MWorld Trial

Monash University are looking for Grade 3-6 teachers to trail a new app called MWorld. The MWorld Flyer contains more information and contact details if you are interested.


If you’d like to know more about MWorld, please visit the website at

Teachers, why not celebrate Book Week 2014 by setting up your own class Book Club on the State Library of Victoria’s Inside a Dog 

Just register and then invite your students, all of the technology is there for you free and supported by the fabulous library of Victoria.

It takes a few minutes to set up as many teachers have done before.You can make your discussion private, for just your class,  combine classes across your school and/or open it for others to join.

It’s a great tool to use if you have an international sister school.

Whilst Book Week 2014 is the ideal time to get started  Book Clubs are available all year around and are open to all teachers and students. Here is a great example of how books and technology can work together to achieve great learning for students.



ABC Splash Live event – Robots

On Wednesday 10 September 02:00 PM ABC Splash Live are presenting another live event – Robots! ABC Robots

Have you ever come face to face with a real robot? Transformers, Star Wars droids, Dr Who daleks and cybermen. What robots can you think of? See amazing real robots in action and imagine what robots will do in the future.

Questions are open now – this is your show – so ask the ABC team anything you want to know about robots!

When the event goes live  the host and quests will be talking about the topic and answering questions live. Get your questions on the blog. All details


Register for the Gallipoli Oaks Project

Over 350 primary schools across Victoria have already registered, for the Gallipoli Oaks Project.

The Quercus Calliprinos (Palestine Oak) saplings are now being grown at various nurseries and Burnley Horticultural College for planting by Victorian primary students at their schools as part of celebrations to commemorate the centenary of the landing at ANZAC Cove on April 25, 1915.

The project enables students to learn about Australia’s involvement in the Gallipoli campaign, the significance of remembrance trees and the importance of greening communities.

The aim is for primary schools and their local Return Soldiers’ League members (RSL’s) to plant their trees and/or hold a commemorative ceremony on ANZAC Day 2015 across Victoria.

The digital education kit was launched at this year’s Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Featured here is the Digital e-book of The Gallipoli Oaks Story: How the trees came to grow here. I have inserted it in Issuu an online service that converts PDFs into ebooks. Yes there are ads so read it in full screen with your students.

Digital teacher resource kit for classroom use, tailored to the Grade 3 Curriculum

Click here to see a new map of the 450 schools and 50 RSLs registered already. Schools can register at


Weather Detective

Throughout the month of August ABC Science is asking for help with transcribing weather observations from old ships’ log books. We are taking a crowd-sourcing approach to reduce this workload and asking regular folk, students, schools and members of the public, to get involved and help the scientists with their research work.

This crowd-sourcing approach is called ‘citizen science’ – it’s about using the power of the people to increase the breadth of science by gathering or processing information important to a scientific project. Weather Detective is an online citizen science project that is helping scientists at the University of Southern Queensland with their research.

Getting your class involved

Weather Detective is suitable for students from upper primary school onwards. You can enter your class as a school group – you just need an adult to register for Weather Detective, and you also need parental approval to participate.

Once you have this, just sign up and register as a school group with an email address and a password. Students will use these to login and participate. Any number of students can take part at once and, while they work individually, their work will count towards a collective score.

FUSE and the secret login

FUSE and the secret login is not a new book in the Harry Potter series but something that crops up time and time again. FUSE is the DEECD search engine for fuse login teachers and students that is open and available for all to use. There is however a login feature for Victorian Government teachers which allows you to upload, store Package and share your own content or the content you find in FUSE. Give it a go!   Its a great place to store videos as it produces an embed code for Global2 and other web 2.0 technologies.

The power of student digital portfolios

Matt Renwick  presents some compelling ideas about Why digital portfolios are important for students …. He begins

With the spreading use of computers and mobile technology in schools, going digital with student portfolios has become more popular. Simply put, digital portfolios are online collections of student work. They allow us to archive, curate and analyse samples of student learning from both the past and the present and keep that data — literally — at the tip of our finger.

Students and teachers can use digital tools to document current understandings, make revisions as thinking changes, share student products both locally and globally and celebrate successes with peers and parents. Although this practice is only one part of a balanced assessment system, there are many benefits that learners, both student and teacher, can gain for developing digital portfolios. Read the full article The power of digital student portfolios

Some reasons:
Become a
digital citizen

Use technology with purpose

Find a global audience

Redefine student data

Improve instructional decision-making

Become students of our own practice

Develop personal learning networks

Global2 users are reminded that all blogs can be exported to Edublogs and WordPress when a student relocates or leaves your school. This can make the portfolio have real life impact. Teachers are reminded to let parents know about their intention to do so and where the blog is being relocated with the URL.


Sharing students’ personal information online

I started this blog post with intention of sharing a nice resource for teachers to use creatively with their students. We regularly share new and exciting resources which provide opportunities for learning.
This resource’s added appeal was that a teacher could use it without signing up their students.
Sharing students personal information online is a current hot topic and this resource was the perfect resource to explore the issues.

I wish to state here and now I am not a lawyer, but an educator. I am looking at how I could use such resources and educate my students to use digital technologies safely and responsibly whilst meeting my obligation keep their personal information, well? …Private.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) outlines the need for schools to obtain consent to post any information online about a student or have their students do it in their care or under their instruction.

Posting and sharing information about a person other than yourself online
or in any other way requires consent. Consent must be fully informed, freely
given, current and specific in how the information will be presented and to whom
it will be presented. Schools will require signed authority for any work, images
or information posted online. School should understand that while consent can be
freely given, it can also be withdrawn at any time. The school would then be 
required to remove the content/resource immediately.

We all think of photos and student video,  but sometimes we are sharing information that is not as obvious. It includes the personal information given to online services when we to sign up to applications – name, age, address, date of birth …. You know the drill.

When I looked at the resource I was able to do some things without signing up at all. To use the service fully I  had to sign up, and so would my students.
“How can I get my students to use a great online service whilst meeting my obligations around Privacy legislation?”

The online resource gave me many options to sign up.  I was presented with this familiar box above. Single sign on makes things easier and as an adult I use it almost without thinking. But what does it mean when I use it or I get my students to use it- in terms of sharing  personal information and in some cases sharing the details of the “Friends, circles or details of others in their communities”?

I have taken these from the transition pages of each service informing me , or in some cases NOT informing me of what information I would be sharing.

By logging in with my Twitter account I was giving the following permission
This application will be able to:

  • Read Tweets from your timeline.
  • See who you follow, and follow new people.
  • Update your profile.
  • Post Tweets for you.

By signing up with Facebook  I was giving permission to share the following info:
Your public profile and friend list. This does not let the app post to Facebook.

Choosing Google+  provided  my email address.

No information was provided by Instagram about what they were sharing (not sure what that meant) but I was prompted for my username and password.

Edmodo gave me a link to not one but two pages outlining what would be shared and how. It was interesting to see changes at different age ranges , and

LinkedIn said NO you cant use us to sign up! Not too many children on LinkedIn.

At its worst I have seen services which raid your contacts list and take all of that information to use in their communities. It is never described as this but more like …. Connect with friends:-)
“Who I follow” and “Friends List” ????  Not so thrilled to have tweets posted for me thanks very much.

Just as we educate our students to use online tools and services we also need to educate them around the sharing of information from one service to another. We also need to make sure we have parents permission. Educating students to question what they are being asked for and share as little information as possible with these services is important.

So how would I choose to get my students access to this resource myself? After fully informing parents and getting their consent, I would get my students to sign up by using their school email address. Every DEECD school has one for their students already available. (Ask your school technician if you are unsure). The student email allows your students access but also allows you to teach your students how to manage their own online services and reset passwords etc.

Educating students to be creative, connected and collaborative online includes contemporary knowledge about how the online world works.
It is non-questioned practice for us to check out thoroughly the people who work in our schools eg Working with children checks. Checking out the online services we are taking our students to deserves equal attention. ….  not to forget obtaining fully informed parental consent.

For DEECD schools requiring legal advice in this and related areas please contact:

ABC Heywire is calling for stories by Year 10, 11 and 12 students

ABC Heywire is calling for stories by Year 10, 11 and 12 students from regional Australia. Stories can be in text, video, audio or photo format. 

30+ winners will get their story on the ABC and win a trip to the Heywire Summit. Entries close 16 Sept 2014.

For details go to

Top 100 tools for learning

This annual list compiled by Jane Hart from the votes of learning professionals worldwide. Here are the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013 –  the results of the 7th Annual Learning Tools Survey – compiled from the votes of 500+ learning professionals in 48 countries and published on 27 September 2013 See more

The 2014 List will be revealed on Monday 22 September 2014. Voting for the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014 (8th Annual Survey) is now open