Virtual Teacher Newsletter  No. 53  July 5th 2002 – Graeca sunt, non leguntur




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1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy

3. WWWinfo Curency Converter

4. New Printables -  Egyptian Document with Hyperlinks

5. Technical Stuff – Seminars and Online Tutorials

6. Web Site Focus – Questioning Skills

7. PowerPoint 3

8. Great Sites

9.  Readers' Requests/Comments

10 Next Issue

11. Code of 'Netizens'

12. Tips


1. WELCOME EVERYONE. VT will be taking a holiday for a

couple of weeks, you can expect the next newsletter on

July 27th.  Read about the latest complaint about Virtual

Teacher, just make sure it doesn't/does(strike out whichever

you prefer) happen to you.  This week has seen a great interest in

by most of the folk I have worked with. This site is soooooo

fantastic, and has even the most reluctant boys entranced.  

I have mentioned this site before – if you haven’t already

taken a look, take a look.  I finally went to see Star Wars, 

it’s so amazing, all the digital effects and the blending of live

action with digital sets,  all shot on HD, it’s seamless.  This is a

landmark film and Lucas is pushing the boundaries of digital

technology with each new episode.  Loved the Yoda light saber

fight, and I wondered why Obi Wan travelled all that way

through space only to get caught in the rain on Kamino, surely

by the time travelling through space in wonderful silver

spaceships occurs, undercover parking would also have

been invented.  Take a look at all the great sites about this

movie, here’s one to start with.  Have a great break.



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:



Festina lente - Hasten slowly

Et rident stolidi verba latina - And fools laugh at Latin words

De fumo in flammam - Out of the frying pan into the fire

Esto quod es - Be yourself

Uno viso, omnia visa sunt - Seen one, seen `em all

Abstineto a fabis - Never eat beans.

Veritatem imitare! - Get real!

Necesse est aut imiteris aut oderis - You must either imitate the world or loathe it.

Ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem apellant - Solitude means peace

Audax omnia perpet - The brave man endures all

Sapiens nihil invitus facit - The wise man doesn`t do anything against his will

Nemo fit casu bonus - Nobody becomes good by accident

Periculum in mora - Delaying things can be dangerous

Parturiunt montes, nascetur ridiculus mus - Much ado about nothing

Suum cuique - To each his own

Si Caesar viveret, ad remum dareris - If Caesar were alive, you'd be chained to an oar

Perge quo coepisti! - Finish what you started!

Manus manum lavat - One hand washes the other

Nil mortalibus arduum est - Humans think they can accomplish anything

Res severa est verum gaudium - True happiness is a serious matter

Non omnia possumus omnes - Everybody can't accomplish everything

Caveat emptor - Buyer beware

Graeca sunt, non leguntur - It's all Greek to me!

Balaenae nobis conservandae sunt - Save the whales

Credo Elvem ipsum etiam vivere - I believe Elvis is still alive.

Hostes alienigeni me abduxerunt. Qui annus est? - Aliens abducted me. What year is it?



How do computers make sweaters ?

On the interknit !

Why was the computer in pain ?

It had a slipped disk !

Why was the computer so thin ?

Because it hadn't had many bytes !

Why did the mouse sit on the computer ?

To keep an eye on the mouse !

What sits in the middle of the world wide web ?

A very, very big spider !

What's small, expensive and being constructed at Greenwich, London ?

The millennium gnome !


3. WWWInfo

Currency Converter

Converts from any currency to any other currency. 

This site is also a fantastic geography site.

Take a look, you'll love it.



Ancient Egypt document.  Download this page and use it

From word, the links are all live.

If the page isn’t immediately available check back in a few days

-I have had some uploading problems.  Links for it will also be available

from the pd and history pages.



I have added some new FREE tutorial links to the Teacher

Professional Development site -

under FREE IT Tutorials - check them out - and do a few

free tutorials - some great ideas.


Adobe Free Seminars – Endless Possibilities

These are great shows, don’t miss out.

Auckland: - 22 July

Stamford Plaza

Sydney - 24 July

Star City

Melbourne - 25 July

Sofitel Melbourne

Brisbane - 26 July

Convention and Exhibition Centre

Perth: - 30 July

Burswood International Resort Casino

Adelaide: - 31 July

Novotel Adelaide on Hindley

Canberra: - 2 August

National Convention Centre


Fancy a little free online learning this holiday then check out-

Great lesson resources from Discover Tased


6. WEBSITE FOCUS – Questioning Skills.

Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum

Bloom et al's Taxonomy of Cognitive Processes

Learning Styles


7. POWERPOINT 3  - Give your presentation Interactivity.

1. Using Hyperlinks.  Hyperlinks can be used in powerpoint to

a) jump to another page in the slide show

b) link to a document

c)link to a webpage or email address, in fact just about anything.

Highlight the text, button or picture, goto insert/hyperlink. this will

bring up a dialogue box, explore this dialogue box, Mac and PC

versions vary, however all contain options as stated above

2. Ungroup regroup animation.  This is very cool. Select your

clipart picture, goto draw tools, select ungroup.  You can then

select a small section of the clipart, say a hat or champagne cork,

and animate it separately, or animate the entire piece of clipart - goto slideshow/animations/custom. In the window you will see all the

individual sections of the clipart numbered, select if you wish or

just a few and animate them.

Use the regroup tool to regroup some of the clipart and animate

a smalls section as a single piece.

3. Action buttons.  These can be used to give the powerpoint

presentation more interactivity.  They can be used just like buttons

on a webpage.  Goto Slideshow/action buttons - here you can select

the type of button you want or design your own.  Once selected

draw the button on your slide. Immediately a dialogue box will

appear, select the hyperlink destination and Bob's your Uncle.



Fantastic Site from NOVA

Tales from the hive, see the bee dances, the anatomy of the

hive,  what's the buzz about bees. A wonderful site



Walking with Prehistoric Beasts

Welcome to the last 65 million years on Earth, which ushered in the rise

of mammals, the freezing of the climate and the arrival of humans. Learn

about the players (creatures from the Cenozoic Era), their habitat and

the science behind these discoveries. Interactive features on this site

allow students to Build a Beast from skeletal remains, view the changing

environment of the creatures, and e-mail a scientist with unresolved


Grade Level: Elementary, Middle School, High School

Content Area: Science (Life Science), History & Social Studies


Application Type: Resource, Activity


Lesson Plans and themes from  the ABS!OpenDocument


History of the Mouse




Here's an excellent science-email resource which is free (at present anyway)

Science by Email is a CSIRO service for Double Helix & Scientriffic readers

Science by Email offers a weekly newsletter featuring science news, activities

and more.  Starting February 2002, they have been running online web-chats

with scientists.

If you'd like to receive this free service, you can sign up using the subscription

form. Subscription is currently open to everyone, but, in time, it will be limited

to Double Helix members and Scientriffic subscribers. Subscription to Science

by Email is absolutely free. Web:



As a follow up to Chem4kids (Blue Web'n winner in 1997), has

created geography4kids and biology4kids (

These sites bring science basics to the level of elementary or middle

school students. One great feature of is the VR

(Virtual Reality) shots of geography landforms. Check out the Examples,

where students can click on a link in an index to get an image of the

object described.

Grade Level: Elementary, Middle School

Content Area: Science (Earth Science/Life Science)

Application Type: Resource




Be Creative! Access these easy to use, online tools that let you develop

your own worksheets effortlessly. Or, look for a worksheet by exploring

links to existing worksheets and maps for all ages of students.

Grade Level: Adult/Professional

Content Area: English (General), History & Social Studies (General),

Mathematics (General)

Application Type: Tool




Your virtual teacher newsletter is a pain!

I am supposed to be on leave from school at the moment, but I find I spend

an inordinate amount of time following up many of your leads and gems and

tips and tucking them away either in my memory or on a document.  Some break

from schoolwork I am having...and I am blaming it on your newsletter which

still arrives in my mailbox.

Thank you for being such a pain!!!

By the way, where can I find something on keyboard skills or learn to type

stuff on line or software?  I know you referred to something some time ago,

but I can't find it.  Can you help, please.

Yours holidayingly

Terry Thompson


PS don't you dare strike me off the mailing list!!


Hi Terry

Sorry about the holiday.  My site now has a search engine which can

be used just to search the VT site for anything you want.  Try these

sites for free online typing:-




Help: I am a first year teacher who needs to teach a unit of work

on Rainforest to  grade 5 students. As I am also the grade computer

teacher, I would like to integrate the Rainforest theme into my computer

lessons as well as teaching it as a HSIE

lessons. Can anybody help???

Thanks Wade


Hi Wade,

Use the Virtualteacher webquest at:




Dear Cathy,

Would you know where I can get some information or tutorial

learning on KidPix Delux 3? I know by the KidPix internet site

that Australia has been using this program.

Your site has all I ever need or connections to others.

Thank you,

Irene Gordey

teacher in Canada


Hi Irene,

Atomic Learning has some excellent online lessons including

some in Kidpix Deluxe - this site requires a $50USD subscription

rate per annum. Reading manual is a great source of ideas.



Basically I find the best method with Kidpix is to work out what

you are trying to teach - for me it is mouse control, and use of

specific generic tools.

Therefore I tend to introduce a new tool each lesson with a specific

subject in mind eg:-

For Kindergarten:- Using the Draw tool, select a thickish brush,

and select a colour.

Draw your own face, add eyes, nose etc.  Change the colour of

your brush as you go.

For Year 1 - Draw yourself, full body, use a thickish brush for the

outline, vary the thickness of the brush when adding features. 

Use a variety of colours, use the fill tool for the clothing. Discuss

Open and closed shapes.

I also like to integrate art and Kidpix for one term.  Looking at:-

1. Van Gogh Self Portraits – Draw Self Portrait - Draw your own

self portrait (revision of above using more colours)

2. The Mulberry Tree – Van Gogh (using thick brush strokes of a variety of colours)

3. The Kiss – Klimt – patterns (;using the fill tool)

4. Bruegal – children’s Games (using the stamp tool and a background)

5. Composition # 8  Kandinsky – (Lines tool and shape tool)

6. Gilliland – Study for Still Life 2 – Closed shapes(AUST)

7. Coburn – Goodbye Little Yellow Bird II – closed irregular shapes(AUST)


Ciao cathy


Hello Cathy,

Thought you might like to know that on your Australian page,

the links under the Government heading are not working - they

have been moved etc.

Thankyou so much for the most wonderful site!!!!  I constantly

send it on to a whole range of people that I know will be interested.

How do I find a list of other such pages that you have made available?


Susie W.


Hi Susie,

The Government links on the Australian are now fixed, with a few

new ones added.    Let me know if you notice anything else that doesn't work.

You can use the search engine on the directory page to look

for materials.  The links to all the major links pages are on the

directory page - I constantly add to them.  Also the Teacher

Tools page has many resources on it as well - all worth looking

at if you have the time to browse.




I Hi Cathy,

Another great free downloadable website is the Nestle's>


Wendy Armstrong

Harvey W.A.


Dear Cathy


What a wonderful attitude you have to share IT information –

brilliant! I teach ICT to students aged 13-18 at a college of

1300 in the south-west of England. You always give such

useful links. Recently I notified the Science Department about

"Froguts" - the older students claimed it was the best website

they'd ever been to.

I am very keen to share knowledge, too - thanks again.

Gill Priddy    :-)


Where can I find a great technology curriculum guide for 5th

and 6th graders? My Texas school district is in the Stone Age.

I want to do an integrated computer lab.Thanks.


Hi Susan,

Check out the programming documents at

There is a full school program K-6 there - also the other

documents are worth a look. All free all downloadable.




10.  NEXT ISSUE Full of surprises, I’ll be looking at the picture

editing tools in Microsoft Word as well as some great new websites.

Have a great Holiday

ciao  cathy

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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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