Virtual Teacher Newsletter No. 148 August 5th 2007 - SPLENDID TRUTH




1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy

3. WWWinfo - ABC ARTS

4. New Printables -  25 Years of Change: 1982 - 2007

5. Technical Stuff - PHEONIX BLASTS OFF



8. Great Sites

9.  Readers' Requests/Comments

10 Next Issue

11. Code of 'Netizens'

12. Tips


1. WELCOME EVERYONE.  "Kids know it better than the rest of us do:
Words and pictures are primally bound.

Watch any preliterate child or beginning reader with a book,
and you see it immediately. Kids don't look at pictures as
diverting illustrations or supplements to the text. They read
pictures avidly, mining them for every bit of information, mood,
feeling, mystery and nuance of the world fanning open before them."
This newsletter is filled with visuals, read the Splendid Truth
in the User Generated Content forum, and watch ALL, yes ALL
the videos Gary has recommended. No, this has to be
a promise for every VT reader - WATCH THEM ALL.

More powerful than my words, more important that anything
else you will do over the next fortnight. Write in and let
me know what you think. Have a good one.



The 3 R's

Rigor Relevance & Relationships           

W. Daggett


The computer swallowed grandma. Yes, honestly its true.
She pressed 'control' and 'enter' And disappeared from view.


It devoured her completely, The thought just makes me squirm.
She must have caught a virus Or been eaten by a worm.


I've searched through the recycle bin And files of every kind;
I've even used the internet, But nothing did I find.


In desperation, I asked Jeeves My searches to refine.
The reply from him was negative, Not a thing was found 'online'.


So, if inside your 'Inbox,' My Grandma you should see,
Please 'Copy', 'Scan' and 'Paste' her And send her back to me!


If you're leading, and no one's following- then you're just out
for a walk" 
John Maxwell, Leadership Expert.

"Gort! Klaatu barada nikto."

Helen - The Day the Earth Stood Still


3. WWWinfo Great Guide to Art around Australia


and click on Art Map

4. NEW PRINTABLES - 25 Years of Change: 1982 - 2007


5. TECHNICAL STUFF  - Lift off for Nasa's Mars probe

Nasa has launched a spacecraft on a nine-month journey to Mars,
where it will dig below the surface for clues to the existence
of past or present life. Watch the Pheonix blast off. at


ITSC 2007 10 - 14 December Sydney


The second WMR & MacSchoolsNet Student Animation
Festival will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2007 at the
VU Convention Centre, Sunshine.



A landmark science fiction film, as well as a commentary
on the political climate of the 1950s, The Day the Earth Stood
Still, is a sci-fi movie less concerned with special effects than
with a social parable, which is very accessible. This is a great
film to show and discuss.

The editing is seamless, it stands up today, as a well shot,
exciting piece of drama, with none of the overacting and
reliance on violence of later and current SCI-FI films.
Selection of Reviews And Comments


Imagery + Review DVD Maniacs

Watch the movie online at:

better still hire it from the DVD/Video Store.



The common theme of today's world is USER GENERATED CONTENT.
Hence the explosion of blogging, TV shows like Pop idol and Big Brother
where audiences cast their vote  to influence the shows, websites
like YouTube, Wikipedia and Facebook.
Monologue's whose sole purpose is to inform are doomed before
they start. Information is the world's most devalued currency. 
There's more of it in circulation than any of us can handle -
the painful truth is: there is no information you can present to
your students that they can't find out for themselves.
Did I say painful - this is really the SPLENDID TRUTH.
As teachers we no longer need to be responsible for the
lesson content, this can be left to students, while we concentrate
on guiding and assisting their efforts.  This is splendid for motivation
as the students take charge, splendid for you as you can concentrate
on the really important stuff like empathy, imagination and humility
asking great questions, discussing and facilitating video,
photographic and multimedia presentations as well as interpretation
So, what are you doing in your classrooms or out of them
to capitalize on USER GENERATED CONTENT, or what
could you do?

What do you think? Please share your thoughts.
Does it Matter? It sure does.


Gary's already onto it already, demonstrating the power of
imagery over words, and user generated content-

Can I suggest three movies which are 'essential' watching
for all teachers/parents to set the scene for why there needs

be a shift from content/remember to think/create education


web2.0 on YouTube and TeacherTube


ShiftHappens YouTube


Pay Attention TeacherTube


The first was posted on 31st January...over 2.5million
views since then hyas won numerous was
shown as the introduction at the first WEB2.0

conderence in May in San Francisco


Creates a learning activity..

"...if you knew over a million people would see your
posted video on



What would you say?..."


What would a teacher say??


Makes you


The second one has over 1.5 million views in ten weeks..began as a

powerpoint slideshow..then a graphic artist stepped in and dressed it

up...shows how the medium is visual..not powerpoint slides!!!


The third is still powerpoint slides..expect someone will provide the

graphics...been around five weeks or so..


Shown at SLAV conference in melbourne a month ago
(SLAV=state librarians

association of Victoria) got many talking and a few more 'got it'
..can see why we are on about process..learning to
learn...students doing rather than teachers telling..

See what you think!?




On the Lenovo issue, does this mean that Apple schools

will receive more pressure to replace their macs with PC's?

Teachers using Apple unite! I would like to know how many

of us there are and if there is a support group for iclassrooms?

Sue Piggott


Hi Kathy and Sue,

We have a growing number of schools in Melbourne's
Western Metropolitan Region using Apple computers
a lot of this has been due to programs run on the use of
film in the curriculum and film development programs.

We also have a really strong (cross sector) teacher
network that supports this and delivers some teacher PD.
Their website can be found



Jill Reading

Teaching and Learning Consultant, eLearning

Western Metropolitan Region




Digital's Stills Imaging - this is Bob's place for Educational
Links covers a vast array of topics including Clay animation,
digital story telling, iMovie, Making Movies guides etc.


Director's Chair Secrets of Storytelling

Ocean forecasting Australia, a $15m project to deliver ocean
forecasts for the Australian region.

Still under development the experimental movie already gives
a good generic indication of what is happening:


Hi Cathy

Happy to send invites for joost

Two things...eats the bandwidth!! be aware of the
consequences for download limits..

Requires an INTEL PC with XP(not VISTA yet!)
or an INTEL Mac works just fine


Have you discovered teachtube??

It is moderated so all the nasties do not get listed.

The format is H.264 so it can be put into iTunes(MAC and PC)
and then dropped on the a video iPod


For those who would like to record the existing collection on
YouTube use COSMOPOD or better is TubeTV which records
the flash movie then converts to ipod or AppleTV format...AppleTV
for schools is spectacular!!!

All the movies you have are instantly accessible.


The other question you ask about PC in not an
issue in Victoria.


We are seeing entire schools dropping PC completely and
adopting MAC servers for podcasting hosting within their
school...Blog hosting is also built no need to 'go out'
to the nasty environment which is the internet...and NO VIRUSES!!!


It now takes 20 minutes for a PC to be so badly infected by
viruses that it needs to be completely
unless you have the latest virus checkers( eg..the newest
was ten minutes ago!) it is a constant losing battle.


Surely the IT technicians have better things to do than this
sort of house keeping...


As for the NSW 'deal' ask the question about the incentives
for the managers and bureaucrats who stitched the agreement.


There is a history of people switching jobs to the supplier

soon after deals being education


Secret commissions are not illegal in managers
are offered holidays and boxes of champagne as 'loyalty bonuses'


Transparency is a must...get the AEU on to it....




Thanks for this Gary insightful info as usual. I


Hi Cathy

In response to the reference in your last newsletter about the Digital

Art site we have extended the deadline for the "Living in Australia"

Digital Art competition that we are running in conjunction with

Scholastic.  We heard from a number of teachers that they were keen to

participate but mid year they were preoccupied with reports,

parent/teacher interviews etc. so couldn't find the time.  Consequently,

we extended the time to the end of this term.  We have now put up a few

entries for people to see.  The information is available from our web



The competition is aimed at Primary Schools and the idea was that we

would have a substantial collection of art works by children from

schools all around Australia that all teachers from anywhere in

Australia could enjoy looking at with their students.  At the moment the

entries are mainly from NSW so we are keen to see some entries from

children in the other states and territories. We want children to create

images of what Living in Australia means to them where they live. The

prizes are sets of Graphics Tablets but the entries do not have to done

on a graphics tablet just be digital.



Linda Zugai

Sales Manager - ANZ

Wacom Australia Pty Ltd


Dear Cathy,
I also think teaching is a rewarding job and will continue to be so,
despite all the things I’d like to change about it. I think the desire
to share a skill or knowledge is a very human impulse
(parents do it daily!). When one of my students tells me they
plan to be a teacher I am delighted and when they say they
want to be an English teacher it tells me I’m doing a great job.
From time to time past students contact me when they are
‘out there’ beginning their teaching careers and I enjoy
sharing my experiences and hearing about theirs. I think we
owe it to kids to enjoy teaching and if we don’t find something
else that is satisfying and rewarding. Life’s too short to be
doing something you don’t enjoy, cheers, Lyn


As a mature aged, 2nd year out male teacher, I read the latest
newsletter with interest and felt  I had to have my two cents
worth (I can afford it... just!)


I am married with three school aged kids myself (and all
the expenses that go along with that), and I changed into
teaching mid-life because it is something that I'd always wanted to do.


Please don't misunderstand me; every single day I am thankful
for the choice I made, and it is absolutely the best thing I ever did. 
But on the current wages I am earning, we are really struggling financially.


This seems ludicrous considering I spent four years full time
at uni (and paid my HECS fees fully upfront for that;) and also
considering how much teachers are supposedly respected and
valued within our community. Yes, I understand that as a new
teacher my pay is not as high as experienced teachers, and I
can appreciate the logic behind that; my argument is that ALL
teachers should be better rewarded for the amount of time and
effort we put in and the responsibility of looking after 25+
of our futures' brightest hopes day in, day out.


If we want more male teachers in the system, we need
to make the career of teaching financially on a par (at least)
with other professions. No, this is not a sexist male/female
thing; just a statement of fact that you can get much more
money doing other things. And if we want men in the system,
we need to make it financially rewarding for them. 


I know my opinions will change very little, but I don't know
too many people who think teachers are overpaid! Can we
say that about other professions? 


Thanks for your newsletter and keep up the great work.

Pete Reiter


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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