Welcome to new bloggers

Welcome to any new bloggers who are joining Global2 for the first time and welcome back to those returning from holidays. At this time of the year, many educators set up student blogging accounts. It is really important that teachers get comfortable with how the Global2 service works before they set up any student accounts. There are security settings that vary. Make sure when you start off that you protect your personal information and also the personal information of your students. User names must be unidentifiable and you must ensure you use student school email accounts that are also unidentifiable.

For DET Policy on student email go to http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/support/pages/tecsupport.aspx

To get started some great support documents have been created and you can access them through the technical support tab above. NB Global2 is an Edublogs Campus  so the tools may be called different things but they work the same way. Technical Support is also available at support@edublogs.org .

Teachers must have fully informed consent from families to sign up to any online service. This applies to Global2.

Teachers must also have permission from their Principal to bring students onto Global2.

Educating students in and with digital spaces is an important part of contemporary learning but it must be done safely and legally. Global2 provides a space and support for Victorian schools. We want to support our schools to do so but rely on the professionalism of our teachers to apply their behaviours and thinking around the duty of care they provide to their students and apply that to this and all online spaces.

Again welcome to Global2. Happy blogging.

Default Security on Global2

Global2 blogs are used for many purposes. Teachers who are setting up, or considering setting up blogs with their students are reminded that they must obtain permission from both their principal and the parents of students, if they are setting up student blogs.

The default setting for all blogs in Global2 is public but blocked to search engines . This means that people who have the link to a blog can see the blog. This allows students and parents to see blogs easily. Teachers can connect students to each others blogs easily.

If students are beginning to use blogs, or are using them with any personal information such as a digital portfolio then teachers MUST set the student blogs to Private. They must also make themselves administrators to each student blog.

The best way to add yourself as administrator to student blogs, and control privacy on their blogs, is to set up My Class on your class blog and connect your student blogs to your class blog using My Class.  You’ll find detailed step by step instructions for setting up and using My Class here.  Student accounts must be created using their school email account.

Privacy Options

Global2 users can select from the following privacy options via Settings > Reading:

  • Allow search engines to index this site
  • Discourage search engines from indexing this site (this is the default setting)
  • Visitors must have a login – anyone that is a registered user of global2.vic.edu.au can gain access.
  • Only registered users of this blogs can have access – anyone found under Users > All Users can have access (setting to ensure most privacy).
  • Only administrators can visit – good for testing purposes before making it live.
  • Anyone that visits must first provide this password

If you are using My Class, students can’t change privacy on their student blogs and it is controlled in My Class > Settings.

Cybersafety Tip – Snapchat And Instagram and now Airdrop

Here’s what some students are using instead of Snapchat and Instagram to share pictures and files. This can be a positive thing but in

some cases not so positive. Again its not the technology itself, its what a user chooses to do with it. It is something teachers need to be aware of.

Airdrop is a feature on iPhones and iPad can be used by students to easily share files. this could be a really handy tool in a class.

Maya Kosoff writes how it is being used in a way that teachers might not be aware of http://www.businessinsider.com.au/teens-using-apple-airdrop-instead-of-snapchat-and-instagram-2015-1

Australian Mathematics Trust competitions and programs for 2015

The Australian Maths Trust is one of the world’s largest school-based mathematics competitions with more than 14 million entries since 1978.

maths picThis is a fun 30-problem competition with many of the problems set in situations which show the relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives.

Here is some information to help teachers include Australian Mathematics Trust competitions and programs into their programs.

http://www.amt.edu.au/2015-competition-and-program-dates/

Holiday Activities @ Museum across Victoria

Museums across Victoria are presenting many hands on events for students. Here are a sample of the ones coming up.

Scottish fun at the Immigration Museum

Immigration Museum – Summer School Holiday Program – 20 December 2014 – 27 January 2015

These school holidays we’re giving you a glimpse into Scottish culture at the Immigration Museum!

Let your kids be inspired by our special craft activities celebrating Scottish culture and traditions.

Dinosaur adventures at Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Museum – Summer School Holiday Program – 26 December 2014 – 27 January 2015

Get ready for awesome fun and roaring new dinosaur adventures at Melbourne Museum!

Don’t miss Dinosaur Disco: Saturdays 10, 17 & 24 January, 5.30pm-7.30pm. Dance the evening away to your favourite dinosaur and disco songs – underneath the belly of a Mamenchisaurus.

Dive deep at Scienceworks

Scienceworks – Summer School Holiday Program 1 – 27 January 2015

Dive deep under our oceans or get ready to blast off into the universe these holidays!

Don’t miss a very special one-off event, “Who is Tasmacetus?” – a great opportunity to meet our scientists and get up close to a rare whale skeleton!

Other events can be found on local websites

Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E)

National Sports Museum – Holiday Program

National Wool Museum

Shepparton Art Museum – Children’s Programs

Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

Last Years’ Blogs

Just a reminder to teachers who need to close their students blogs for this year

Bulk delete student blogs

1.  Go to My Class > Student blogs in your class blog.

2. Select the check boxes next to the blogs you want to delete.

Full details are located at http://help.edublogs.org/delete-student-blogs/

 

Zoos Victoria holiday events

Zoos Victoria – School holidays – During the school holidays they also offer full day educator-led holiday program’s for kids and teenagers.

Here are some special events to consider:

  • Healesville Sanctuary – Keeper for a Day – Our keepers have their hands full caring for our animals and need your help! Go behind the scenes with some of our most precious and endangered Australian animals these school holidays. Meet amazing predators such as Tasmanian Devils, platypus and snakes. Come and work as a keeper at Healesville Sanctuary to discover what it takes to care for these animals and fight extinction. 13, 14, 20 & 21 January 2015.
  • Healesville Sanctuary – Vet for a Day – Come and work alongside our vets on real life cases involving Healesville Sanctuary’s animal collection and injured wildlife brought to the hospital. 14,15, 21 & 22 January 2015.
  • Melbourne Zoo – Kids Go Wild – In Kids Go Wild children will have an action packed day, visit secret areas of the Zoo, meet animals up close, chat to Zoo keepers, take part in craft and games, and have fun with other kids who are as wild about animals as they are! 12-23 January 2015.
  • Werribee Open Range Zoo Keeper for a Day – If you are keen to find out what it takes to work in a zoo, caring for the amazing array of different animals, then come out to Werribee Open Range Zoo next school holidays. Come and discover what a keeper’s day really involves! 14, 16, 20, 21 & 23 January 2015.

ACMI – Kids’ Flicks

The Australian centre of the moving image (ACMI) is presenting “Smart films for smart kids” These holidays.

This fun-filled Kids’ Flicks program is guaranteed to delight and captivate the imagination of children

and grown-ups alike. ACMI – Kids’ Flicks

School holiday activities

The Victorian School Holidays will start on 22 December – Here is some information you can share with your parents to enteACMI – Kids’ Flicks – Smart films for smart kids. Our fun-filled Kids’ Flicks program is guaranteed to delight and captivate the imagination of children and grown-ups alike.rtain their children? vic

This link presents a range of activities you might consider to entertain them with over the summer school holiday period. http://www.vic.gov.au/about-victoria-tourism/holidays-daylight-saving/school-holidays/school-holiday-activities.html

What do you tell children about living in an unsafe world?

THE Martin Place siege has received near blanket coverage in the media, prompting many parents and teachers to ask what is conversation

appropriate for children to see, and what children should be told about the situation. Sandy Rae, Psychologist presented some ideas on Channel 9’s Today program yesterday. The ideas she presented were similar to Justin Coulson a parenting researcher and author’s article in the Sydney Daily Telegraph.