• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Bogotá, Colombia
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    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

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    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

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    Casablanca, Morocco
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    Mumbai, India
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    Aurora, CO
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    Mora, MN

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    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

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    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

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    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

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    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

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    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

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    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

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    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

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    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

Glog?! Try it!

Almost everyone now knows and recognizes a blog when they see one (you must, since you are reading one right now!).  However, what if I asked you what a GLOG was?  Would you know?  When I first heard of them, I had absolutely no idea!  I figured it must have been similar to a blog since they were spelled similarly, but what the heck was the beginning G for?  Google?!

As it turns out, a glog is in fact a form of blog, but it is set up interactively like a web page.  They utilize video links, audio, images, and other design layouts that attract their viewers and enable them to explore the blog (like when you check out a website).  It’s actually an extremely impressive display, but surprisingly easy to put together.  In fact, I learned about these unique blog formats when working on an assignment in the education department (targeted towards elementary students!).  That’s right.  Kids in elementary school have already been introduced to the process of creating glogs, and from what I have seen, they are downright excellent at it.

The most well-known site for creating this interactive blogs is Glogster.com, and as a teacher, I am expected to be able to utilize this site for projects for students.  They should have access to it to create book reports, describe various issues in social studies and science, and illustrate different math concepts to both myself and their peers.  Crazy, right?!  To think that just ten years ago, writing emails was a fantastic accomplishment.  How far we have come in so short a period of time!  If you are interested in trying this out, or seeing some of the amazing glog work done by both elementary and secondary students, I encourage you to check out Glogster.com.  It’s a free site and may be extremely helpful for upcoming projects or use with other classes. 🙂

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