After some prolonged issues with the servers that Globalstudent are housed on, all of the Globalstudent blogs are once again back online. These problems were outside our control and we apologise for any inconvenience that this outage has caused. As previously advised, in order to optimize the Global2 service, the Globalstudent campus will eventually be shut down permanently. This will occur at the end of May. Users wishing to export blogs from Globalstudent sites should use the advice notes on the Globalstudent site to do this, remembering in particular to tick on the “import attachments” during the process.
The 2011 Innovation Showcase will take place on Friday 13 May at the Melbourne Convention Centre, South Wharf.
This annual event features Victoria’s most forward thinking practitioners who will share the innovations making a difference in their settings.
Global2 bloggers Kathleen Morris and Kelly Jordan will be showcasing their work …
Better Blogging – Leopold PS
In 2008 when Leopold PS initially used blogs, it was to connect with the immediate school community. Now, in 2011 their blogging has developed to include a large global audience who have daily interactions with other blogging classes across the world. One major initiative for last year’s Grade 2 students was the Ugandan Global Project. Through this project’s use of technology, six classes around the world used blogging to learn about each other, develop a social conscience, and raise $20,000 for a Ugandan school.
The DEECD in association with ideasLab is sponsoring 70 places in an extraordinary Professional Development Opportunity
“…….to follow and connect around their passions…. and ….challenge almost every aspect of traditional schooling as we know it.”
The PLP ConnectU Project will endeavour to improve the understandings of its participants:
Knowledge: An understanding of the transformative potential of emerging technologies in a global perspective and context and how those potentials can be realised in schools using the Ultranet and Global2.
Pedagogy: An understanding of the shifting learning literacies that the 21st century demands and how these literacies inform teacher practice within the Ultranet and the growing web2 community.
Connections: The development of sustained professional learning communities and networks for team members to begin experimenting, sharing and collaborating with each other and with online colleagues from around the world. The project intends on building the capacity of our Web2 leaders, ensuring they will then increase the capacity of their colleagues and apply their learning within the Ultranet community as a whole.
DEECD teachers interested in this exciting program can download a pdf information poster or register direct via ideasLab though the timeline for registrations is short. Applications close on Friday March 11th with the first PD meetup on the 25th of March.
In an exciting development Victorian schools under the auspices of the Catholic Education Office can now sign up with the Global2 campus. This means that all Victorian based Catholic sector teachers can now create user accounts with Global2 using their school based email details, (note Global2 is unable to accept registrations from non-school email accounts eg gmail, hotmail etc). Once these accounts have been created then teachers can create education based blogs for themselves, their schools and their students.
Are you looking for a chance to participate in a global collaborative project established by school students to halt the destruction of important rainforests, create a permanent home for orangutans, and save the planet? On March 3, DeforestAction is running three really exciting online events for schools, direct from deep in the jungles of Indonesia.
Students in Victorian schools can log in to meet orangutans, hear from Dr.Willie Smits about how he is restoring rainforests, and be invited to join a global movement to halt deforestation, and to connect with other schools around the world on engaging and meaningful project based learning activities. The teachers and students will also be offered an opportunity to have their school feature in a major 3D motion picture and 6 part documentary.
To become a participant school you need register and check to see which session time best suits you and your class. Upon registration, teachers will be provided a full teacher resource kit and further details.
Check out this video from Dallas Primary School which was created as part of their involvement with DeforestAction during 2011.
Regular bloggers will know of the extensive work of Global2 member Anne Mirtschin. Anne’s school is one of the biggest volume users of Global2 and Anne’s On an e-journey with Generation Y has been regularly nominated as an edublogs blog of the year. What you might not know is that Anne also hosts two regular free webinars throughout the school year that brings together teachers and educators worldwide. Tech Talk Tuesdays run from 4pm to 5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11) whilst the eT@lking series is on Wednesdays 8-9pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt +11).
Having been both a participant in a number of these webinars as well as presenter in a couple, I can highly recommend them as a great vehicle for personal professional development. This next week’s offerings are particularly pertinent to bloggers, both newbies and experienced.
On Tuesday the guest presenter is one of the best classroom based bloggers going around, Linda Yollis.
In this session, Linda will share the way that she approaches the all important commenting element of blogging and will also discuss how to get parents involved.
On Wednesday Sue Wyatt will will speak about the upcoming global Student Blogging Challenge.
With more than 400 students registered already, Sue will cyberwalk us through the challenge and explain how it all works – the posts, pages etc.
Globalstudent users have recently received an email regarding the imminent closure of this Globalstudent edublogs campus. As a result Globalstudent users have not been able to create new blogs and access to existing Globalstudent blogs will expire with the campus closure. This closure is set down for the end of Term 1 in Victorian schools ie the 8th of April. Until that date they can continue to access their Globalstudent blogs and if they wish, to download or transfer the contents of the blog as detailed below.
If they wish to keep the contents of their Globalstudent blog they have a number of options. If they are a Victorian school they can create a new space on the new Global2 campus. Note if they have an existing Globalteacher blog they can login with those details. If they aren’t an existing Globalteacher user then they will need to create a new Global2 identity. As explained in the email to create Global2 identities they need to use either an edumail account or an email that ends in “yourschoolname”.vic.edu.au , where the “yourschoolname” is replaced with your school’s email identifier. (They may need to ask their technician to assist in this regard). Having created a Global2 identity then they can create blogs as they have done previously using the Blog and User Creator link within Global2.
A number of users have noted that during the transition to global2 that the widgets that were on your Globalteacher blogs have been lost. This is unfortunately unavoidable and we apologise for the inconvenience that this is causing. With regard to Clustrmaps, it is possible to change your existing Clustrmap over from your previous blog to your new Global2 blog using this advice from Clustrmaps.
*PLEASE NOTE* that it is indeed possible to switch from the old address to the new one AND preserve your old dots. All you need to do is:
If you’ve been checking in with your Globalteacher blogs and noticed a change of URL, or if you haven’t noticed the changes on this page, then welcome to Global2 the new space for DEECD schools to Collaborate, Communicate and Create. The new space brings together the previous GlobalTeacher and GlobalStudent spaces into the one, Global2.
Like the previous spaces, Global2 is an edublogs campus, in fact one of the largest in the world and offers all of the advantages of edublogs WordPress based blogs but with the support of and integration with DEECD tools.
Going forward with Global2 we have a number of exciting initiatives and plans in progress more of which will be announced on this site soon so watch this space. If you are a previous or existing member of Globalteacher or Globalstudent and you are looking to create new blogs, (and of course we hope you do), then Global2 is the space to do this.
We also know that with any restructuring of this kind some unplanned things can happen. If you find that there are problems with your existing blogs, please bare with us as we work through any issues and accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause in the short term. Please also know that your existing blogs have been archived in the short term and the content can be accessed. You might also like to look at a previous post on backing up your blog so that you also have a copy of your work.
Again can we encourage any existing users who are concerned about any of the results of these changes to be patient as we very much value the fabulous work you’ve done previously in either Globalteacher or Globalstudent and look forward to even better things in the future.
Topics covered include: tips for beginning bloggers, global projects with blogs, cyber safety, keyboarding, commenting skills, parent involvement and more.
Click here to find the podcast or look up “The Virtual Staffroom” in iTunes.
Unfamiliar with podcasts? A podcast is an audio file available on the internet that you can
listen to on your iPod or MP3 player, on your computer or over the internet. It is basically
like a series of radio shows. The word podcast comes from iPod and broadcast.
Podcasts are a fantastic source of self paced PD. Why not give them a try?