Virtual Teacher Newsletter  No. 114  September 3rd 2005 - IBW




1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy


4. New Printables -  HOW WRITER’S WRITE NOE

5. Technical Stuff - TIME

6. Web Site Focus – SIMPLE MACHINES

7. IBW

8. Great Sites

9.  Readers' Requests/Comments

10 Next Issue

11. Code of 'Netizens'

12. Tips


1. WELCOME EVERYONE. Thanks to everyone who wrote

in about Interactive White Boards.  There are some fantastic

links – extremely comprehensive covering everything from

This week I attended the Sydney Region Drama Festival

at the Seymour Centre. Lots of great performances from

many different schools – how wonderful to give students

the opportunity to perform on a professional stage.  And the

best part was, it wasn’t a competition, nobody won, everyone

performed in a professional theatre environment and that

was the prize. My daughter was exhilarated by the experience,

it’s a pity this young talent has no where to go after High School.

Regular attendance at the theatre in NSW has decreased

alarming. The Producers, a fantastic show is closing in October,

due to falling audiences. So get out and see more theatre,

so our young talent can use their talent.  If as many people

attended sporting venues attended Arts Venues we’d have

a knock out industry for all our knock out young talent.



There is nothing that is a more certain sign of insanity than

to do the same thing over and over and expect the

results to be different. Albert Einstein


Anybody can direct, but there are only eleven good writers.

Mel Brooks


Every human being has hundreds of separate people

living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability

to give them their separate names, identities, personalities

and have them relate to other characters living with him.

Mel Brooks


Look, I don't want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if

you're alive you've got to flap your arms and legs, you've

got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death,

and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully,

or you're not alive.

Mel Brooks


3. WWWinfo

Hugely comprehensive art resource


4. NEW PRINTABLES - How Writer’s Writer’s Now



Time, an Old Technology creating new problems.

Learning in America is a prisoner of time. For the past 150

years, American public schools have held time constant and

let learning vary. The rule, only rarely voiced, is simple:

Learn what you can in the time we make available.

It should surprise no one that some bright, hard-working

students do reasonably well. Everyone else -- from the

typical student to the dropout -- runs into trouble.

Download the pdf and read it to everyone in the staffroom.



This website uses animation to demonstrate simple machines

and also introduces formulas. It deals with identify type of simple

machines and the type of work they do.

Try a webquest on Rub Goldberg and describe 6 simple machines.

This is a series of experiments about simple machines:

levers, wheels and inclined planes. This unit was designed

for use in the third grade.


7. IBW Interactive White Boards

Hi Cathy

On my website

I have links to some

information and resources for interactive whiteboards

 - and a link to

Time resources that may be useful for your next edition.


Sue Lemmer

Deputy Principal

Mawson Lakes School


Congratulations Sue, this is a truly amazing site – the resources

on Whiteboards are really comprehensive.


Hi Cathy,

Here's a couple of links to peruse for your next VT issue

about interactive whiteboards. They are all links that I have

on my Simply Science FURL at

IWBnet This is your one stop Australian based portal to

obtain direction and support on the implementation of

your IWB program.

INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARDS Has links to some of the

other main IWB suppliers.>IWB

Links An interesting set of IWB links from Tony Poulter

in the UK.

Cyberchase . Games Central | PBS Kids A number of flash

animated games from the American Public Broadcasting

Service. They range across a number of topics including

aspects of measurement and logic problems.

Teachers' Domain: Multimedia Resources Teachers'

Domain is a multimedia digital library for K-12 teachers

and students. You'll find an extensive collection of

classroom-ready resources, as well as media-rich lesson

plans and professional development resources. Each

resource is catalogued by grade level and correlated to

national and state standards.

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives This site has

a whole host of interactives. All are java based.

eChalk: free interactive resources for whole-class teaching 

The UK eChalk company was commissioned to undertake flash

and website development projects such as these for use with

interactive whiteboards. Topics include maths, english and science.

National Whiteboard Network A UK site designed to help

teachers using interactive whiteboards. It includes lots of

resources if you can find them. It has been developed to

support all interactive whiteboard users with a wide range

of resources, guidance and the opportunity to share resources.

ICT Advice - Technology - Presentation technology –

The benefits of an interactive whiteboard Heaps of

information on Interactive whiteboards including: What

is the Interactive Whiteboards project? How to use your

interactive whiteboard effectively. Finding and using

appropriate digital resources with an interactive whiteboard.

How to choose an interactive whiteboard. Interactive

whiteboards glossary


This is an online community where resources and ideas can

be shared with educators worldwide. It has Lesson Activities,

Software Resources, Research Reports, Web Resources,

Professional Development, How To's.

SMART Support home The home of SMART boards contains

all the latest information for teachers interested in using

SMART interactive whiteboards.

Intro to Smartboard Interactive Whiteboards The purpose

of this module is to introduce you to learning strategies for

engaging your learners using interactive whiteboards. The

module is designed to help you understand the importance

of actively engaging learners in their educational experiences,

and provide examples of how the interactive whiteboard can

be an effective learning tool that enhances understanding

and knowledge retention. The module also introduces you

to the basic operating features of interactive whiteboards

and assists you in developing quality, technology-enhanced

instruction in blended and online learning environments

that engages your learners by addressing varied learning



 You might also like to check in at my Interactive Whiteboard

Blog where I am blogging my experiences with the board

in my room at


John Pearce


 WOW John - amazing amount of info this is so informative –

covers everything.


Hi Cathy

Love the newsletters! Interactive Whiteboards is going to

be a really hot topic in Victorian schools as it's the latest

government big technology spend. Our primary school has

just had them put into all of our units by the department

and we are all gazing at them both longingly and anxiously

not daring to touch them until we are fully trained.

I'd be interested in stuff, even just about the potential of these amazing machines!




Fiona – there’s so much to read here should satisfy and excite.


 Mr P's SMART Board at



Calculus Applets


Simply Science at

Site updates at

New Links at




HI Cathy,

Thanks so much for the information on the Gutenberg

E-Books and the Cern site. It really amazes me how

you keep one-step-ahead of everything: scientifically,

mathematically, creatively and educationally.

Seems just like yesterday I was reading about the first steps

in printing via the Gutenberg press. From Industrial revolution

to the cyber revolution ...

THANK YOU for being an inspiration!



Hi Cathy,

Victorian teachers have had some information about

registering for Commonwealth Games educational activities

but I don't know how widely it's been advertised interstate

and in commonwealth countries.

Some aspects of the program are just for Victorian schools but there is

an Art4Athletes collection to be given to games athletes which is open

to all Australian schools and a school2school program that the

organisers would like commonwealth schools to register for to be matched

with Australian schools.

There is a downloadable Ezine on the site for schools to find out what

others are doing and get ideas. It is around 1MB in pdf form, a little

less in Word form.

It would be great if more schools got involved.

Loved the stuff from CERN!


Robin Vargo


Web page to register for the Commonwealth Games

education programs

Robin Vargo



I'd be interested in whiteboard/ interactive things. I have a

Mimio system, (portable gismo on whiteboard) which, due

to my isolation , (despite being in Sydney ) has not been

well supported. There is a web site attached to this with

teacher programs from the states.  The Kookaburra people

seem to have loads of relevant maths activities for touchpad,

but I don't have access to this, so I'd be interested in

what others have in relation to interactive whiteboard work.



10.   NEXT ISSUE What are the primary aims of education?

What are we actually trying to achieve??? Please send in your thoughts.

Have a good one. ciao Cathy

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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

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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


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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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