Virtual Teacher Newsletter  No 116  15th October 2005 – ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS




1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy


4. New Printables -  ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS

5. Technical Stuff – I-MAC



8. Great Sites

9.  Readers' Requests/Comments

10 Next Issue

11. Code of 'Netizens'

12. Tips


WELCOME EVERYONE. This last week has been a tricky week.

We have had to deal with tricky people, things that usually take

15 minutes, taking 3 hours, a litany of cars breaking down, traffic

delays, out of stock items urgently required, and situations

in which you find yourself doing the most amazingly crazy things

after a seemingly reasonable progression of decisions. I’m

glad it’s over.  So this week I have declared to be

Absolutely Fabulous Week.  If you would like to celebrate

Absolutely Fabulous Week, just download the print out below.



there are holes in the sky where the rain gets in,

but they're every so small that's why rain is thin


Down the stream the swans all glide:

It's quite the cheapest way to ride.

Their legs get wet, their tummies wetter:

I think after all the bus is better.


I'm not frightened of Pussy Cats

They only eat up mice and rats,

But a Hippopotamus

Could eat the Lotofus!


Education isn't everything, for a start it isn't an elephant


All above quotes by

Spike Milligan


WWWinfo FESTIVALS a searchable collection of events and festivals aroundthe world.


4. NEW PRINTABLES Absolutely Fabulous Week Print out.

Blow it up to A3 even take it to your local print shop and have

them blow it up on their plan printer to A1 size if you like.



Apple is really getting it together with their new Imac, slim line –

no box at all, including built in:-

iSight(little video camera)

wireless internet



stereo speakers


It ships with all the great Apple software – ront Row, iLife ’05

(includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand), Photo Booth, Mail,

Dashboard, Spotlight, iChat, Safari, Sherlock, QuickTime, iSync, iCal, DVD

Player, Address Book, AppleWorks, Quicken 2006 for Mac, 2006 World Book,

Nanosaur 2, Marble Blast Gold.

This package is fantastic – check it out at:-



At last a typography has been developed with dyslexia in mind.

Reading Regular treats each letter as an individual and is designed

to make reading easier for any youngster, we may well see all

children’s books in the future written using the type.

Read Regular is designed with an individual approach for

each of the individual characters, creating difference in the

actual characters of b & d itself (not mirroring the b to make the d),

to create a large character differentiation.

The character shapes are simple and clear, creating consistency.

The characters have been stripped down from all unnecessary

details –such as a two storey a and a two eyed g.



From Kindergarten to Year 12

Most digital cameras likely to be used in schools need a good amount of

light and are best used to take shots of small groups. Use a template such as the storyboard template

to plan a series of photos props and locations

use the photo vote form to vote for your favourite photo

  1. Demonstrate how the Camera Works (keep it simple)
  2. Demonstrate how to take a photo
  1. Feet apart to width of shoulders, stand firmly and still.
  2. Sun behind you.
  3. Frame your picture, and ask you subjects to freeze.
  4. Use the automatic focus on the camera, (press the shutter button about halfway down),
  5. Count to 5 before moving after you have taken the picture(stops students moving too quickly after taking the photo).
  1. Then import images into your computer using the USB cable from the camera to the computer. Remember the camera will need to be switched on.
  2. A dialogue box will appear on your screen – you can choose your option – copy to folder, open folder etc. 

Explore these options, one of the latest options is to print images – this allows you to print full sized images of all your shots (A4 or A3) direct to your printer – it will do a fit to page or to produce a proof sheet of all the photos – great.


What can you do with photos after that:-

Turn them into a PowerPoint with captions, insert  them into a word document, use them as a background image in an excel graph, use the in a movie etc. 

New research shows that, contrary to popular belief, children as young as four years old show a remarkable aptitude for photography and are perfectly capable of framing a portrait shot.

Kids Photo Projects,aid,120043,00.asp

Nature of Light

The image and the Eye

Photo History

How Cameras work

Photographers through time




Digital photography and digital video. At the Adobe Digital

Kids Club — a special site created for teachers, students,

and parents — you’ll find the essential digital photography,

video, and imaging resources you need to unleash the

creative freedom that digital media products offer.


Kodak Site

Lots of tips here – check out their 1o top tips.


Free Photoshop Elemnts Tutorials

Learn That has a wide range of FREE tutorials including photoshop



Hello cathy,

The Qld syllabus is very clear re long division in yrs 6 and 7 , it is optional and

up to the teacher's discretion  whether to teach or not according to

the student's ability. In the new syllabus which I believe is to be

intro'd next year, long division is not mentioned for primary school

at all as far as I am aware.

Thanks for your newsletters, I really enjoy them




Hi Cathy,

Advice for Sherree re.long division and regarding the show of hands you asked for...

As much as a pain long division can be, it is also ESSENTIAL for kids to have a handle on it before going into high school. "The reason?" I hear you ask.

Well the complete understanding of and confidence with long division is an absolute 

pre-requisite for division of polynomials and if a student is only able to divide large

numbers with a calculator, they become completely un-stuck when the time comes

to do large algebraic divisions as they cannot punch the letters into the calculator.

When they are learning all these new and foreign mathematics concepts in high

school they have enough new knowledge to get their heads around, so ALL the

numeracy skills with whole numbers needs to be mastered in primary - it also really

should be understood when dividing decimals (and really, I think kids should have

the power to choose to do long division, nothing should be withheld when it

comes to mathematics.)


If it's taught properly, it's not that big a deal - in fact, it's dead-set easy!


I have covered it in my upper primary MathsPOWER lessons. (5-6 and 6-7) I shall try to

get our tech. guy to email you the exact lesson for you to have a look at in the next few

days (hopefully the file won't be too big to email, as it has full sound explanations as well

as colour graphics). If it is too big, I might try to condense it or put it as one of the samples on our web-site.


Take care and CONGRATULATIONS for putting together the newsletter while moving house! Go Girl!



Felicity Tannous

Thanks Felicity


Greetings Cathy

Just to put you in the picture, we have a 'local' website established now with Australian prices as well.


Product listing

Current prices

Our sister company Connecting Point carries all matters MAC and IBM

I hope to be offering a session at ITSC-Woollongong in November on HOT ICT-Higher

Order Thinking with ICT the website for this is in preparation with a dates reminder currently listed.


by the way ..there is now an 'new improved' motion detector which now connects directly

to computer (any computer with USB!) and the software allows for direct capture

into the analysis application (iSight or webcam)

Hope to see you in Woollongong


gary bass


Dear Cathy,

You might like to visit and perhaps include the "Maths Is Fun" website on Virtual Teacher.

It has many K-12 math concepts explained in easy language,

plus puzzles, games and worksheets. It has been around for

5 years, and is reasonably popular with schools.


Rod Pierce


10. NEXT ISSUE –  I will take a look at the new breed of

iKid, and how their brains work. 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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