Global Teacher - WEB 3.0 Community and Research Project

Driving the Blogs

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Would you like to have a blog of your own and encourage your students to work using blogger? Are you interested in joining us and working as a member of this news room? Can you visualize working in an online Book Room or having your students undertake Mad Challenges?

When you take the plunge and join Global Teacher or Global Student you are joining a collective of teachers and students. The email address you use to sign in, create an account and acquire a blog with either Global Teacher or Global Student is kept on a data base. Once your email is registered on the data base, you not only become the proud owner of a blog but you CAN be added as a USER to another blog . To join Global Teacher and Global Student there are some important steps you need to follow.

Step One

Firstly, go to the sign in pages. You can choose to only be a member of Global Student, or only a member of Global Teacher, but if you want to work in both collectives you need to have signed up and registered for each. Teachers are unlikely to sign students in to Global Teacher but they may find that Global Teacher is the perfect place to house various blogs and will need to be a member of both collectives. A teacher, for example, may want to put up their Year 9 Curriculum on one blog and have a specialty book blog as well. There is no limit to the number of blogs you can have.

Ready, steady, go.  

Go to Global Student, Global Teacher and sign up. It is an easy page to navigate. If you go to either of these pages when you are logged in to Global Teacher or Global Student they will list the blogs you own or participate in.

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This is the first screen you will see. Signing up is dead easy.

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A second screen will appear and ask you to give your blog a title and check your details. Remember that your username will become a part of your new web address. So the user name of globalteacher became Choose your username carefully. Think about what you want your web address to be.

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Finally a screen displays asking you to go to your email box and activate the account. If you do not do this, your name will drop off the system and you will not be able to find the blog you had created. You have two days to activate your account.

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Once all the steps have been completed you can be added to a community blog. For example, you can now be added as a user here on the Global Teacher Weblog. If your email address is put in the system, it will recognise you and let you become a user. If you have not followed all the steps the system will say it does not know this user and will be unable to add you.

Once you are registered to Global Teacher and actually logged in, go to either the Global Student or Global Teacher. The sign in pages have become a dashboard and list the blogs you own and the blogs that you have been added to as a user.

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Now when you want to create a new blog it is very simple. The system knows you and will let you register new blogs. Blogs can be quite addictive and you may end up having a host of them, each targetting a different audience.

IMPORTANT

If you are a teacher and you want to add students to the system you have to be LOGGED OUT. It is a good idea to use a completely different PC at school and add students one by one. But remember, an email will go to the address you use and someone will have to physically ACTIVATE each account. It is a good idea to work with the class one by one and send each student off to activate his/her account and add you as an Administrator.You can then delete any dubious content.

If you request to join the Bookroom or any other blogs here at Global Teacher you will be added to the team of people who are able to post.

To log in to any blog that you have joined simply click Login, using your user name and password.

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Here is the login link as it appears on the Book Room blogger

Logging in enables you to go to what is called site administration, - the Dashboard.

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By working the Dashboard you will be able to change the look and appearance of your blog. Check all the tools and options and experiment with them. It is a matter of trial and error but you will be able to post text and images and even include video footage.

3.To post on Global Teacher weblogs you need to enter from the dashboard. You can choose to make a post or make a page. Here is what the make a post page looks like.

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You can post directly on this webblog and show us samples of what you and your students have been doing.

4. Choose to participate in one of the exciting VELS based learning projects. Projects include the Mad Hatter Challenge, a Share Bear diary, a bookclub and a blog to showcase the private worlds of individuals. Mail to globalteacher@edumail.gov.au and request that you become a team member. No one is compelled to participate in these projects, but they do provide a learning playground for staff and students. At Global Student, students can safely start projects, share ideas and work collaboratively with, and alongside, students from all over the world.

5. Start posting as soon as possible and remember to post news of what you are doing here at Global Teacher.

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