Virtual Teacher Newsletter  No. 121 February  18th – MOZART 250TH




1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy


4. New Printables -  WINTER OLYMPICS

5. Technical Stuff – ADOBE & KAHOOTZ

6. Web Site Focus – WINTER OLYMPICS


8. Great Sites – BRAIN GYM

9.  Readers' Requests/Comments

10 Next Issue

11. Code of 'Netizens'

12. Tips


1. WELCOME EVERYONE  A busy start to the year as usual,

this year I intend to do everything I plan – so I am planning

fewer things, and selecting only the best ideas. You may have

noticed an increase in Mozart mentionings, this year is the

250th anniversary of his birth.  There will be so much on,

from Mozart chocolates, music and performances to well,

Legs on the Wall. Don’t miss out, plan to put something

Mozart on your schedule.  The Winter Olympics has been

spectacular, love the figure skating, love the snowboarding,

check out the latest info at the websites below.  Plan a year

this year that will be thrilling for you charges as well as for

you.  Please let me know if anyone manages a fully funded

trip to Salzburg. Have a great fortnight.



`There is no expedient  to which a man will not go to avoid the

real labour of thinking.” Thomas Edison


Find out who you are and do it on purpose. random T- Shirt 


“Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both

together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that

is the soul of genius.”

 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart quotes


“I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame.

I simply follow my own feelings.”

 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart quotes





Winter Olympics Coloring Pages



Adobe Events


Graphic Ideas by Vince Frost

Sydney Opera House Exhibition Hall 7 January - 12 March 2006

Proudly supported by Adobe


In a world first, Object Gallery presents a major retrospective of

internationally acclaimed designer Vince Frost. Frost*bite:

graphic ideas by Vince Frost is a frank and open account of Frost's

work over more than a decade: the good, the bad and the ones

that got away. This inspirational exhibition provides a true

reflection of the ideas-based philosophy now synonymous with

Frost's name.


The exhibition will be accompanied by an inspirational book,

(sorry trees), that demystifies the design process while offering

an insight into the working practice of one of the world's

leading designers.

Open Tuesday to Saturday 11am-8pm Sunday 11am-5pm

(Closed Monday) Free Admission

NEW! Adobe Production Studio

The next revolution for film, video and broadcast professionals

Tue 28 Feb - SYDNEY: Live Event, Eveleigh (Redfern)

Tue 28 Feb - Live WEBCAST,

Adobe Production Studio is the newest member of the Adobe

Creative Suite family. With groundbreaking features in all-new

versions of Adobe's most popular post-production solutions,

the new suite is set to revolutionise the way multi-media

professionals do their job. But you truly need to see it to believe it.


Hi Cathy

Are you familiar with the program Kahootz? It was developed by the Australian Children's Televisiion Foundation. The website is

The program has been bought by the Victorian and the ACT

Educ Depts for all of their schools. It is gathering quite a lot of

 support in other states such as Qld.  Here in NSW it is really only

just starting to make inroads. 


Peter Maggs, from Kahootz, and I are organising a Master's

Training Day in Sydney for the 24th March. The venue will be the

ICT Centre at Macquarie Uni which is a joint Macquarie Uni

and NSW DET unit.  Attendance at this event is by invitation only.


The idea is to provide an opportunity for a small group of users

to share with each other what they are doing with Kahootz

and to have access to Peter to update you with the latest

ideas, techniques and examples.


This is an opportunity for you to see what others are doing,

share with your peers, increase your skills and learn about

what is happening at the ICT Centre.


I am hoping that you will be able to take advantage of this

opportunity. Please let me know asap if you are able to attend.

There will be a few others there who are not Kahootz users as

yet such as Peter Mahony from the Power House.  I think you

would really enjoy the day and I would like you to meet

Jenny Fergusson who is one of the Director's of the ICT Centre.



Linda Zugai


Director Business Development (K-12)



The first Winter Olympic Games took place in Chamonix, France

in 1924 with sixteen nations and five sports. This year in Torino

(or Turin in English) Italy, February 10 to February 26, there

 will more than 2500 athletes from eighty-five countries

competing in fifteen sports.


Infoplease: 2006 Winter Olympics

Infoplease presents a fun mixture of Olympic history, news,

biography, trivia, quizzes, crosswords and scandal. "The Summer

Games may have it all over the Winter Games when it comes

 to history, pageantry, and worldwide television ratings, but

the Winter Olympics dominate when it comes to good

old-fashioned controversy and deliciously irresistible scandal.

" Are you old enough to remember Tonya and Nancy? Scandal

aside, don't leave without trying your hand at least one of the

six Olympic quizzes or four crossword puzzles.


NBC: Olympics 2006

NBC is the official Olympics television network, and is the

site for schedules, results and medal counts. But reasons

to visit extend way beyond stats, because this terrific site is

full of human interest stories, athlete bios, and some awesome

first-person sports games. The games are a bit slow to load

(and require Internet Explorer) but if you can make over these

hurdles, the snowboard, giant slalom, and bobsleigh races are

my game picks of the week. Registration isn't required to play,

but if you do, you can post your scores on the board, and

qualify for prizes.


Olympic Primer

The five interlacing rings of blue, yellow, black, green, and

red became the official Olympic logo in 1913. "The Olympic

rings represent the union of the five continents and the meeting

of athletes throughout the world at the Olympic Games.

However, contrary to a popular misconception, the colors

themselves do not represent any single continent. The colors

were chosen because at least one of these colors is found in

the flag of every nation." Brimming with historical tidbits, this

concise site is great place to find answers to your Olympic



7. MOZART celebrations are everywhere. This year marks the 250th celebration of his birth.

The life, times and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Plan a trip to Salzburg, visit  Mozart’s birthplace, visit the

Salzburg museums museums take the trip or take a virtual trip.

Today in Salzburg it is

Here IS some of his music online.(site is a bit tricky –

choose English at the bottom of the first image then, one of

the option pop ups.

Site includes paintings of Mozart,  sheet music and a biography.

See the digitally remastered Amadeus  - The movie

An online musical story of  Mozart’s life(great for (K-6)


There are events planned everywhere to celebrate Mozart’s birthday

all around the world so just google them up.

One that rather takes my fancy is “The Magic Flute – a new

production with legs on the wall at the Opera house


Hear the entire works of Mozart on ABC Classic FM. At the centre of our celebrations is the broadcast of every complete work composed by Mozart. Find out what we've already played and what's coming up next.




Simple exercises based on the work presented by Carla Hannaford, Ph.D. . Carla Hannaford, Ph.D. is a neurophysiologist and educator with more than 28 years of teaching experience.

Drink Water, Brain Buttons, Cross Crawl, Hook- Ups.





I've found many items in your latest newsletter to be most inspiring,

especially Jenny Eather's Rainforest Maths.


Please pass on my congratulations and thanks to Jenny for

sharing her program.  As a teacher working in Distance Education,

this type of resource is invaluable when working with students

from afar.  I have recommended Rainforest Maths to several

of my students and their parents and am awaiting

feedback.  Will keep you posted.

Megan Hastie

Teacher P-3 Department

Brisbane School of Distance Education



I found a great free site for teachers to use to set up a closed

class web site that includes a discussion forum, a place for a syllabus,

a place to turn in work in digital form along with other features.  I found it accidentally because I was looking for a place for my kids to do more discussion and didn't want to use environments like since there is so much controversy over

 the safety of that blogging environment. 


At this site,

the kids sign up for the site with a class code I give them and

then it is open to only class members.


The beauty of this is, it is an academic site, so they learn

school appropriate protocols for online discussions and they

can post work to this site at any time without having to chase

around the school to find me.  It is great because they can

e-mail me if they are sick and I can upload documents to them

right away.  Also, it has an assignment alarm that I can set to

send them a reminder several days in advance.


Jane Blystone

North East HIgh School

1901 Freeport Road

North East, PA  16428


Hi Cathy,


I’m an Australian expatriate primary teacher working at Tabubil

International School in PNG (where the OK Tedi mine is).  We

have funds available to pursue personal Professional Development

which is great, however, I am finding it difficult to find what is

available in Aust for me to attend.  I am finishing up here at the

end of the year and hopefully will recommence teaching in

Townsville Qld for 2007. 

Can you recommend some sites or do you have list of workshops

available for 2006?

 Hope you can help.


Christine Peters Yr 6/7

Tabubil International School

Tabubil   Western Province



Hi Christine,

Try Edna

Use the advanced search and type in your topics



Adobe also have some great courses in computers from time to

time and their sites are worth checking


Hope this gets you started.  I will also ask newsletter members to

send in ideas.


Dear Cathy,

Many thanks for the great comments about Rainforest Maths in your newsletter.

Glad you enjoyed the site. Speaking of frogs and parrots -

it's amazing what a parrot can do on a Mac (and shouldn't) !!

Have attached a pic of one of my feathered editorial assistants.

They come here freeloading - after doing the rounds at Currumbin



Many thanks for a another exciting newsletter.

I've had quite a few emails about Rainforest Maths since

including a couple where I caught up with colleagues from long

ago - lot's of fun.

Have a great 2006.


Jenny Eather

PS Maybe this is an iParrot.


Dear Cathy

I'm an avid consumer of your fantastic newsletter. Could you

please assist me to resolve a professional debate and point

me in the direction of any current research that supports the

idea that the earlier we expose kids to ICT the better. I've seen

stuff for older children but I'm looking at an early childhood

focus in Kindergarten and up. Thank you and keep up the

great work. Dale Watkins


I wrote an article on children learning better using computers

a while back.



Hi Cathy

I’m teaching graphics for the first time and wondered if you had

any "site" suggestions or directions for some lesson plans please.


john irving

hamilton college

Not sure what you mean is it graphic design?

You will find various tips and tutorials at this site:-

Also Atomic Learning

There are many such sites.


Can anyone recommend a fun site for my 9 year old who needs to practise her Times Tables?  They need to be random tables and up to x12. 

Thanks Tanya

Lots of sites do this:-

Check out other maths sites at:-


 Hi Cathy

I have been reading and gleaning and using information

from your newsletters for 2 years.

Thank you so much for all the ideas you provide for us all.

I have passed on your newsletter address to all my colleagues

and each student teacher that I have. You are a very valuable

and current resource for us teachers.

Thanks again, Ruth Collett


As National Literacy and Numeracy week is in August this year,

it would be missed opportunity not to give teachers more

information on Jolly Phonics.

Having taught Jolly phonics for over three years, I am still

amazed at how much it improves literacy in students and

helps in reading recovery.


It had been introduced all over the world in mainstream and

ESL schools and is used all over Australia. You can visit

for a list of professionally endorsed Jolly Phonics trainers.


As Jolly phonics promotes a fun and multi-sensory approach

to systematic Phonics, children don‚t even know they are

learning and it is so much fun to teach. It can be integrated

into ANY existing literacy curriculum, and does in fact

compliment many programs.


Conferences will be held in Melbourne in the next few months,

but information sessions and professional development

workshops are easily arranged.

Many teachers have already benefited from teaching Jolly

Phonics, many of them have been so impressed they do

what I am doing now and share their knowledge with other teachers.


 It would be great to pass this on to other teachers, even

if to just introduce some of the basic concepts of Jolly

Phonics that will help with new ways of teaching phonics.


Jacqueline Carr

Has anyone used this program??


Hi Cathy

It was great getting your newsletter again after the hols

(which were not long enough!).  I had a great time looking at

Jenny Eather's Rainforest Maths site it is fantastic and I am

going to share it with the other teachers at my school.  I found

the site "maths is fun" that was also mentioned in a newsletter

last year and the students at our school love that site and most

of the time don't even realise that they are using maths skills

when they are playing the games.

So thank you so much for your fantastic newletter. 

You are doing a great job.  Thank you.

Sue Hall


10.  NEXT ISSUE - NEXT ISSUE – I would like some input on

narrative story telling,  I think everyone is so over the formulaic

text types that have ruled the world, and we want to get back

to writing  great stories – what are your thoughts.

.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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