Virtual Teacher Newsletter  No 115  23rd September 2005 - ADDICTED




1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy

3. WWWinfo Google Earth

4. New Printables -  Enagage the Brain

5. Technical Stuff – ADSL & ADSL2

6. Web Site Focus - Orisinal

7. Engage the Brain

8. Great Sites

9.  Readers' Requests/Comments

10 Next Issue

11. Code of 'Netizens'

12. Tips



I have a confession to make – I am addicted to chemical

substances.  Not only that, I am the dealer, I have access to

a huge number of chemical substances that can send me into

a euphoric state almost instantaneously. 

Thus began my AIS Conference seminar. The AIS Conference

this year, was held at Barker College, Hornsby, a beautiful college.

And was a resounding success, with about 200 delegates

sharing and developing ideas on ICT.

I have had a hectic few weeks, moving house, speaking at

the AIS Conference and the end of term.

I also saw the Musical, The Producers, great show,

great performances, snappy smart, well written, loved it.

Have a great holiday.



The Doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest

his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the

cause and prevention of disease.

Thomas Edison


The Teacher of the future will use no textbooks, but will inspire

students to learn, to develop thinking skills, initiate learning

and ask questions.

Cathy Brown


Max Bialystock:

You're an accountant. You're in a noble profession. The word

"count" is part of your title.


It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a

thought without accepting it.



The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with truths for

which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life.

Ernest Renan


  1. WWWinfo Google Earth

If you haven’t checked this out yet  go take a look, it’s amazing.

Look at hurrican Katrina highlights, check out your house,

zzzoooom in from outerspace to almost any place on the


The ruins of a lost Roman villa was spotted with the help

of Google Earth and Google Maps, a serendipitous discovery

that had archeologists on the scene minutes later.






ADSL2 is coming – faster internet, downloadable movies,

we move closer to video on demand and less frustration.

Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) is a form of DSL,

a data communications technology that enables faster data

transmission over copper telephone lines than a conventional

modem can provide.

A newer variant called ADSL2 provides higher downstream

rates of up to 12 Mbit/s


I wonder if you look someone up on Dumbfind and locate

information about them, if you can say they were Dumbfounded?

Maybe not. Anyway, Dumbfind offers keyword searching, just like

other search engines do.

Below the keyword box, Dumbfind has placed a topics box.

This lets the user define context for the search, rather than

trusting the search engine to divine it from a single search

term. Adding words to a query to get better results isn't a

new idea; people just put all the terms in a single box on

sites like Yahoo or Google now.

The site says it is a beta 3 version.



Are you looking for some free online games that are a bit less

commercial, easy to access, not so violent, that the students enjoy?

Then this site might just be it.

In calming pastels  Take a look at the old experiments at the

bottom as well. interesting for buddy flash animators, a joy

for gamers, and a delight for teachers.




A PO Session


I have a confession to make – I am addicted to chemical substances.  Not only that, I am the dealer, I have access to a huge number of chemical substances that can send me into a euphoric state almost instantaneously.  And they are free.


Every time I think, my neurones fire  & I release a huge number of chemicals into my brain.  The more thinking I do the more chemicals I release.


My brain makes a huge number of chemicals including its own marijuana type compounds, natural compounds called endocannabinoids.

Marijuana just happens to resemble the endocannabinoids enough to activate the cannabinoid receptors in the brain, but not my brain, I use the stuff I can produce myself for free.



Thinking makes me feel great, it’s my drug of choice, there is nothing quite like a crystal clear mind engaged in thinking, conversation, writing, art, mathematics or science.  It’s a joy to be in here.


Read the rest of the Conference Paper here:-




PIZZAZ Creative Writing Ideas

PIZZAZ! is dedicated to providing simple creative writing

and oral storytelling activities with copyable (yes, copyable!)

handouts for use with students of all ages.




Please consider the following site for addition to your newsletter:

Hurricane Katrina Resources for Educators, free from EdGate

I am associated with the site.

Thank you,



Rich Street

Project Manager

EDucation GATEways LP LLLP



Hi Cathy,


I thought I would pass this on. I just did a search of my inbox, looking

for a recent email from my boss where he replied to something I had sent

him with a single word "Brilliant"   So I did a search on the word

Brilliant, and it found the said email, two other unrelated emails and

10 past VT Newsletters! I thought you would be interested to know what a

positive tone your Newsletters have.

Keep up the good work



Peter Niass

National Education Manager

OZIntell Pty Ltd


Thanks Peter – I think I did it again this newsletter.


Hi Cathy,

I have been receiving your emails for some time and have

forgotten how I can access virtual teacher archives.

Could you please give me a quick email on this.

Thanks, Elizabeth.


Just goto

A link to this is on the directory page.


Hi Cathy,

I'm a mother looking for help with long division.  Rather than impart my

patchy knowledge on to my 11yr-old daughter I thought I'd ask an expert.

I attended a parent interview last week & was informed Samantha's Yr6 class

work was very good overall, but she needed to get to the bottom of Long


"But don't stress too much", I was told, "she still has another year till

she gets to High School to learn it".

Therefore, if you can put me on the right path I would be most appreciative.

Kind regards,


(Gold Coast)



Please send in your advise for Sherree.  I actually believe no

11 year should be doing long division – let’s boot it

out of the curriculum now – can I have a show of hands???

In the meantime here’s a few helpful sites.


Hi Cathy,

Congratulations on maintaining such a high standard over

such a period of time. I look forward to receiving your newsletter

as the quality of the content is always concise, thought provoking

& valuable !



Greg Alchin

Dip Tch, GDip Computer Based learning, GDip Career Education

Director - ideate

Teacher  - Information Software and Technology


"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary

 ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong

end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to

laugh at life's realities." Dr. Seuss


10.  NEXT ISSUE – I’ll be having a couple of weeks break

over the school holidays and then looking at Picture Me.

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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