Ensuring that you are using images you have permission to use and presenting the attribution of those images appropriately is a challenge for all bloggers.

CompfightCompfight is a new function in Global2. The plugin allows you to search Creative Commons images on Flickr from directly inside your dashboard and add the images to posts with attribution.

Lots of educators like using Compfight as it makes it faster to find images which have been made available by their creators. It is really important to have the conversation with your students that the technology is supporting them to do the right thing by automatically acknowledging the copyright owner. These owners have used Creative Commons licences to allow all of us to enjoy and use their images. Attribution is what they have asked in return. A pretty fair deal really.

We have attempted to keep the search as safe as possible with some clever tech work by the Edublogs team. Blocking certain words from search helps but it is always important to quality assure the images yourself as sometimes the internet can let you down. The message that there is nothing like your own common sense.

See Support

Posted in Blogs, Cybersafety, Digital Technologies, Global2

Global2 teachers invited to the Edublogs challenge

For teachers who would to really like to get their heads around blogging and its potential for their students Edublogs is running its first Teacher Blogging Challenge of 2015!

Whether you are new to blogging, or want a refresher on all of the features that blogging can offer, come join us for our four week crash-course as we guide you through the process of blogging with students.

We’ll cover:

  • Setting up class and student blogs
  • Teaching quality comments and posts
  • Working with widgets
  • Images, copyright, and creative commons
  • Connecting with other classes
  • Tons more!

How Does It Work?

The Edublogs Teacher Challenge is completely free of charge and you are able to count the hours you participate and add them towards your Victorian Institute of Teaching Registration. (Great for CRTs)

Each Teacher Challenge session lasts for 30 days, with 2-3 tasks per week that will be sent to you via email. We’ll send the first challenge to you on February

Global2 is an Edublogs campus. This means that the Department of Education and Training (Victoria) has paid for Victorian teachers to use the top of the range technologies provided by Edublogs (Normally paid for by subscription) and the service is managed by the Digital Learning Team at DET with amazing support by Edublogs. I am sure many of you have been helped by Sue and the team there. Please use your Global2 account to get blogging through the challenge For full details go to http://www.theedublogger.com/2015/02/03/2015-teacher-blogging-challenge/


Posted in Blogs, Digital Technologies, Professional Learning

Safer Internet Day events

Safer Internet Day will be celebrated on Tuesday 10th February.
The theme for 2015 is

Building a Better Internet Together.

Activities include a web conference co-presented by the Cybersmart Team at ACMA and the Department of Education and Training Victoria.

The session is titled “Being a good bystander”.

Date/time: Tuesday 10 February 2015,   9:30am-10.:30am.

Audience:   Years 4, 5 and 6 students.

Register for the web conference here  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SID2015

Find activities for all students here


Posted in Cybersafety, Cybersmart

Digital technologies and some fun coding

The Australian Curriculum presents the Digital Technologies curriculum.

The Australian Curriculum: Technologies describes two distinct but related subjects:

  • Design and Technologies, in which students use design thinking and technologies to generate and produce designed solutions for authentic needs and opportunities.
  • Digital Technologies, in which students use computational thinking and information systems to define, design and implement digital solutions.

Presented here is http://code.org/learn  a great place for teachers and students to have a play and below is the curriculum context for teachers.

Posted in Curriculum, Digital technology, Gaming for learning

Thinking about global projects for your students?

Connecting your students to others across the globe, and undertaking meaningful collaboration is powerful learning in action.

It may seem a bit daunting at first but these two organisations have educators at the ready to help.

A reminder that any Global2 educator is able to invite their international school into their blog. You will just need to contact elearning@edumail.vic.gov.au to let us add your partner school’s email to the Global2 community.

iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is the world’s largest non-profit global network that enables teachers and youth to use the Internet and other technologies to collaborate on projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world. http://www.iearn.org/

Flat Connections Global Projects starting February 2015 – with something for all levels of K-12.

Here is a summary of projects available:

All projects start again in February 2015. Don’t miss out!

Do you have questions about Flat Connections projects? Please browse the FAQ page – it’s NEW!

The motto “Learn about the world, with the world!”

Posted in Digital Learning, Digital Technologies, Online Projects

Welcome to new bloggers

Welcome to any new bloggers who are joining Global2 for the first time and welcome back to those returning from holidays. At this time of the year, many educators set up student blogging accounts. It is really important that teachers get comfortable with how the Global2 service works before they set up any student accounts. There are security settings that vary. Make sure when you start off that you protect your personal information and also the personal information of your students. User names must be unidentifiable and you must ensure you use student school email accounts that are also unidentifiable.

For DET Policy on student email go to http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/support/pages/tecsupport.aspx

To get started some great support documents have been created and you can access them through the technical support tab above. NB Global2 is an Edublogs Campus  so the tools may be called different things but they work the same way. Technical Support is also available at support@edublogs.org .

Teachers must have fully informed consent from families to sign up to any online service. This applies to Global2.

Teachers must also have permission from their Principal to bring students onto Global2.

Educating students in and with digital spaces is an important part of contemporary learning but it must be done safely and legally. Global2 provides a space and support for Victorian schools. We want to support our schools to do so but rely on the professionalism of our teachers to apply their behaviours and thinking around the duty of care they provide to their students and apply that to this and all online spaces.

Again welcome to Global2. Happy blogging.

Posted in Blogs, Cybersafety, Digital Learning, Digital Technologies, Global2

Default Security on Global2

Global2 blogs are used for many purposes. Teachers who are setting up, or considering setting up blogs with their students are reminded that they must obtain permission from both their principal and the parents of students, if they are setting up student blogs.

The default setting for all blogs in Global2 is public but blocked to search engines . This means that people who have the link to a blog can see the blog. This allows students and parents to see blogs easily. Teachers can connect students to each others blogs easily.

If students are beginning to use blogs, or are using them with any personal information such as a digital portfolio then teachers MUST set the student blogs to Private. They must also make themselves administrators to each student blog.

The best way to add yourself as administrator to student blogs, and control privacy on their blogs, is to set up My Class on your class blog and connect your student blogs to your class blog using My Class.  You’ll find detailed step by step instructions for setting up and using My Class here.  Student accounts must be created using their school email account.

Privacy Options

Global2 users can select from the following privacy options via Settings > Reading:

  • Allow search engines to index this site
  • Discourage search engines from indexing this site (this is the default setting)
  • Visitors must have a login – anyone that is a registered user of global2.vic.edu.au can gain access.
  • Only registered users of this blogs can have access – anyone found under Users > All Users can have access (setting to ensure most privacy).
  • Only administrators can visit – good for testing purposes before making it live.
  • Anyone that visits must first provide this password

If you are using My Class, students can’t change privacy on their student blogs and it is controlled in My Class > Settings.

Posted in Uncategorized

Cybersafety Tip – Snapchat And Instagram and now Airdrop

Here’s what some students are using instead of Snapchat and Instagram to share pictures and files. This can be a positive thing but in

some cases not so positive. Again its not the technology itself, its what a user chooses to do with it. It is something teachers need to be aware of.

Airdrop is a feature on iPhones and iPad can be used by students to easily share files. this could be a really handy tool in a class.

Maya Kosoff writes how it is being used in a way that teachers might not be aware of http://www.businessinsider.com.au/teens-using-apple-airdrop-instead-of-snapchat-and-instagram-2015-1

Posted in Cybersafety, Digital Technologies, New technologies

Australian Mathematics Trust competitions and programs for 2015

The Australian Maths Trust is one of the world’s largest school-based mathematics competitions with more than 14 million entries since 1978.

maths picThis is a fun 30-problem competition with many of the problems set in situations which show the relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives.

Here is some information to help teachers include Australian Mathematics Trust competitions and programs into their programs.


Posted in Challenge, Mathematics

Holiday Activities @ Museum across Victoria

Museums across Victoria are presenting many hands on events for students. Here are a sample of the ones coming up.

Scottish fun at the Immigration Museum

Immigration Museum – Summer School Holiday Program – 20 December 2014 – 27 January 2015

These school holidays we’re giving you a glimpse into Scottish culture at the Immigration Museum!

Let your kids be inspired by our special craft activities celebrating Scottish culture and traditions.

Dinosaur adventures at Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Museum – Summer School Holiday Program – 26 December 2014 – 27 January 2015

Get ready for awesome fun and roaring new dinosaur adventures at Melbourne Museum!

Don’t miss Dinosaur Disco: Saturdays 10, 17 & 24 January, 5.30pm-7.30pm. Dance the evening away to your favourite dinosaur and disco songs – underneath the belly of a Mamenchisaurus.

Dive deep at Scienceworks

Scienceworks – Summer School Holiday Program 1 – 27 January 2015

Dive deep under our oceans or get ready to blast off into the universe these holidays!

Don’t miss a very special one-off event, “Who is Tasmacetus?” – a great opportunity to meet our scientists and get up close to a rare whale skeleton!

Other events can be found on local websites

Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E)

National Sports Museum – Holiday Program

National Wool Museum

Shepparton Art Museum – Children’s Programs

Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

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