Virtual Teacher Newsletter  No. 102  5th February 2005 ­ MOODLE POODLE




1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy

3. WWWinfo

4. New Printables -  Text Types

5. Technical Stuff - G4 & Netscape 6.1 & Blender

6. Web Site Focus - Outer Space

7. Better Bookweek Links

8. Great Sites

9.  Readers' Requests/Comments

10 Next Issue

11. Code of 'Netizens'

12. Tips


1. WELCOME EVERYONE. For the first 3 days of the holidays

I watched ŒLord of the Rings¹ in all it¹s extended glory, with behind

the scenes and extended scenes from the trilogy boxed set.

Fantastic.  What an insight into filmmaking, the story, Tolkien,

and the world of middle earth. A truly educational inspiring

product, if you ever have a lazy 3 days, a brilliant way to

spend them. 

What¹s a Moodle? Watch out there may be

one near you.

HDV is a new economical way to bring high

quality filmmaking to film students, first installment below.

Have a great first term,  please enjoy.



Birthdays are good for you, the more you have the longer you live.


 "Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you

as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens

to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens."

 - John Homer Miller.

"Within two decades, most of the world's knowledge will be digitized

and available, one hopes for free reading on the Internet, just as

there is free reading in libraries today."

MICHAEL KELLER, Stanford U head librarian.


The software of human thinking is based on information, analysis

and judgement. This is excellent just as the front left wheel of a

motorcar is excellent - but not enough - Edward DeBono


3. WWWinfo International Year

2005: International Year of...

10-December -2004


The United Nations General Assembly designates each year as "International Year of..." Often, a year may have more than one designation.

2005 has been designated as all three of the following:

International Year of Sport and Physical Education

International Year of Microcredit

International Year of Physics

In 2005, the UNV staff that manages the Online Volunteering service will make a special effort to highlight online volunteering opportunities that relate to the themes of these International Year designations. We also encourage organizations who host online volunteers via our service to consider creating assignments specifically-relating to these International Years.

of Physics - to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's  'events'.

International Year of  Planet Earth

International Year of Sport and Physical Education

The International Year of Microcredit 2005.



79 Page PDF Moodle HowTo




MOODLE is an open source e-learning platform. It has a relatively large‹and rapidly growing‹user base.


Moodle is a course management system (CMS)‹a software package designed to help educators create quality online courses. Such e-learning systems are sometimes also called Learning Management Systems (LMS), Virtual Learning Environments (VLE), education via computer-mediated communication (CMC) or Online Education.


IBM Global Services has won a $6 million contract to supply wireless

networks to Victoria's Department of Education and Training (DET).


IBM's integration services division, IBM-Logicalis, was expected to install

9,000 Cisco wireless access points in 1600 Victorian primary and secondary

schools across the state.


"The Department of Education & Trainingís 802.11g wireless network will be

the largest of its kind in the Asia Pacific region," IBM-Logicalis

executive Simon Walsh said.


The Victorian Department of Education said it hoped that the wireless

networks would relieve some "technical overheads" its teachers faced,

leaving them more time for students.


According to IBM Global Services, its integration company is scheduled to

commence rolling out the network in February, with completion by mid-2006.

IBM-Logicalis was formed in March last year after IBM acquired the

Australia and New Zealand arm of Logicalis Group for $88.5 million.,7204,12006207%5E15306%5E%5Enbv%5E,00.html


Just a quick note from Linda,  to let you know about some new updates which have been released, free web updates for existing users of Inspiration 7 and Kidspiration 2.


Kidspiration¨ 2.1

Inspiration¨ 7.6


New updates extend the use of Inspiration and kidspiration with the new technologies being used in the classroom.


For interactive whiteboards

Shape and handwriting recognition make it possible to sketch symbols and links as well as write text directly on the whiteboard. Toolbars may be moved to the bottom of the screen for easy access by all students. See a QuickTime¨ movie of new capabilities in Kidspiration and Inspiration. Click here if you need to install QuickTime.

For Palm-PoweredT handhelds

Sync to and from Inspiration¨ for Palm OS¨, the handheld tool to develop ideas and organize thinking.

For Tablet PCs and Wacom¨ Tablets

Shape and handwriting recognition make it possible to sketch symbols and links as well as write text directly on the tablet with a stylus.


PLUS! Kidspiration 2.1 now supports Maxâs Toolbox..


Included in the Kidspiration 2.1 update is one-click transfer to Maxâs Toolbox where students can finalize their writing projects.


Get complimentary updates if you are currently using Kidspiration 2 or Inspiration 7 and higher.

Go to:-




Make sure the International English Version is selected from the update screen as that is the version that we supply schools with.

If  you want more information or pricing for Inspiration, Kidspiration, Max's Toolbox or the Wacom tablets, Edsoft can help you with all of these products and my contact details are below.


Linda Zugai


Director Business Development (K-12)


Also register your school for the Partners in Training Program, the

program that assists schools with professional development. Maximise the returns from your software purchases.


6. WEBSITE FOCUS ­ HDV ­ What¹s it all about?


One of the truly great developments in the digital media world is

arguably the advent of HDV, now what is HDV I hear you ask.

HDV is a "consumer high-definition video format"

Basically, HDV produces high definition pictures and just like

HDTV it has about twice the horizontal resolution of standard DV or

TV pictures. These pictures are recorded on existing standard DV

format digital videocassettes, the most popular of which is the

Mini-DV. The recordings can be output for editing, via FireWire,

to any computer with an editing program and then sent back to

the camera for recording on tape or processed in the computer

for DVD output. HDV pictures are native 16:9 (widescreen) digital

and can be edited on a range of popular software such as

Apples Final Cut Express (Mac) or Uleads media studio Pro (PC).

One of the first to release a camera in this format is Sony

(one of the consortium of manufactures who developed HDV)

I¹ll be reviewing the new Sony HVR-FX1 and it¹s big brother the

HVR-Z1P in a later issue, but as an indication of the impact this

format will bring to the table, I¹ll quote my husband film industry

veteran Producer & Director of Photography Geoffrey Brown.

³ This HDV camcorder (Sony HVR-Z1P) is going to trigger the

 next revolution in affordable video production, just like the

Sony VX-1000 did nearly a decade ago. Its history repeats itself²



You just have to take days to explore this site thoroughly.

It has a great search engine so it is easy to access. Here¹s a

few of my favourites:

The Sky at Night offers downloadable videos of programs on a

variety of topics. Topics include Star Death, Star birth and the

Transit of Venus.



Schools Vikings ­ 7-11






Hot Potatoes

Get it at


Official Amelia Earhart Site

Created on behalf of Earhart's family, this official site is excellent in content, design, and navigation. Of course there is an Earhart biography, but don't stop there. Other highlights include a nice collection of quotes ("Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace." ), a photo gallery, and screensavers and wallpaper (listed under Downloads.)


National Geographic: Egypt Pyramids

Laid out in a timeline from first pyramid to last, this National Geographic site makes excellent use of multimedia to explore the pyramids individually, and place them within historical context. When visiting each pyramid page, place your mouse over the photo of the pyramid to view a diagram of its internal structure. Most of the eight featured pyramids also have additional photos available on the Images button in the upper right-hand corner.


More Logger ideas a fantastic and comprehensive site.




Should your comment about the pyramids have referred to

"Howard Carter" not Carver?

Thanks for your great work.


Dr. Alan Angwin

Preschool Field Officer - DHS Eastern Region


Yes of course.  Howard Carver is a Butcher


Hi, Cathy,

Thanks for putting me back on the VT list.  You are really doing a

fabulous job, and the newsletter gets better with every issue! 

With each, I find great information and resources that can be

applied to my curriculum.

I am going to be teaching my students how to do a Power Point

presentation.  When I attempted to get into the site you'd provided,

for some reason it wouldn't come up.  Might I impose upon you

to attach and resend the information to me?  Thank you!

Hoping this finds you enjoying the upcoming holidays and your

lovely family.  I'm looking forward to hearing from you again.


Best to all,

Nancy S-G

Hope you received the email with the attachment Nancy ­

Goodluck with the PowerPoints.


10.   NEXT ISSUE -  Debono revisited and You Oughta

be in Pixels. Send in your experiences with the Thinking Hats

­ and any great ideas.




11. Code of the 'Netizens'

This Newsletter is not free, despite the misleading advertising

above. The Fee is now due. Each week you must help one

colleague on the Internet who has less knowledge than you.

Help that person even if you have to visit their classroom or

do a little research and get back to them. Trust me, this will

help a lot of people get their computer classrooms running better.

OK I'm trusting you!!!


12. TIPS

1. Double click on highlighted URLS to open in browser.

2. Send in your Questions, Questions will be published with

Answers, send in your Answers, if you have expertise to share.

3. Nominate a brilliant site for review and inclusion in this


4. Nominate a fantastic school site for review and inclusion in

this newsletter.

5. Make contact with other schools using fantastic programs.

6. Prepare and innovative article for this newsletter.

7. Tell 2 colleagues about this newsletter.


The opinions expressed here are purely those of the editor,

Cathy Brown. All other small print clauses apply. Such as:

Use at your own risk. Nothing in life is guaranteed. If it doesn't

work for you send me an email.

Editor: cathy brown


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