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.
Compfight 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.
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.
Setting up class and student blogs
Teaching quality comments and posts
Working with widgets
Images, copyright, and creative commons
Connecting with other classes
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/
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 email@example.com to let us add your partner school’s email to the Global2 community.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Teachers must have fully informed consent from families to sign up to anyonline service. This applies to Global2.
Teachers mustalso 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.
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.