Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Step 3: Designing the Glog: Adding Text


Adding Titles or Text

Well the most basic thing that you can do in glogster after you have added a background is to add text. You can do this by going to the "Glog Tool" and clicking the "TEXT" button, which will make the Text screen pop up. Now, there are several different forms to the text you can add. You can see these in the top section on the left of the screen, "bubbles," "stickers," and "titles." I will start with titles first because I usually like to give my glog a title in the traditional sense of the word but titles can be used in anyway you want to use them, to drop in text somewhere, give a picture a title, section off the glog, or anything you can think of for titles.

So, if you click on the "titles" link on the left hand side of the screen it will bring up the glogster database of titles, not just text but various kinds of title backgrounds, shapes and colorings to make titles pop out. You can search the entire database or search it by theme. In edu.glogster there is an additional theme titled EDU for educational-type titles.

You can also add text via "bubbles" which are really just shapes in different colors that are like speech bubbles that you can add to the glog to give your glog a bit of voice, such as attaching it to images or videos to add comments. It is really up to your creativity and how you want to use them but there are various kinds of "bubbles" in different themes.

One thing that I am really excited to get to is adding text or body. I always add text to my posters, I usually use posters in order to get some message across. Anyway, you can add text either on it's own or specifically on a "sticker," like a sticky note. Personally, I prefer to use "stickers" because it makes the text pop but it's up to you how you add your text. To add text normally simply make sure you are on the homepage of the "Text" tab, which you can get to by clicking the "see all" link, and there is a button that simply says text. You can do this for titles as well. However, I like to use the "stickers," which you can use by clicking the link and then searching for a sticker that fits. You can search the entire database or by theme, like with many types of media, edu.glogster has a special section for educational-type stickers like blackboards and stationary stickers.

Once your text, in whichever form you choose, is published to your glog you can drag it to where you want it to be. You have the option of editing your text. Click on the text and click on the edit button on the bar at the top right corner. See a previous post if you would like to learn how to use the edit bar.

Glogster has a lot of options for adding text to your glog. You can usually find something to suit your needs and if you cannot you can always add an image and place text onto it thereby making it a sticker. Learn how to add images next.

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