This is a prezi made by the NSW teacher Barbara Schaffer. A heartfelt thanks to her generosity that enabled me to embed her prezi on this blog.
This is an excerpt from the blogED FAQs: What is a blog, who can use blogED?
1. What is a blog?
A blog (an abbreviation of weblog) is a personal website, organised like a diary or journal, which shows the author’s most recent additions first. It enables the author to write regular entries expressing their view of events. Depending on the permission levels set for blogED, the readers (audience) of the blog are able to create a ‘post’ to a blog or ‘comment’ on a post.
2. Why is DET providing blogED?
BlogED provides opportunities for teachers to create blogs to use with their students in a safe environment through the DET portal. BlogED blogs are easy to set up with teachers able to access students, groups and teachers within their school or in TAFE. BlogED is supported through standard DET IT services.
3. How can I stay updated on news and development of blogED?
Current information about blogED is available from the Learning Systems Support intranet site, the Connected Classrooms Program Bulletin, the Connected Classrooms intranet site and latest release notes from the Learn More panel on your blogED dashboard.
4. Who can set up a blog?
All DET staff provided with access to blogED will be able to set up blogs for staff and students within their school .
5. How do I get access to blogED?
Schools: Teachers who would like to create blogs using blogED will require access to the Learning Tools tab from their DET portal. This tab will appear within 24 hours of the Principal giving access to the teacher to blogED through the Access Management Utility (AMU). Principals can request access to LT – Learning Tools in AMU by emailing blogED_access@det.nsw.edu.au.
6. How do my students get access to blogED?
Once a teacher creates a blog and adds students, the students will be able to access blogED through their DET or TAFE student portal.
7. Can I use blogED at all locations where I teach?
Access to blogED is only available either at one school location for each teacher . Teachers who have already been given access to one school location, you cannot be authorised access to blogED at any other school location . Teachers who do not own any active blogs it may able to change the location or sector for which they are approved. Access to multiple locations will be available in a future release.
Schools: When a teacher works at more than one school, and is approved by a Principal for blogED access via AMU, that school becomes the teacher’s default location for blogED access. If a Principal at another school where the teacher also works subsequently uses AMU to approve blogED access for the teacher in their school, the teacher will receive an email informing them that approval has failed for the subsequent school.
8. Can I have more than one blog?
There are no limitations on the number of blogs a teacher can create.
9. What kind of blogs can I set up?
Class teachers in school can use blog types to create a Class blog, an individual Student blog, a Batch of student blogs or an Other blog with selected individuals or groups.
School teachers who are not assigned a specific class in ERN, can create blogs for a class, for an individual student or for selected individuals or groups using the blog type Other.
Roll or subject classes can be accessed in blogED. The membership of these classes or groups is managed from enrolment data (ERN in schools ). Any changes to enrolment data in ERN will automatically be made to the blog Authors or Members if the automatic class has been added to the blog.