About

Department of Education and Training

Global2 is managed by the Department of Education and Training (DET). The technology and technical support is provided by Edublogs. The help and support resources in Edublogs can be used to support Global2. Initially teachers and students used Global2 for blogging. It now has a variety of purposes for schools, as a digital portfolio, as a way to teach students about technology and social media and now as a means of applying some of the knowledge and skills from the Victorian Digital Technologies curriculum.

You’ll find the complete Edublogs User Guide here. For technical support you can also email support@edublogs.org 

If you have questions about access, student safety or something you encounter concerns you, email digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au

Who can join?
The DET has a licence for all Victorian Government and Catholic Schools to use the service.

Schools are able to set up student, class, teacher and school blogs. We have tried to list all school accounts to allow automatic set up. If you experience difficulty signing up please contact digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au to have your school domain added.

Schools who have international partners or sister schools are able to invite these schools into the Global2 environment to undertake collaborative projects with their school. Think of your school as being their chaperon. Contact digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au

Class Blogs
Global2 presents a management hierarchy for teachers to setup and support their students through the MY Class tool.

Teachers MUST be administrators of their students’ blogs. All blog owners including students must have an email account to allow them to manage their account.

Who can see my blogs?
Each blog has the settings to select the right audience (privacy settings)

Each blog (or even parts of the blog – posts or pages) can have a defined audience. Using the ME WE SEE model audience can be:

  • just the blog owner, “ME”
  • members allocated to see the blog, people who have been sent the link and  a password to the blog or all other Victorian schools who have a Global2 blog “WE”
  • The whole internet world. “See”

The current default for a Global2 blog is that the blog is open to a see audience but created in a way so that no search engines will discover it. The link would need to be shared.

NB Global2 is an Edublogs Campus and we are eligible to participate in all Edublogs activities including the Edublog awards and Student Challenges.

Access
We aim to provide access 24/7. Global2 can be accessed and used on Mobile devices and features technology allowing users to blog, Wiki, message board and add (or embed) and connect other technologies. For technical features go to help and support

Manage and update your Edublog right from your iOS device

Manage and update your Edublog right from your Android device 

Closing or exporting blogs
Teachers must consider what to do with the blog once their students leave their school and/or a project has ended. Unsupported out of date blogs may present your project or school badly. They risk being the location of unwanted spam and comments. You must have an exit strategy.

Some schools have chosen to give their students (with informed consent from parents) a graduation present with their blogs exported to another blog community – (Edublog is a good one to consider) as it extends their their educational portfolio. Other schools have given their students an opportunity to export their own blog content and then closed the blogs down.

 

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