Spotted Rays, Hammerhead Sharks and Glogster

During our holidays in Portugal this year we went to Zoomarine – an aquatic theme park which my son and daughter loved.  We went to shows with dolphins, seals, tropical birds and birds of prey, wandered through exhibition areas, watched a movie about conservation in the 4D cinema and visited the aquarium.

 This turned out to be the highlight of the trip, as we saw many species of fish in various sizes of tanks from the very small, to those which had a shark swimming about, seeming to happily coexist with many other species.  We spent a lot of time watching the shark in his tank and then moved on to the final tank which contained a small separate section with sea urchins, starfish and a few other species and a larger section which had rays happily swimming about.  This last tank was the only one in which you could touch the fish.  We spent ages at this tank during our first visit of the day to the aquarium and even longer on our second trip before we left 🙂  My 9 year old daughter was very taken by the rays and made a beeline for the stuffed spotted ray in the shop before we left.

Over the following couple of days I got many questions about rays so I suggested that she could do a little project on rays when we got home.  I thought no more of it but on the evening we got home my son and herself Googled pictures of Spotted rays and he showed her how to save the images.  A folder was created for storing the pictures, a notebook was found and so began the research project.  Over the last few days she’s been Googling more pictures and some information about the rays.  She decided that she would find out what they eat, who their predators are (I didn’t even know that she knew what a predator was!) and where they live.  These pieces of information were written in the notebook before being put into a Glog using Glogster.  I set up a Glogster account for her and other than doing this and showing her how to add images and text to her glog I have had no other input to the project.

Seeing her work on this project has been a joy to watch.  She’s been doing bits of research and writing down what she’s learned, playing with her toys and her friends and then coming back to add some of her information and images into the Glog.  She asked me at 9 in the morning on Wednesday if she could go downstairs to Google the predators of the spotted ray 🙂  When she started the Glog first she was very unsure of how to add the images and text but as she came back to it over the few days her confidence grew and the calls of “Mam, how do I?” dwindled until she finished the Glog on Friday.  The glog has been printed and is now in pride of place in her room.  You can check out the fruits of her labours here.  By yesterday my 12 year old son decided he wanted to have a go at creating a Glog using Glogster so we set up an account for him and with a little help from his sister he was up and running.  His chosen topic was hammerhead sharks.  Have a look at his glog here.

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2 responses to “Spotted Rays, Hammerhead Sharks and Glogster

  1. Hi Pam just discovered glogster here through the excellent presentations on rays and hammerhead sharks – I’m amazed as I had never heard of them – that’s going to be my next investigation – are they difficult to get going
    Máire

    • Máire,
      I think Glogster is great. There’s an educational version where you can set up accounts for each student. Check out http://edu.glogster.com/. The basics of adding text, images and video straightforward once you get going. I have been told using Glogster can be problematic if your broadband is poor but it hasn’t been a problem for me. Let me know how you get on.
      Pam

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