Department of Education and Training (DET) Victoria and Catholic Education Office educators are invited to join Global2 and create blogs for their students’, their classes or themselves.
Global2 is managed and owned by the Department of Education and Training (DET). It has been developed to support student learning around the safe and responsible use of social media by using social media.
This safety information is presented as a guide to assist you in setting up the most secure and appropriate community for you and your students. For support issues contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Your DET contact around Safety and Policy is email@example.com
In order to start using Global2
- Get your Principals OK. Each School principals must endorse the participation of their staff and students.
- Get your parents’ OK. Fully informed consent must be obtained from parents/guardians.
- The school will need to consider the purpose and educational intent for their use of Global2
- The school will need to consider the audience for each blog, post and page. It is important to consider who they want to to see any published work and adjust the privacy settings on Global2 appropriately.
Consent must be fully informed, freely given, current and specific in how the information will be presented and to whom it will be presented. Schools will require signed consent for any work, images or information posted online. School should understand that while consent can be freely given, it can also be withdrawn at any time. The school would then be required to remove the content/resource immediately.
The requirement to obtain consent is not unique to Global2 and or DET. This contextualises current Victorian Privacy Legislation for schools. Fully informed consent is required to sign students up to create, publish and share any personal information or opinions on any online or cloud based service.
Each blog must be used for student learning. It is important to encourage your students to present their best work and to consider what they share.
Even if the blog is set to private, some parents may want to know where their child’s data is located. This includes the information used to create their account which should be non identifiable) and the content their child creates “behind the scenes.” For this information go to: CampusPress
- You will also need to use your Edumail or vic.edu.au email account to join automatically. (This enables us to ensure that the members of Global2 are from our schools).
- Students who are having individual class blogs will require a school email account.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are from a school without this domain or have a partner school or project that you would like to collaborate with via your school’s blog/s. We are able to add other domains to Global2 once verified.
Different Blog options
Teachers can create as many blogs as they like once signed up and signed in.
They can create:
- a professional blog
- a blog from their classroom or teaching area (e.g. library blog)
- a single class blog with all students as contributors (great for keeping parents up to date with class activities and events)
- individual or team blogs for students (created through the class blogs tool)
Setting up student blogs
Global2 was developed to allow teachers to see and manage their students’ blogs.
Each student blog must maintain a school/teacher administrator. See: Duty of care and supervision
Using the MyClass tool, teachers can create student blogs by including each student’s school email account and a non-identifiable user name (students will need their user name to log in).
Choosing the privacy settings for the class blogs must be done at this creation point. Teachers can choose what level of control they want their students to have. See: Students and classes
By having their own account students learn to manage their online activities including password changes and comment notifications.
Privacy and safety considerations
All students must have agreed to the school policies and/or Acceptable Use Agreements (AUA) before they join the Global2 space and teachers must make the principles around the AUA part of all online learning they lead.
Teachers should ensure that student privacy and safety is reinforced at all times e.g. never more than three pieces of identifying pieces of personal information. (It is likely that the school is identified in the blog or in the way it is connected to other blogs e.g. a class blog)
Some quick tips
A teacher can:
- administer as many blogs as required but it is advised to begin small, ie with a class or teacher blog
- start with younger or beginning bloggers in a private space before launching out onto the internet
- choose to either have no comments or to moderate them as they are received
Teachers must actively manage all blogs during the life of the blogs that they have created, including deletion of the blog where appropriate. See below for information on closure of blogs
Issues or removal of content should be done at the school level, however if there is concern contact email@example.com
Setting the privacy and audience for your blogs
Every person using a blog or giving permission to use a blog must understand what it is being used for and who is going to see the content.
- establish and communicate clearly the learning intent for the blogs to parents and students and consider, communicate and establish the privacy settings of each blog to determine the audience.
- Communicate to parents and students – who will see what information.
Global2 allows for a variety of options and each of these can be used on any blog, page or post of a blog. As students build their skills, knowledge and confidence teachers may choose to allow students to be the administrators of their own blog but must always remain an administrator of all students’ blogs. This will give you access to edit, delete or archive any blog or post instantly.
See: Duty of care and supervision
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you require support to remove or hide content.
The privacy (audience) settings that can be applied to any Global2 blog, page or post are:
- private(only the administrator/s of the blog can log in and see any content)
- password protected(a password is required to see any content. Ideal for sharing drafts or providing access for parents, family and friends)
- open(but not shared to any search engines) this means anyone who has the link or knows the address (URL) of any blog will be able to see it but they can’t use Google or any search engine to find it. This is currently the default setting on blogs.
- open to everyone and searchable by search engines(everyone in the world can see it) therefore it really needs to be high quality content worthy of a global audience.
It is important that all Global2 bloggers understand who can see each blog as it will influence what is written and shared. This is a key teaching point in contemporary classrooms. Teacher’s may change permissions as skills and knowledge develop but also be mindful that some content may need different audiences eg the school may use a central blog but class pages could be only accessed by the teacher and students themselves.
Smart, safe and responsible use essentials
Understand the technology
Read the Edublogs user guide (Global2 is an Edublog Campus). You should know how to delete a comment, archive a blog, view your students’ blogs and comments and set appropriate privacy settings. Starting with an individual or single class blog is advised. All individual blogs require an email account. Teaching students to manage their blogs and share anything they see as a concern is essential. Keep an eye on both the emails they receive and or the blogs themselves. Make sure students know what to do when they see something that concerns them.
Establish expected behaviours
Set clear and expected behaviours for all students as you would in your classroom. Establish actions for reporting issues and removing inappropriate content.
The process of teachers setting up their class blogs creates hierarchy. Teachers have the capacity to maintain control and access to all blog content, comments and settings through this hierarchy. Teachers also have the capacity to ensure that all posts come to them before they go online. This is an important feature to use when you are educating your students about what things are appropriate to post to the web.
Supervision in out of school hours
When a teacher is setting up a Global2 space as either a class blog or as individual student blogs, they are responsible for the activities and postings on that blog. The nature of blogging is that posts can be made anywhere and anytime. Teachers are not expected to sit up all night checking every blog but there are some genuine responsibility on the school and some smart means by which to manage this. See:DET Duty of Care
As a DET online space these are the expectations for ALL schools using Global2 including non-government schools and international sister schools using the Global2 community.
Parental Consent (See http://global2.vic.edu.au/online-safety/fully-informed-consent/)
Ensuring that parents are partners in the students’ blog is fundamental in the development of smart, safe and responsible users of social media. Making sure that all parents have access to the blog and are encouraged to post comments will build the knowledge of both students and families. It also ensures that there is another adult available to help students creating individual blogs.
Protect personal information
Keep students’ information private. Ensure that you never use students’ full names or include their email addresses online and that they do the same. Never label a photo with a student’s full name. Ensure you have informed consent before posting images of students online or allowing students to post images of others.
Walk before you run – Start blogging in a closed space
It is highly recommended that student blogs begin as protected sites (set up with passwords for access for parents) to allow teachers to reinforce messages around student safety, sharing of personal information and simply teaching students what is and what is not appropriate to share to the world.
If you decide that your students are ready to share their posts, start by moderating their posts until you are satisfied that they can manage them with your support on the side. Remember you and the school are still responsible for supervising all of these blogs whilst they are live.
Plan your blogs’ closure at their inception
It’s always hard to think about the end of something when you are enthusiastic about itsset up. It is essential that blogs are closed, but it is always possible to export the content with parental permission to another blogging community such as Edublogs. It is important to keep parents informed of this because you are in effect handing over the responsibility to them and their child. This can make a great graduation gift.
The Department of Education and Training (DET) provides advice and resources to support the safe and responsible use of digital technologies on its public website.