Virtual Teacher Newsletter  No. 151 - September 23rd 2007 - ZINES




1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy


4. New Printables -  VT REsources

5. Technical Stuff - Computer Graphics Source

6. Web Site Focus - ZINES

7. Cathy's Forum -

8. Great Sites

9.  Readers' Requests/Comments

10 Next Issue

11. Code of 'Netizens'

12. Tips



Read all about ZINES, a great way to get kids writing especially the

reluctant ones; he's been on UTUBE, I wonder when we'll see a

John Howard ZINE? Take a look at the quicktime movie on CGS,
this new technology is explained beautifully.

Google never ceases to amaze, their GoogleQuote is worth visiting.

This will be the last VT for this Term - The next one will be
out in about 3 weeks.  Please write in with your great ideas
and comments, I love hearing from you. Have a great break.


The cosmic calendar (Sagan, 1977)

Where the age of the universe is compressed into a single year:


January 1  BIG BANG

May 1   Formation of the Milky Way

September 9 Formation of the solar system

September 14 Formation of the Earth

September 25 Origin of life on Earth

October 9  Oldest bacterial fossils

November 12 Oldest eukaryotes

December 1 Earths' atmosphere fully oxygenated

December 16 First worms

December 19 First fish

December 20 First land plants

December 21 First insects

December 22 First amphibians

December 23 First reptiles

December 24 First dinosaurs

December 26 First mammals

December 27 First birds

December 28 First flowering plants, dinosaurs extinct

December 29 First primates

December 30 First hominids

December 31 First humans (at 10:30 pm)

December 31 Domestication of fire (at 11:46 pm)

December 31 Cave painting in Europe (at 11:59 pm)

December 31 First neolithic cities (at 11:59:35 pm)

December 31 Invention of the alphabet (at 11:59:51 pm)

December 31 Bronze Age (at 11:59:53 pm)

December 31 Iron Age (at 11:59:54 pm)

December 31 Roman Empire (at 11:59:56 pm)

December 31 Crusades (at 11:59:58 pm)

December 31 Renaissance in Europe (at 11:59:59 pm)


The Universe in One Year was inspired by the late
astronomer, Carl Sagan (1934-1996). Sagan was the first
person to explain the history of the universe in one year
as a “Cosmic Calendar”, in his television series, Cosmos.


Widespread development of science and technology;
emergence of global culture; acquisition of the means
of self-destruction of the human species; first steps in
spacecraft planetary exploration and the search of
extraterrestrial intelligence

Now: The first second of New Year's Day


triolet (TREE-uh-lit, -lay) noun

A poem or stanza of eight lines, having a rhyme scheme

ABaAabAB, in which the first, fourth, and seventh lines are

the same, and second is the same as the eighth line.


I wish I were a jelly fish

That cannot fall downstairs:

Of all the things I wish to wish

I wish I were a jelly fish

That hasn't any cares,

And doesn't even have to wish

'I wish I were a jelly fish

That cannot fall downstairs.'


Wish to write your own triolet? Help is near:

As Yoda tells Luke Skywalker, "Luminous beings are we."

Not just some of us. All of us.


It's not the biggest, the brightest, or the best that will survive,

but those who adapt the quickest'.        Charles Darwin


To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less

important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves.
Aldous Huxley, novelist (1894-1963)

Your nothing much, is someone else's quite a lot.

Sherlock Holmes


A free online compendium of quotations from notable
people and creative works in every language, including
sources (where known), translations of non-English quotes,
and links to Wikipedia for further information!
The English version of Wikiquote has 13,668 pages so
far with many thousands of quotations and proverbs.


Using the resouces on VT. I am often asked about various
templates or resources, VT has a huge range of resources,
just goto

and use the google search engine for the site. The teachertools
page is worth a look as well


Computer Graphics Source - CGS

3DM models creation is an information resource on Computer
Graphics, and animation, hotest news, interviews and
high-end 3D design. Receive answers to most of your
questions, download 3D models which you need in one
of the biggest Models Bank on-line, participation in discussion
on CGFolks forum or just look works of other artists.

Interesting tutorials, advice on work in graphic packages.


Inphase has developed the next generation in data storage.

Millions of pages of information can be stored on a disk that
fits into the palm of your hand. Check out the mp4, this is
what our children will be using in their future.


6. WEBSITE FOCUS - ZINES - the Sequential Artform

Last weeks reading bought a fantastic idea ZINES.

Master cut and paste, control V and C and you are away.

These little master pieces need only be 4 page A5 ZINES.

The quick way to to do this is to get the kids to type up

their ZINE, print it out, then illlustrate it by hand, promise me

you wont use clip art, let them get creative with this.

Then place all A4 pages in the top of the photocopier -

every school has one of these, find the booklet maker option,

read your manual on how to do this, then hit go, and you should

have a perfect little A5 booklet, already folded, 8 pages, 12 pages

can also be accommodated in this way. If you don't have a booklet

maker, you can set it up in Word, using a landscape view and 2 x text



Your kids can write these ZINES out and print them, and sell them to

their friends.  See if you can get the production line rolling so that

they can print these via the school secretary or librarian, you'll need

to ensure that what is produced passes protocol for your  school, ie

there are certain things that can be printed using the school

facilities and other things that are not.  Find a parent to vet them.

And let the whole thing escalate.


The kids can pay say .05c per A4 side for their ZINES to the school

and then sell them for say .20 or .50c each and make a bit of a profit,

so they can pay for the next ZINE photocopying.


Encourage them to find buyers and outlets.  Some may be able to sell

them at their part time jobs, everyone will sell them throughout

their family, and of course they can sell them to each other.


Organise a ZINE trading Day, perhaps with another school,

or a ZINE Fair at the local Library, like the

one at Penrith Regional Gallery till October 14th 2007.

SMH Article

Download a ZINE

What is a ZINE

Also about ZINES

History of Fanzines



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.

San Francisco Chronicle
If imagery is our species preferred learning methodology, then
alphabets and words are inferior to the learning potential
available through imagery.  What does this mean for the future direction
of our education curriculum?

What do you think? Please share your thoughts.

Does it Matter? It sure does




They’re the greatest journey stories of all time!

Give your students a ride they’ll never forget!

Great journey novels like The Aeneid by Virgil, Grapes of Wrath,
Macbeth, plotted using the wonderful google earth.



Games and activities for 5-12 year olds

Explore the Coral Reef

Quicktime movies with audio


E-Themes REsources listed by Titles


your newsletter is fantastic. This edition says NEW PRINTABLES
text types ...but they're not there!
Can u help??

Yes I mucked this up and didn't rehead the index - text types are at:
Under templates
They were old headings. Don't like them much - but there is a demand, 
I think the flower idea is better.
A big thankyou for the work that you do. From a non- ICT proficient
person, who is swamped by the ocean of information out there,
you offer a bit of a lifeline (the flowers have to be imaginary,
not just virtual, but I'm sending you a huge bunch of sweetpeas -
to swamp you in the colors and perfume, that won't make you sneeze...).

Do you know of any web based research circles for preschool
teachers aiming at integrating ICT (at a basic not well funded
way - ie no bells and whistles, just an internet connection
and a digital camera) into a play-based, enquiry driven


Hi Louise,
You don't need a circle for this, just do it. the Imacs come with
an onboard camera. Even if your resources are under funded,
just one of these is enough, just download the images
and have some fun. or use Photobooth


Using PhotoBooth on the New Macs
What fun.
1. Open Photo booth, put a comfortable chair in front of the

computer and feed the students through.  You can give a
direction, make a sad face, make and angry face, use the
effects to
make a weird face. 5 minutes
2. Photos should automatically appear in IPHOTO, if not just
to the Library. 2 minutes
3. Click slideshow, then click play. And Bob’s your uncle.

4. Connect to a digital projector your students can view the
slideshow immediately.
5. Use it as a catalyst to make a list of descriptive words.
8minutes 6. Bulk Print them out, enlarge to A3 and have your
write about the images using the words. 5 minutes
7. Wall display with all the students faces and great words.

You can fiddle about with the settings in iPhoto, timing,
transitions and of course add music, including garage
Great satisfaction, immediate end product. Love it.
(excerpt from VT 137)
Fits into lots of curriculum areas - I did emotions, faces,
families, etc. Promotes discussion and language development
the list is endless.
Dear Cathy
Smilebox is awesome.  I am 59 years old and for me this seems incredible.
The younger members of our group may have known all about it already but it
is news to me. Such a wonderful way to save memories and share them. I just
love it and want to learn how to use it - School holidays will be well spent
this year!  Thanks again you amazing lady
Kath Comber
Hi Cathy
I love your newsletter and look forward to it arriving in my inbox.
Would you have a link for the beta version of the image resizing
software you sent the YouTube link for please/
Kind regards
Great video, but where can I download the beta version?
Hi Barry & Damien,
Software is in development and will probably be available as part of
major packages shortly. Take a look at what else is happening.
Ariel Shamir's home page is at
there is some other amazing stuff there.
Hi Cathy
Thanks for the reply. I teach ICT so hence my interest.
Thanks kindly for the tip and I love your newsletter.
Kind regards
In response to Mathletics.  Yes our school has used the
program R-10.  We love it.  Well worthwhile until they put
the cost up.  Last year there was a site licence we could
purchase for a very reasonable cost.  This year the school
needed to purchase a licence for individual students at
$30 each.  This was too expensive and therefore our
kids missed out. 

What's your response Mathletics?

10.  NEXT ISSUE - Video Art.


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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