What is possible with Adobe Creative Cloud?

With the growing interest in developing creativity amongst our students, teachers are looking for digital solutions to embed within their curriculum planning. As BYOT (Bring Your Own Technologies) and Cloud based platforms become increasingly popular across Victorian schools, it is important as a teacher to model digital literacies across all curriculum areas. Finding the right resource or software to meet student needs has always been a priority for teachers.adobe

In the coming months the Digital Learning Branch in partnership with Adobe Education is providing great opportunities for teachers and students to explore the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of resources.

If you are using mobile devices in your classroom already jump in and try Adobe Voice and Adobe Slate. These free apps will give your students the freedom to create dynamic, beautiful multimedia presentations and webpages to share their learning.

You can find some great examples at the Adobe Education Exchange or better still upload your students work in FUSE and share their stories.

 Teacher workshops – What is possible with Adobe Creative Cloud?

Monday August 10: Two sessions 1.30 – 3.30 and 4.30 pm – 6.30pm

REGISTER FREE: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/what-is-possible-with-adobe-creative-cloud-tickets-17946525541

 Join Adobe as they share the possibilities of Adobe Creative Cloud in the classroom. Victorian teachers are seeing their students creativity come to life with the latest offering from Adobe Creative Cloud.

The Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) is the most up to date versions of what was the Adobe Creative Suite plus lots more. The most recent of Adobe’s industry standard web design, print, audio and video applications are available to download via CC as well as new applications like Adobe Muse and Edge Animate for great HTML website and animation without the need for coding skills.

This workshop will provide an overview of what is included in the Adobe CC and how educators & students around the world are working the CC applications to enhance the way they communicate.

To make the most of this workshop, download the trial version of Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 and Adobe Muse.

More information about Adobe Creative Cloud software can be found via:




Posted in Digital Learning, Digital Technologies, New technologies, Online Projects, Online Resources

Classroom blogging meeting place

Joel Aaron from Bentleigh West Primary School has taken the initiative to create the Classroom Blog Repository. The concept is simple and relevant to all Global2 teachers.  He has set up a free space for teachers to promote their classroom blogs so that other classrooms from around the world can connect.

Joel says “One of the primary purposes of having a classroom blog is to flatten the traditional walls of the classroom and to learn from other schools in other countries about other cultures all around the world. By submitting your blog for this site, you are saying to the world you want other students and teachers to visit, comment on and learn from your blog.”

There is a link at the Classroom Blog Repository site to register your Blog. Global2 teachers  should only register class blogs not individual student blogs. http://www.classroomblogrepository.com/ 

Posted in Blogs, Digital Technologies, Global2

How do we teach young children about social media?

How do we teach young children about social media? There is no one way, as the teachers who are using Global2 know.

A New York teacher Jennifer Aaron tweets with her very young students at PS 150. “We tweet as a whole class three times a week,”she told the New York Times School Book. “They come to the rug — Twitter is usually on — and they have either at their seats thought of an idea that they want to share, or when they get to the rug I’ll give them a few seconds to think about what they want to share. And they put their thumb up and I call on them.” This film presents the context, learning and results.

Posted in Class Activities, Curriculum, Digital Literacy, Digital technology

My Story My Content – Atom short film making comp

To enter My Story My Content, students must create a 60-second short film and submit it into one of the following two categories:

  • Primary Schools/Students
  • Secondary Schools/StudentsATOM

Entries must be based on this year’s theme: ‘Movies Matter’. Your film must be about how or why movies matter and include a reference to film piracy or its impact.

  • Entry is free, and is open to all students in Australia and New Zealand.
  • All films must be made specifically for this competition.
  • All entries must be submitted online at mystorymycontent.com, including uploading of the short film and at least three still images from the film.
  • Entrants may submit multiple entries, as long as each entry differs significantly from any others submitted by that entrant.
  • The first-place prize in each category includes $1000 cash. Other prizes include DVD/Blu-ray packs, movie tickets and more.

To learn more about My Story My Content,
or to view any of last year’s finalists for inspiration,
please visit mystorymycontent.com

Entry forms must be completed (and films and stills uploaded) through the online entry system at http://mystorymycontent.com/entry-system/ 

Entries close at midday AEST, Monday 10 August 2015.


Posted in Challenge, Class Activities, Digital Learning, Digital Stories

Global2 blogging on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

Manage and update your Global2 blog right from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Download the Edublogs app

Global2 app

As Global2 is an Edublogs Campus, the app will allow all Global2 bloggers to use the support and advice provided by Edublogs.

Download the app, dd your username, password and blog URL then tap Sign In

Posted in Blogs, Digital Learning, Digital Technologies, How To, Student activities

Coding tools for students P-12

A terrific article by Kira DeVaul featured in Common Sense Media’s summer edition (for the US and Europe) presents some great options for teachers to use in their classrooms and give to their students to explore around coding. She has organised these into three levels which cover all school levels. I have done a bit of a tweek for Australian schools.

At the primary level, kids can learn to code using these tools that focus on the foundations of programming: problem-solving, logic, and critical thinking. By learning these skills early and through the context of code, kids are empowered to become creators, not just consumers, of the technology they’re growing up with.
Middle years students might be at different levels of familiarity, but these tools are applicable to every level of knowledge — from more building block-style tools great for beginners to advanced tutorials that get students using real languages to make apps, websites, and games.
The secondary school  tools will help students build this essential 21st-century literacy by learning how code works and how to write code themselves. Once they’re up to snuff, coding will give your students a new way to demonstrate knowledge and express themselves.
Kira’s  full top picks list for elementary, middle school, and high school coding apps, games, and websites.


Posted in Curriculum, Digital Learning, Digital Literacy, Digital Technologies, Programming

FUSE Victorian government teachers can login!

Just a reminder to Victorian Government teachers that when they use FUSE they have their owfusen desktop to create and share resources with their students. Once they login (with their Edumail details) they can upload their own content to share it directly with their students, package it up with other digital resources and send it directly, or create a link to share with students. NB their students don’t need to login to anything.

Here is one I prepared earlier. https://fuse.education.vic.gov.au

Here is an example of a package that I created within the package.

“Ancient Rome” a valuable teaching and learning resource.

Posted in Online Resources

Subscribe to Splash

The ABC has teamed up with Education Services Australia to link new learning resources directly to the SplashAustralian Curriculum.

To date, they offer resources in the areas of Science, English, Mathematics, History, Geography, The Arts and STEM. To learn more about ABC Splash, teachers are invited to sign up to their weekly newsletters 


Posted in Online Resources

Global2 templates expiring time to get mobile

The template you are using is about to expire. What is that all about?

You might have seen within the back end of Global2 a message that the template you are using is due to expire in a set (and decreasing) number of days.

With the increased uptake of mobile phones, tablets and technologies,  the need for a website to be mobile friendly is really important for your audience but there are online consequences: See Google punishes clunky mobile sites.

It is as simple as logging into Global2 and selecting a new theme http://help.edublogs.org/choosing-your-theme/

If you want your blog to display nicely on all devices including phones, tablets and desktops, it is better to use a mobile friendly theme.

Mobile friendly themes, also known as responsive themes, are designed to optimize the theme based on which device someone is using to view your blog.

All mobile friendly themes are listed under this category in Appearance > Themes (Mobile Friendly tab)

It is like putting on a new suit. Your content will remain but it may look different and you might have to make some adjustments to colours etc. BUT If you have custom designed a header make a copy of that (Right click and save as image) just in case.  You can then replace it safely.

You will be best looking for a design similar your current blog. (same number of columns etc)Picture1

All of your posts will remain. If anything looks like it has disappeared it will still be in your system, you will just need to look for it to represent it.

They say you should never work with children and dogs. I am going to add technology to that!!  But just as we love working with the fun and ever changing spirit of the students we teach, it’s the fun and changing spirit of the technology we love too (I promise) Oh ..… dogs are great too!

Posted in Blogs, Digital Technologies

Sir Ken Robinson … because you tread on my dreams

Over the holidays I have featured some resources  on Global2 that you might not find time to view in a hectic school term.

This talk Bring on the learning revolution has been presented as the follow-up to Sir Ken Robinson’s  fabled 2006 talk  Do schools kill creativity? It seems to be relatively low key by comparison, but I dare you to watch this and not feel the reference because you tread on my dreams, referenced within the  Yeats poem and contextualised within this Ted Talk.

“The cloths of heaven”

Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light;
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Posted in Pedagogy, Professional Learning

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