Student email accounts and social media

We are all well aware that our students are using the internet as part of their everyday lives. We can almost guarantee that each of our schools are committed to supporting students to be active and informed citizens who use the on-line world in a smart and safe way.

A reminder to all Government schools that students have their own student email account.

Just ask your school technician to let you know what they are and how the students can access them .

Once your students have their own email they have the capacity to begin managing their online activities. Including having their own Global2 blog.

Teachers will set these up through Class blogs and have the ability to supervise their students’ blogs but the students will be able to manage their own emails and comments.

Teaching the art of script writing

All the world’s best movies, from Casablanca to Star Wars, started with text.

Plotagon is an interesting online tool that is driven by the text created by your students.

Its beauty is that whilst your students are using the genre of scriptwriting they can see the impact of their words.

It is currently a free tool and has a relatively large application download (download locally and share perhaps? )

The animation is driven by text. There are no timelines or animation clips – Just the ancient technologies of creativity and the written word.




Welcome to a new look & feel Global2

Hoping everyone is enjoying their summer holiday. For anyone overseas Global2 is the Department of Educations and Early Childhood Developments in Victoria, Australia’s blogging community.

And yes Christmas is generally hot.

Global2 began life in 2005 (As Globalteacher) and has been going hot and strong across all Victorian schools. This year we are hoping to increase the confidence of teachers to bring their students on-line and create both class and student blogs. Its looking a little different in here and I am still trying to work out how to wrap my text (Watch this blog!)

Let us know what you think.


Do you know what life will be like In 5 years?

As we approach the new year it is a great time for reflection. Here is one for those of you who also like to contemplate what might be in the future.

All of the DEECD Digital Learning Team would like to wish you and your families a safe and wonderful Christmas and New Year.

Global2 remains open for the holidays and just a reminder that if you need any technical support the fabulous Edublogs team are available at

iBM’s annual report of five predictions for the next five years is all about the benefits of big data: stores, cities, classrooms, and hospitals. Read the full story

Blog export for the end of year

An important, and often overlooked part of using any online space is retiring or relocating it when it is time – sort of like sending your blog to the blogging “farm!”
Chances are that your students’ individual blogs can follow them right through their time at your school. This is particularly valuable if they are being used as their digital portfolio.

If however they are moving schools and or leaving school completely there will be a need to export their blog’s content to another space or download significant content for them to take with them.

One idea is to export the blog as a graduation gift to the student. You will need to inform parents of this, where it has been relocated and that you are no longer supervising it. Edublogs is a place that can import the content and present it as a whole and instructions are provided here 

Edublogs is the same technology as Global2 and has online support for users.

Virtual, blended and flipped classrooms

The 2013 Trends in Online Learning – Virtual, Blended and Flipped Classrooms (USA) report outlines the effectiveness and impact of technology in a variety of learning modes and provides an insight into future applications of technology enabling student learning and engagement.  Key findings include:

  • Administrators are widening their scope regarding the value of online classes to include learning opportunities for administrators, teachers and other support staff in addition to students.
  • Virtual, blended and flipped learning teachers are using more digital content with their students than other teachers.
  • Online learning teachers see significant value in the role of digital tools and resources to improve student success as well as their own personal productivity.
  • Parents who have taken an online class for their own work or job training have high expectations for their child’s school to provide similar learning opportunities.
  • Students are increasingly seeing online learning as a gateway to a new education paradigm where they are in control of the learning process.

See whats happening in Victorian schools.

Personalised learning chart

Thanks to Kathleen McClaskey’s and Barbara Bray for sharing this through creative commons. You are able to comment directly at

Online publishing tool – Readymag

Another great publishing tool available for education – made possible through student managed email accounts. (all Victorian government schools have them)

 Back to purity, back to simplicity. We rethought digital interfaces and built Readymag from the ground up to become the most beautiful and meaningful publishing tool.

Quite a claim but it is really simple to use and the presentation is very professional. Interestingly does not work well with interent explorer. “Browser friendships”

or “Browser war” You will need to use Firefox or Chrome.

Readymag Quick Demo from Readymag on Vimeo.

So what difference does technology make? – Using new thinking to present a powerful message

The blog post on Tuesday featured a government report around young people and risky behaviour. I followed up yesterday with an approach taken by a creative company in addressing a social issue. Now for some classroom application.

Dumb ways to die used creative freeware to develop their campaign. The technology allowed them to do it in an engaging way. More than just engaging and being fun, the campaign was different because of the technology available and the thinking behind its use.

Social media allowed a different approach to audience participation and delivery.

So what difference does technology make to the thinking creative approaches we teach our students?  Are we just teaching them to present? – present powerpoint style, even when we use different medium or technologies?

This Prezi “how to” provides some great ideas to get your students to think and present a concept differently.

The technology makes this possible. Give this to your students, Choose a topic…Romeo and Juliet ….. Antibullying….. Global issues … Could be anything. But here is an authentic way to connect technology, creativity, thinking to any curriculum area.

Follow up to the risky behaviours report published yesterday

Accident rates on the Melbourne Metro were rising, largely due to an increase in risky behavior around trains. But a rail safety message was the last thing our audience wanted to hear and traditional public safety messages just don’t work on young people: tell them to do one thing and they’ll do the opposite. So we had to turn a message that people needed to hear into a message that people wanted to hear. The way we did it was to embed the message into awesomely entertaining content.


From day one, everything about this campaign was designed to be inherently spreadable via social technologies. The main digital channels used were Tumblr, YouTube, Soundcloud, iTunes and a microsite. The three-minute video lived on YouTube. The video was reimagined as 21 animated GIFs on Tumblr. These GIFs created huge and immediate viral effect, driving traffic to both YouTube and our microsite. Once on YouTube, people were given a series of links: they could purchase the song on iTunes, download it for free via Soundcloud, visit our website and get free GIFs off our Tumblr site.