SPARK and Glogster

Although SPARK (Self and Peer Assessment Resource Kit) was listed as a tool to evaluate as part of this course, the site is no longer available to access. A new version of SPARK is currently being developed.

The new version of SPARK will enable students to confidentially rate their own and their peers’ contributions to group projects. Brady and Kennedy (2005) suggest that peer assessment can be a powerful tool for providing students with a sense of ownership over their learning. SPARK can be used to engage students in collaborative projects. SPARK could align with Kearsley and Schneiderman’s Engagement Theory which suggests that students need to be actively involved in engaging, collaborative learning experiences (1999).

Below is a screenshot of what the newly developed SPARK site could look like.

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I found another interesting tool on the internet. Glogster could be described as a ‘digital scrapbook’ which enables users to document their learning experiences in innovative and creative ways. Videos, audio files, images and text can be incorporated into glogster posters.

The image below is of a ‘glogster’ that was incorporated into school library wiki.

Glogster is a versatile tool that can be used to facilitate innovative and interactive learning experiences. Students could work collaboratively to create a glogster for a class presentation. This learning experience could align with Kearsley and Schneiderman’s engagement theory which suggests that learning should be a collaborative process (1999).


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