Virtual Teacher Newsletter  No. 105  March 26th 2005 ­  IQ EQ SQ




1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy


4. New Printables -  YELLOW HAT

5. Technical Stuff ­

6. Web Site Focus - COSMIC VIEW


8. Great Sites

9.  Readers' Requests/Comments

10 Next Issue

11. Code of 'Netizens'

12. Tips


1. WELCOME EVERYONE  I have been quite excited about

the SQ possibilities and thinking, now there is a label and a

method for making school a place we all want to be. 

Gary Bass has contributed some great sites and ideas about

data loggers. Thereıs another DeBono hat to download so

check it all out.  Let me know your great ideas, particularly

on SQ. Have a great one.


"Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies

imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite

the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or kill it off altogether..."

Luis Buneul.

quote sent in by Mrs Edwina Marks ­ thanks Edwina


"The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability

into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in

more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for

those few and far between souls who devote 100%." 

Andrew Carnargie


"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex,

and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage

-- to move in the opposite direction." Albert Einstein



Translate anything into anything else.



The yellow hat will be available for download on Wednesday.



I have had some requests again about diabolical bugs

attacking machines.

The best thing to do is to goto

download ³Spybot² Search and Destroy



as well as running Nortonıs ­ the first 2 are free Nortonıs

is an online subscription service for home computers,

DET has downloads available online for schools for free.


I have had a number of offers to schools promoting Œaffordable

computersı to teachers and students.  The computers are used

older computers mostly from government organizations, and are

of no use to anyone considering using computers on the internet

 or basically anything useful. Old technology isnıt where schools

should be.  These computers are a waste of time on both

maintenance and usage scales.  Many programs canıt be

used on them and they donıt have the capacities for any

meaningful use of the Internet.  The minimum standard for

any computer you are considering now should be  a

Pentium 4 with 512 mg RamDVD player and a CDRW. 

40gigs of memory is enough m- though 80 is better. 

Donıt accept or consider anything less.


6. WEBSITE FOCUS Garyıs Selection

COSMIC VIEW: The Universe in 40 Jumps

by Kees Boeke


here is the original...

many thanks for the VT

congratulations on the 7500th...

as to the powers of ten

a little ancient, but still relevant

is the original

however a google search on 'powers of ten' turns up quite a few imitators

the latest (and best!)



gary bass

More from Gary to follow about the history of these ideas.



There seems to be a lot of demoralization in the teaching

profession, folk have spoken about this for some time now.

Nothing new? So whatıs happening?  Meaning and purpose

are hidden motivators in schools or any organization, once

you loose these then staff and organizations become demoralized. 

Teaching as a profession, would, on the surface appear to

have great meaning and purpose, however many folk have

lost sight of this. How can you actually maintain and even

foster a sense of meaning and purpose? 


Enter SQ ­ spiritual or social quotient or intelligence, basically

it is the feeling of meaning or purpose a person derives from

the work they are doing.  Itıs not new, first coined by Sohar

and Marshall in the early 1990ıs the approach holds that IQ

and EQ are not enough, a Social or Spiritual intelligence

needs to be part of the picture.


³Those with high SQ have the capacity to question, think

creatively, change the rules, work effectively in changing

situations by playing with the boundaries, break through

obstacles and be innovative. Our SQ encourages us to

see the bigger picture, to be co-creators of the world in which we live.


Outstanding performers have high IQ, high EQ and high SQ. 

This makes them alive, dynamic, sociable and innovative.


ŒWhile IQ allows us to analyse what ³is² - the traditional

role of academia -  and EQ helps us to adapt to the world

as it changes, it is SQ that has us transform our world

into a whole new order of being.ı

excerpt from IQ, EQ and SQ Author: Margot Cairnes


In environments where there are threats, recriminations,

pettiness, poor leadership, the energy is right down,

people/students/teachers have no sense of purpose,

and are demoralized, talent will leave, this is a toxic

workplace.  In environments where employers have a

feeling or purpose and meaning in their work, where

they can be themselves, where mature  communication

styles exist or are developing, where there is an ability

to pass on information in non-aggressive, non-judgemental

ways, the environment engenders a whole feeling of

success and smart people want to work there.


Check out some ideas about SQ for both your Staff and

classroom situation.

Make your environment a place you want to be.


World Youth Network International




Operational Significant Event

High resolution details imagery of significant environmental events eg recent cyclone over Australia. Great.


Access to Australia's Culture and Recreation

Culture and Recreation Portal

The national conference about culture, new media and eBusiness



Dear Cathy,

Lots of good ideas again - thankyou.

I'm hoping that you might be able to put me in the right direction

with regard to instructions on 'FRONTPAGE' so that I can instruct

students on how to create a web page and me for that matter. 

I am endeavouring to use it as a means for the students to

present information for year 9 Geography in NSW.

Hope you can help,

Regards  Meredith Mackenzie


Hi Meredith,

Some online FREE tutorials/Demos

Beginner and advanced tutorials

here's a site full of webpages that just donıt cut it. Look an learn what

not to do in web design.


Good day and thank you to all the clever and helpful people on this

site. I am 52 yrs old and have decided to change careers.

Cert 111 Teachers Assist to start, and boy has this made

my life easier so much info, so much to learn, so many

challenges.Its great to be able to access up to date information.

Does anyone Know of any schools that have Snoozle Rooms- as I like to call them respite rooms,Therapy rooms,Relaxarama areas?Would

appreciate any info

thank you once again



Can anyone suggest anything for Toni.


Dear Cathy,

Thank you so much for the printable white hat and blue hat from De Bono's

thinking hats.  Where can we get the other coloured hats?




Hi Jenni,


Other hats to follow in next newsletters - send in any lessons plans you have developed on them.  did you try blowing the hats up to A1 size at your local plan printer. A sneak preview for next newsletter is the yellow hat at


More from Gary


it was robin hirst's book our place in space...illustrated by roland harvey

robin was my first year physics lecturer at melbourne science education in mid 70s...later he was head of museum and planetarium in melbourne

the sci(ed) degree was a four year dedicated science teacher qualification

only ran for a few years 12 i think...1200 teachers went through

they(we) are represented out of all proportions when you recognise how many are (still) in the department and very (very) active with curriculum design and re-design

victoria has a 'new' approach recently announced the 'essential learning standards'...VELS is the new acronym..horrible..but everyone needs a shorter reference point

VELS seems to be a 'best of' the Qld and Tasmanian attempts at refocussing and revamping curriculum into a process of life long learning

the thinking and personal are a big part of the 'new' direction..not so new for some


the continuous improvement(QIS-quality in schools) model is inherent and embedded as well as an action research basis for teachers to pursue...most likely as part of their performance and development plan (P&D) for the science/maths data stuff...many new devices and simpler have a look at


also after our physics day where over 2000 students from 120 schools went to Luna Park and took in the rides..with data logging..results (and movies) can be found at http;//

now organising a year 10 and a year 8 day for later in the year

also we (AIP victoria education sub  ctee) hope to develop 'playground physics' for the primary school as a preparation for data logging..and going to luna park

regards again


kia ora Cathy

Thanks for all this gary ­ the luna park data logging ­ I want to come.


We have just released a summary of where we see education heading in the

21st C and we are making a summary of this (35pp) available at no cost to

educators globally as a discussion document. Have a read of the attached and

if you feel it is worthwhile you may wish to let your readers know and they

can obtain this (free) if they e-mail us at All the best

for your work


ka kite ano

Mark Treadwell


Knowledge Networks (Thinking & Knowledge Environments)

Teachers@work (web site reviews and ICT advice)

i-Learnt (Mark Treadwell's online notes)


this is great


Hi Cathy,

In the last VT email a subscriber asked -

³Any ideas where the site is that lets you go from a backyard

until you are up in the galaxy and then down again?

I had it a few years ago and lost it - very interesting Thanks

for all your work on this great site.

Warm regards, Kath²


I too had lost the link but searched and found it (the key words

to remember being ³power of ten²) ­ great for maths and

science lessons.

Here it is -

I love your emails. Thanks for the work you put in.


Judy Miller

Happy Valley Schools


 Thaks Judy


10.     NEXT ISSUE ­ More de bono hats ­ so send in your

great ideas particularly lesson plans.

Ciao Cathy


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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