verifiable and useful information, thoughtfully chosen. A badly-designed infographic full of great data will probably only confuse the audience; a stylish infographic with very little data or random or questionable data looks good but means nothing.

Try It Out!

First you need some data. If you’re not using data from your own observations and experiments, you’ll need some good sources for reliable data. Some examples:

U.S. Census Bureau has data on deomgraphics, economic indicators, and more.

CIA World Factbook–not just for future spies! If you’re looking for country data, this is the place to go.

Pew Research Center has several branches, including their projects on the Internet and American Life and Global Attitudes. The graphic to the right is an example of Pew data represented visually (no political commentary intended here).

There are of course plenty of other places to hunt for useful and enlightening data for more specialized topics. Be sure that your sources are reliable! Government and university sites are usually good bets.

The sticking point for many people is the design aspect. But I’m not a graphic designer! you say. Never fear. There are tools to help you. If you can handle the basics of using slideshow software like PowerPoint, you can make an infographic. All you need to be able to do is insert images, create text boxes, customize your color scheme, and feed data into a chart wizard. Remember to attribute any data you cull from outside sources.

I made these three slides in PowerPoint.


Visually stunning and instantly graspable information! The final step is to collect the slides into a single image using a photo editor or other image-friendly product.

I saved each slide as a jpeg and opened them all in Publisher to paste them onto one canvas. I created a custom paper size (8.5×20) and then cropped the resulting jpeg to get rid of any white space around the edges. Photoshop is a more sophisticated tool for this, and there are several online photo editors available. You can try Pixlr.com. I was able to save the single image as a png, but I couldn’t import it; you may have better luck!

Reflect

Please post:
1.1 group reflection to the group blog.
2.At least one individual micro-reflections to your Twitter account using our #C2Iasij hashtag.

Infographics are fun, but they can take a serious investment in time. What is the best way to use them in the library or with other staff in the school? How can you use infographics made by others to enhance your library’s mission?

Explore More

Now try combing your Twitter skills with infographics using Visual.ly, a free inforgraphic service that lets you customize from a gallery of templates.

Look at this Livebinder from Carolyn Jo Starkey for more resources on infographics for educators.

Creative Commons licensing

A quick look at Creative Commons licensing: Creative Commons is a nonprofit that “enables the use and sharing of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.” They have developed a series of licenses that creators can use to tag their work in order to allow other users to share and remix. Remember that you are still responsible for attribution if you use images or other work that has been tagged with a CC license. Check the specific information about attribution and reuse on the creative work you wish to use.

You can find CC-licensed work on Wikimedia Commons, through Google image search and other search engines, on Flickr, YouTube and more. For example, searching Google images for “panda creative commons license” brings up results containing those phrases. Double check to make sure the image you want to use carries the CC license.

You can use CC-licensed images in your Glogs and infographics, and in a variety of multimedia projects. Here’s a resource for educators to teach students about intellectual property rights.

Citations:

http://edu.glogster.com/

http://www.schooltube.com/

http://rossieronline.usc.edu/blog/

http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/33499/The-Marketer-s-Simple-Guide-to-Creating-Infographics-in-PowerPoint-Template.aspx

http://creativecommons.org/

This Learning 2.0 module was originally designed and implemented by students in Dr. Michael Stephens‘ Transformative Literacies class in the Fall of 2012. This class is part of San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science curriculum. It was authored by NAME for LIBRARY/GROUP. It is available for use for other libraries or institutions. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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