Safer Internet Day 9 Feb webinar book early

The theme for this years Safer internet is Be smart, play your part!

Safer Internet Day will take place on Tuesday 9 February 2016. The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community.

Coordinated by Insafe, the European network for internet safety, the event is supported in Australia by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner.

Victorian Primary schools are invited to register and attend one of 2 webinars held on the day.

Safer Internet Day
Register here   for the morning session

10-10.40 am (room opens at 8 for setup)

Tues 9 Feb

Safer Internet Day

Play your part for a better internet

Safer Internet Day
Register here for the morning session

1.45-2.25 pm (room opens at 12:30 for setup)


Tues 9 Feb

Safer Internet Day

Play your part for a better internet

For schools who have not attended an Adobe Connect Webinar before Register via the link.

You will receive a link after you register. That link is your key to enter the event but it wont work till the room is open (hence the early opening hours).

You just need a computer connected to the internet, a means of sharing with your students eg Data projector, whiteboards etc, some speakers and a mic is optional.

You just click on the link and just as hundreds of our teachers have done so far join the session.

We do include an option for schools who have students with one to one or group devices to have a voice. We will give you a separate link for students on the day at the beginning of the event.

All the information will be included in your registration.



Posted in Cybersafety, Cybersmart, Student activities

School holiday activities for students

The Victorian school holidays will begin for many on 21 December. Here are a range of activities students might want to check out over the  holiday period.

The list has been created by the Victorian State Government and features events from all over Victoria.

Posted in Uncategorized

Global2 finalist in the 2015 edublog awards – Please vote

Voting will close at 11:59 EST (New York) on Wednesday, December 16th.

To vote for your favorites just choose the category below you want to vote in, who you want to vote for and then click ‘Vote’.

  • You can vote in as many categories as you want per day!
  • Please note only one vote per category per day will be counted per IP address.
  • This means, if your school uses one IP address, you’ll need to ask students and staff to vote from home, or only one vote will count :)

Vote here

Posted in Challenge, Digital Technologies

Blog de la clase de español en Aitken Creek PS

Earlier this term we highlighted some of the great blogs that teachers and students were creating on Global2.

Here is the class blog for Aitken St Primary School’s Spanish class or “blog de la clase de español en Aitken Creek PS” AitkenCreekPSpanish

You will see how the class is using a number of different social media tools to access and share resources. For any teachers of Spanish  it is a treasure trove and it is great to see hoe the students are using Global2 to help them improve their language skills.

Congratulations to Lourdes Garcia Larque and the students out at Aitkin St Primary.

Posted in Blogs, Class Activities, Digital Resources, Digital Technologies, Global2, languages

Closing or transferring blogs

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!” Old and out of date content floating around the web makes your blog look bad and reflects badly on your school and the Global2 community.
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 students may wish to take their blog with them. They will need to export their blog’s content to another space or download significant content.

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 transferring the supervision of the blog to them. Edublogs is a place that can import the Global2 content and present it as a whole. Instructions are provided here

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

Teachers who have managed a class or professional blog may also wish to delete their blog . Instructions are provided here

Posted in Blogs, Class Activities

2015 Edublog awards – nominations end today

Woohoo! The 2015 Edublog Awards are a go for the TWELFTH year! All Global2 blogs are eligible!! #eddies15

There are 2 parts to the awards:

  1. Nominations – NOW through December 2nd. (That’s in US time so we have till the 3rd (today)
  2. Voting – TBA

*Nominations will close at 11.59 PM EST USA on December 2nd. Nominating is easy – just complete this short nominations form!

The 2015 categories are:

  • Best new blog
  • Best group blog
  • Best class blog
  • Best student blog
  • Best ed tech / resource sharing blog
  • Best teacher blog
  • Best library / librarian blog
  • Best administrator blog
  • Most influential blog post of the year
  • Best individual tweeter
  • Best individual blog

Don’t forget to make your nominations here!

Posted in Blogs, Digital Learning, Global2

The Everyday Lifesaver App

Life Saving Victoria (LSV) has launched a new app that is available to students for learning emergency response, water safety and lifesaving skills. The app uses gamification to make learning water safety, emergency response and CPR more engaging.


The Everyday Lifesaver App is part of a range of strategies employed by LSV and the State Government to address children drowning by increasing their water safety and lifesaving skills. In Victoria, between 2000 and 2013, there were 205 drowning incidents involving children aged 5-14 years; 31 fatal and 174 non-fatal (hospitalisations). Swimming capability is declining in Victoria as evidenced by an estimated 60% of Victorian children leaving primary school unable to swim 50 metres continuously.

‘Everyday Lifesaver’ is accessible online via a variety of tablet devices and PC, which provides teachers and students greater control over how, where and when they learn. LSV will be evaluating the effectiveness of the Everyday Lifesaver App with at least 4000 Year 7 & 8 students from 15 to 20 Victorian schools.

The Everyday Lifesaver App is currently available for all schools to download at no cost in the iTunes and Google Play stores. The App, as well as teacher support resources, can be accessed via


Thanks to Jill Brown for the original post.

Posted in Class Activities, Digital Resources

Launch of the new DigiPubs site

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new DigiPubs site! Created by DET Digital Learning and STEM Branch for Victorian school educators, DigiPubs are digital publications which provide practical advice and resources that can be accessed online on any device through any browser.

The DigiPubs available are the:

    • Digital Deck  – provides access to online versions of the deck and a word template for schools to create their own cards
    • Planning for 1-to-1 Learning  – provides advice on what schools need to consider to make informed decisions about 1-to-1 program implementation, including introducing BYOD.
    • iPads for Learning  – provides practical advice, school stories and resources including information on using apps, iTunes Collections and iBooks.
    • Microsoft in the Classroom  – provides information on implementing a learning program using Microsoft products. This includes the research report Inking Your Thinking: Case studies in innovation with Microsoft Surface which involved three Victorian schools.
    • Deep Learning Competency Framework – the 6 C’s (Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Citizenship, Character and Communication) DigiPubs provides information and resources for unpacking the competency for the classroom, connecting it to the curriculum, learning progressions, assessing and reporting, leading professional learning and ideas to try.
    • AusVELS English, Maths, Science and History – DigiPubs link Department resources available on FUSE and the eduSTAR Catalogue to the curriculum.The site has been established through ongoing consultation with industry partners, schools and education experts to bring together a number of DET Digital Learning and STEM resources in one central location. New DigiPubs are currently under development.

VCAA have a page on the site where teachers can access the VCE Advice for Teacherspublications for the following subjects: Computing, Economics and Business, English, Health and Human Development and Mathematics. Thanks to Jill Brown From the Digital Learning News

To access the site go to:

Posted in Curriculum, Digital Learning, Digital Technologies, How To, Leaders, Online Resources, Professional Learning

How to build a story from the Sydney Story Factory

Stories can be complex things, full of emotion, depth, themes, and new ideas. But, like castles, cakes and cars, if you have all the right parts, they’re not too hard to create. In this digibook, Matt from Sydney Story Factory will show you how to build your own stories, using tricks to create exciting characters, plots, settings, genres and language.

Thanks to Splash for sharing this great resource

Posted in Class Activities

Zoom in on the reVEAl conference 8th December

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at galleries and museums?

Here is a chance to get a sneak peak at some of Australia’s treasures and I mean the curators….. ACMI in Victoria and the Australian Museum in NSW will be hosting the reVEAl.

Presenters and delegates  will be connected  via video conference. Once you register all you need is the link you receive.

Teachers can dial into a single session or the whole conference.

Selected sessions focus  on  STEM, Arts & Culture, History, Sports & more. Have a go its free for teachers!

The day is designed to be fun, interactive and to provide networking opportunities for teachers and content providers. There will be a variety of short sessions to provide something for everyone. Full details and registration here

Posted in Professional Learning

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