Virtual Teacher Newsletter  No. 117  29th October 2005 - iKIDS




1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy

3. WWWinfo Whales

4. New Printables -  PICTURE PLAN

5. Technical Stuff – G5 QUAD

6. Web Site Focus – KING KONG


8. Great Sites

9.  Readers' Requests/Comments

10 Next Issue

11. Code of 'Netizens'

12. Tips


  1. WELCOME EVERYONE. iKids - today’s kids use ipods, iMacs,

mobile phones, wikis, blogs, chatrooms, listen to music, TV, play

video games and usually all at the same time. What’s more

they seem to be able to micromanage this bombardment of media

while doing homework assignments and conducting conversations

as if they were born to it.  Well they were.  And it’s up to us, the

educators to take advantage of this new world order and provide

stimulating activities using the technologies students are

already familiar with.  How do they manage it, how is it possible?

Well it’s all about the brain and we are finally letting the  right

brain genie out of the bottle. And this should be fantastic.



Can you guess which of the following are true and which

are false?

1. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up

 in the morning.

2. Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a belly button.

3. A pack-a-day smoker will lose approximately 2 teeth every

10 years.

4. People do not get sick from cold weather; it's from being

indoors a lot more.

5. When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop, even your heart!

6. Only 7 per cent of the population are lefties.

7. Forty people are sent to the hospital for dog bites every


8. Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until

they are 2-6 years old.

9. The average person over 50 will have spent 5 years waiting

in lines.

10. The toothbrush was invented in 1498.

11. The average housefly lives for one month.

12. 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year.

13. A coat hanger is 44 inches long when straightened.

14. The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute.

15. Your feet are bigger in the afternoon than any other time

of day.

16. Most of us have eaten a spider in our sleep.

17. The REAL reason ostriches stick their head in the sand is to

search for water.

18. The only two animals that can see behind themselves without

turning their heads are the rabbit and the parrot.

19. John Travolta turned down the starring roles in "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Tootsie."

20. Michael Jackson owns the rights to the South Carolina State


21. In most television commercials advertising milk, a mixture

of white paint and a little thinner is used in place of the milk.

22. Prince Charles and Prince William NEVER travel on the

same airplane, just in case there is a crash.

23. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle built in 1903 used

a tomato can for a carburettor.

24. Most hospitals make money by selling the umbilical cords

cut from women who give birth. They are used in vein transplant surgery.

25. Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana. They

were 7th cousins.

26. If colouring weren't added to Coca-Cola, it would be green.


Answers below...

They are all TRUE.... Now go back and think about #16!!!


3. WWWinfo Whale Migration in Australia

Great map shows migration in Australia on a month by month

basis, great Whale and info on individual species.





Dual-core, quad-core

Introducing the dual-core PowerPC G5 processor: one

silicon chip with two independent processor cores. Take

two of those dual-core chips and you have the groundbreaking

Power Mac G5 Quad. You can manipulate mountains of

images or miles of footage, crunch enormous data sets,

encode video or music and more — all at speeds you

never imagined possible.

Workstation graphics arrive

The new lineup of advanced PCI Express graphics cards

from NVIDIA delivers cutting-edge capabilities and support

for up to two displays, including the 30-inch Apple Cinema HD.

 Need more horsepower? Then upgrade to NVIDIA's Quadro

 FX 4500 workstation graphics for industrial-strength animation,

stereo 3D visualization and much more. It can even power

two 30-inch Cinema HD displays.


Up to 69% faster for creative applications

Quad-core processing means more 64-bit resources for

enormous performance gains. See how the Power Mac G5 Quad

 compares to our fastest dual-processor model in both

creative and technical applications.



Here is the ultimate movie making education package.

It's current, uses state of the art techniques and it's hugely interesting.

Click into the Peter Jackson Production Diaries and view the

Production Diary videos.

 from the last week of the shoot through the creation of sound

effects, lighting, models, special effects, yes they are using

Andy Serkis again and motion capture.  Digital Doubles

14 weeks to go, Skull island miniature 17 weeks to go.

Who was Meridian Cooper, read Kong, King of Skull Island,

history of King, posters etc.



How do our multi-tasking iKids cope, how do they listen to

music, watch TV, use ichat, finish homework assignments

and chat on the phone and make it all work?? Something

really interesting is happening here, they are tapping into

the vast resources of the right brain.  The right brain perceives

things simultaneously, takes in whole images at a glance,

it responds to non-verbal cues, and can multi-task. Does this

sound like the iKids?  The left brain deals with the majority of

linear, sequential mental processes, like logic, reason, algebra,

doing taxes and of course reading.


Historically we humans spent about 6 million years doing a

great deal of right brain development.  Right brain visual

communication, interpreting body language, learning a first

language, understanding facial expressions, is as natural as

breathing for all humans. And we have spent a great deal of

time developing our right brains, it wasn’t until 6 minutes to

midnight, so to speak, that the invention of writing and

mathematical symbols began to influence the thinking of the

majority of humans.  It is really only in the last 3,500 years

that alphabets began to be used, and really only in the last

70 years when education became universal.  Humans were

not really prepared for all this left brain education, involving

literacy, mathematical symbols, and linear progression.

And the dominance of this type left brain functions leaves

the vast right brain resource untapped.


With the advent of the camera, film, television, computers

over the last 200 years there has been a colossal shift and

we are again tapping into the vast resources of the right brain. 

This seems to me to have escalated over the last 10 years

with computers, and electronic devices becoming more prolific.


This is huge, this is really exciting, learning is about to explode,

our iKids are already well along the road with their multi-tasking,

multi-sensory, non-linear techniques.


Think where learning and thinking may go when we can harness

the power of both our right and left brains.

Read more

Visually Speaking Article form Edutopi




See Books by Leonardo Da Vinci, Jane Austen’s earliest work,

the oldest printed book, the original Alice, and other rare books

at this site.  You can view the original work, turn the pages,

magnify, and have a translation and audio track as well. 

This is a Brilliant resouce.


This site puts the talents and knowledge of philosophers

at the service of the general public. Send in a question

that you think might be related to philosophy and we will

do our best to respond to it. To date, there have been

355 questions posted and 463 responses



Enchanted Learning Zoom: Whales

Enchanted Learning has dozens of whale information pages

and printable whale activities for elementary grades. Visit for

quick facts useful for a school project, or for fun activities such

as Beluga Connect the Dots, First Grade Addition/Subtraction

Whale Puzzlers, and Whale Word Hunts.


Howstuffworks: How Whales Work

From the adaptations that make it possible for these huge

mammals to spend their entire life in water, to the current

status of whaling regulation and conservation, Howstuffworks

really covers whales. You can navigate from page to page, or

use the Table

 of Contents (at the top of each page) to jump around.



Hi Cathy,

I LOVE your concept of "Absolutely Fabulous" week - very clever!




Hello Cathy,


When locating Newsletters that I felt would be of interest to

my sister (who happens to be a teacher) I found Virtual Teacher.


Found your information so interesting I subscribed and thank

you for all the information and sites that I have shown my children.


(Sorry if I have used the wrong terms)


My question is two fold. My sister will be teaching a blind

child in Kindergarten next year along with 24 other children in

a main stream classroom. Could you suggest any sites that

would be of interest?


In looking at main streaming children that are deaf of blind,

I have found our library collection lacking and would appreciate

any suggestions on publishers or books (Braille etc.) that would

provide information or examples for our teaching students.

We have started with our lecturers and the Blind Society.




Tracie Walker

Library Assistant

Charles Sturt University/Bathurst Library




Hi Cathy

I started a forum for Australia's estimated 200 travel and tourism

teachers at

It is early days yet, but we do have 39 members and are

growing slowly.

I would like to put a cut and paste of your latest virtual teacher

newsletter in the online learning forum and I'm wondering if you

would consider giving me permission to do so?

Please feel free to have a look at


Graham Baglin

Principal teacher

Brisbane North Institute of TAFE


10. NEXT ISSUE -  Christmas resources, send in your ideas.

Have a great one 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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