Techie Breakie @ Apollo

Allowing a time to collaborate and build ICT capacity

July 31, 2016
by Miss May

Nillumbik and Banyule Schools’ Network Communities of Practice Smorgasbord

Thank you for attending today’s session about Getting Started with blogging using Global2. Below you will find many of the websites and resources we discussed.

Educational Blogging video

Setting up your Global2 Blog

Blogging Tips

  •  Primary Tech Blog. A blog set up by Victorian Teachers who are passionate about blogging. You will find many resources and tips on beginning a classroom blog here.
  •  Edublogs support website.  Visit here for any technical tips or advice when using your Global2 blog.

Great classroom blogs

Happy blogging 🙂


What did you find most useful about today’s session?

May 6, 2015
by Miss May

Session 3: Science Blogs

Thanks again for coming along to the last Techie Breakie session for Round 2! Today we are going to enjoy some ‘egg and bacon cups’ -thanks to the lovely Bron for catering 🙂

Our aim this morning is to give you the skills you will need to update and manage your team’s science blog. Below you find links and more information about the topics covered

1. What is the purpose of the science blog and what needs to be included on it?

  • The science blog will be used as a curriculum tool to enhance the teaching and learning in the science unit
  • It is a ‘one stop shop’ for your Science unit
  • It will house all of your Science unit in one place, YouTube clips, other videos, pictures, worksheets and information.
  • This is not for individual student use – it is a collaborative space for teachers to house a unit. It is different to your grade blog where you would give out the address to parents and students.

2. How to do I add a page and ‘drop down page’ to the blog?

Click here to find out how to add a general page.

Click here to find out how to add a ‘drop down’ page.

3. How can YouTube clips be embedded in the blog?

Click here to find out how to add a video to you page or post. Tip – head to the bottom of this linked site for YouTube.

4. How can PDF documents be added to the blog?

Click here to find out how to add a PDF to a post or page.


Here is what we mean by ’embed’ a YouTube clip. (Please feel free to watch it – it’s super cute!)

April 16, 2015
by MissAnderson

Session 2: The Dashboard

Hi everyone! Session two sees us with the introduction to the dashboard. The dashboard is the ‘behind the scene’ place where you make all your changes and add all your info so that your blog can look great. Then you can visit your site and see how it looks afterwards!

These are many parts of the dashboard and we have already covered ‘posts’ and ‘comments’. Today we will briefly cover the main parts which are underlined below:

My Class

Plug ins

Then we are going to get you to set your theme! This is the template of your blog, the bit that you get to customize to make it pretty.

Remember that if you have any questions about today’s session please add them as a comment to this post!

April 14, 2015
by Miss May

Session 1: Posts and Comments

Now you have your blog, let’s get into some of the fun stuff…

What is a post?

Posts are where you’ll publish your main content such as what’s been happening in your classroom. They are displayed in reverse-chronological order with the most recent post at the top of the page. Your posts are the way in which you add new information, photos or videos to your blog. A good post usually has an open-ended question at the end which requires people to respond and leave comments.

How do I know what to post about?

Have a look at this great video for some good ideas…

Here is a detailed description with tutorial videos on how to make your first post.

What is a ‘quality’ comment?

Teaching children to make quality comments is an important part of educational blogging. It reinforces important literacy skills and allows for meaningful conversations to occur through your blog. Have a read of Katheen Morris’ informative article on the importance of quality commenting and how to teach commenting skills here.

What is your new blog URL so we can add it to our ‘links’ widget?

April 14, 2015
by Miss May

Session 1: The blogging adventure begins…

What is a blog?

  • The term ‘blog’ came from ‘weblog’
  • Type of website that is usually arranged in chronological order from the most recent ‘posts’ at the top of the main page to the older entries towards the bottom
  • Can include text, images and/or media objects

Benefits of Educational Blogging

Purposes of a blog @ Apollo

  • Collaborative tool
  • Grade specific
  • Virtual window into the classroom
  • Reflective practice for teachers

How do I create my own blog?

  • Using the Global 2 platform. Global 2 is a secure host site for Victorian teachers and their students. It is an Edublogs campus site, which means these sites are ad free and have other features not available on standard Edublogs blogs.
  • For more information, visit the Global2 website.

What if I already have a blog?

  • We would like you to fill out a Google Form to inform us on what you want to know and what you want to get out of attending the Techie Breakie sessions either this round or next

April 13, 2015
by Miss May

Round 2 – Session 1

Welcome to Techie Breakie Round 2 in 2015!

Thanks for coming along this morning. Today we will be covering 3 main areas:

  • What is a blog?
  • How to I set up my grade or year level blog?
  • What are some of the basic features of a blog?

Please see the above posts for information covering these topics. There are some activities in each of these posts for the more ‘advanced’ bloggers or for those of you who already have a blog.

Please refer back to this blog or to your handout if you would further information on the topics covered today.

March 25, 2015
by Miss May

Round 2 – Techie Breakie!

Get excited because…Techie Breakie is here again!

Due to a huge success in 2012, we will be again focusing on BLOGGING but over a shorter period. It will be a great chance to further your understanding of blogging and how it can improve teaching and learning. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there will be something for you! Especially as this year, every grade level will be using a Science blog.

Techie Breakie will take place on a Thursday morning from 8am in the staffroom.

Please read the invite below and RSVP via the comments section.

 If you are unsure of how to leave a comment, please look at the diagram below…

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