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    July 30th, 2010 by Mike Bryant

    Science literacy.  Should really just be literacy, but we’ve not quite made that bold a move yet. Elaborate communication is the most important component of  disciplined inquiry.  Glogster provides an easy resource for students to communicate core knowledge, providing a depth not available in a simple print format.  Glogster gives students the option to include multi-media.  For example students may upload a song describing water contaminants. They could add a video on acid rain, or images depicting fish kills.  The glog could link to other class glogs or other sites so more information may be presented.

    A glog is simply another tool available for students to build a story.  The story may be concise or an open dialogue.  The point is that the glog provides more avenues for students to communicate, beyond text.  These avenues open venues for storytelling, fostering creativity.  In the classroom, a glog provides an easy tool to offer creativity along with transparency, giving the option to publish content created.

    In the glog example below, the story told depicts a dangerous substance: dihydrogen monoxide.  Pulling in images, links, audio, video and lesson, the glog provides the teacher a creative means to distribute a lesson, with resources.  In reality, the lesson is not on dihydrogen monoxide, but on the importance of science literacy.  Dihydrogen monoxide, or water, is essential for life, yet of course is the major component of acid rain.  People drown every year and water is used to cool nuclear power plants.  Take a look at the below glog and let me know what you think.

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