Virtual Teacher Newsletter  No. 55  August 9th 2002 – MISTAKE IMPERATIVE




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1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy

3. WWWinfo – Metric Conversion Table

4. New Printables -  Cultural Cuisine

5. Technical Stuff – FREE from Edsoft & Tutorials

6. Web Site Focus –

7. Maths Circus

8. Great Sites

9.  Readers' Requests/Comments

10 Next Issue

11. Code of 'Netizens'

12. Tips


1. WELCOME EVERYONE.  Sorry Folks about the mix up in

the content section of the last newsletter. I made the mistake. 

I do this a lot, make lots of mistakes, that's how I figure out what

to write in the newsletter; how to demonstrate a program; how to

fix a problem.  I think I know quite a bit about ICT and that means

I've made quite a lot of mistakes.  The thing with ITC is that the

mistakes make the learning stick.  Fixing MY problem now,

something that is totally relevant to me, means I will learn very

quickly. Make a point of demonstrating your mistakes in front of

students, ask them to solve your problems, make it OK to make

mistakes, in fact make it an imperative.



"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything

that counts can be counted" - Albert Einstein


'Being rich isn't about money.  Being rich is a state of mind. 

Some of us, no matter how much money we have, will never

be free enough to take time to stop and eat the heart of the

watermelon.  And some of us will be rich without ever being

more than a paycheck ahead of the game."

            -Harvey B. Mackay



Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished:

if you're alive, it isn't.

Richard Bach


3. WWWinfo

Metric Conversion



Cultural Cuisine - fits in with the book week theme.




FREE manuals and discontinued software for schools.


WDVL: The Web Developer's Virtual Library (WDVL)

The Web Developer's Virtual Library (WDVL) is an free

encyclopedia of java, HTML, javascript, cgi, dhtml, XML, perl,

web design and domain name tutorials and resources.


Some online FREE tutorials/Demos


Beginner and advanced tutorials

here's a site full of webpages that just don’t cut it. Look an learn what

not to do in web design.

I have finally uploaded my site. The address is


Victorian PD Activity:  ICT Support for Literacy and Learning


Where: Mentone Girls Grammar School

When: Saturday 10th August 2002


This is a day of presentations and some hands on for teachers,

therapists, psychologists and parents of children and adults of all

ages with reading, writing and spelling difficulties.

Website at

for further information regarding the day


Victorian PD Activity:  Beginning Teacher, Returning Teacher  (BTRT)


Where: All Regions in Victoria

When: Term 3 2002


Two PD programs will be provided by ICTEV for DE&T teachers

as part of the Beginning and Returning Teachers initiative. Notes

and support materials will be provided for participants for each

face-to-face PD session.


1. Literacy, Numeracy and ICT in the Early Years classroom

This is a 10 hour PD program including Module 1 with 6 hours

face-to-face PD program and Module 2 with 4 hours credit online

PD program. the face-to-face PD module includes:

Session 1 - ICT for the Literacy Block ... in the Early Years

Session 2 - ICT for the Numeracy Block

Session 3 - ICT in the Integrated Curriculum


2. ICT in the Middle Years classroom

This is a 10 hour PD program including Module 1 with 6 hours

face-to-face PD program and Module 2 with 4 hours credit online

PD program. the face-to-face PD module includes:

Session 1 - ICT in Literacy across the KLAs ... in the Middle Years

Session 2 - ICT in the Integrated and Thinking Curriculum - Part 1

Session 3 - ICT in the Integrated and Thinking Curriculum - Part 2


Please visit our website at

for further information regarding the day

ICT in Education Victoria Team



6. WEBSITE FOCUS –Early Finishers Activities

Early finisher ideas

Brainteasers and puzzles for kids

Teaching ideas for Primary teachers (link on page to time-fillers)

Treasure Hunts from CyberBee

Quick Quizzes & Puzzles

Name the Animal

Seven Wonders of the World

Reset the  Pot

Lunar puzzles (yr6 - 12)

Build a Bridge


7. Circus Maths 3

This is a fantastic program.  Children love it. Teachers love it.

Simple instructions can be used for each of the 12 games in the

package.  Each game has 10 levels so they can be used K-6,

it can be put throughout the school and taught to all staff members at once.

The program is produced by Greygum – an Australian company.

Many schools have Circus Maths Act 1, 2 & 3.  If you don’t make

it the next software package you buy.

The program emphasis the development of spatial,

logical and sequencing skills, as well as including problems

which encourage facility with numbers.

Covers a wide range of maths problems

Stimulates spatial, logic and sequencing skills

Includes problems which particularly develop facility with numbers

Positive and negative numbers.

Simple programming

Direction and Angles



The package includes black-line masters which may be

photocopied for classroom use, and which are also included

on the CD in PDF format. The manual includes hints and

solutions for each puzzle.




Bradman Museum


FREE Black Line Maps and heaps of info about countries and maps



Rubric Generator – pretty good too.


Albert Einstein from Nova

Asia Pacific – ABC Gateway



Dear Cathy,

Again my Newsletter is mumbo jumbo. Is it something with my computer?




Hi Joanne & Chris,

Newsletter attached as word doc.

This looks to me like a mime problem with their email package.  MIME

(Multi-Purpose Internet Mail Extensions) allows you to send different kinds

of data files on the Internet: audio, video, images, etc rather than just

text.  It would appear to me that you need to check your mime settings so

that your email package can interpret the newsletter.

I  send the newsletter out as plain text.  Check your

email package is set to handle this. 

The only problems that are currently reported to me like this have the

email address.  Another possibility is that server is seeing the

newsletters as SPAM - new SPAM controls are being put in place

that detect multiple sends, and don't discriminate well, you may like

 to check with - Perhaps you can

request that VT is allowed through - or that SPAM rules are relaxed.




Dear Cathy,

Please consider my son Patrice's web site for inclusion on "Kids' Sites":

He is in Year 2 at Parramatta Public School.


Rod Young

Thanks Rod, what do you think folks, well done Patrice – great site.


Hi I'm a first year teacher looking for sites on the middle

ages as well as some sites explaining special effects in film

and television.  Any ideas? Many thanks in advance!


Hi Andrew,

VT has a Medieval section at:-

The SFX question is too broad to even attempt.  For a start

borrow the DVD of Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy and view

the behind the scenes material - very interesting regarding

early SFX.




Dear Cathy,

Firstly, thanks for the endless stream of information that your

site provides. I don't know how you get the time to compile it all.

I'm a 3rd year education student(mature-age) and every little bit

helps. I'm doing a web-design subject this semester; I need to use

Dreamweaver 4; you wouldn't know the trick to downloading

it cheaply would you? If so, could you let me know.

Kind regards, Paul.


Hi Paul,

A 30 day trial version is available at:-

Just check that it is the full version - should be - no just a

demo version.




Thanks for maintaining Virtual Teacher, I find it very useful.

The suggestions today for Geography were excellent.


I've put together a new online course for 50 teachers in Northern

Territory which starts next week and I've made the first 2 modules

free, to access all 15 modules you need a subscription.


Have a look, you might find it useful in your training or like to

add it to your links


Hi Cathy

I only just found your website and I must say it has to be the most

useful teacher oriented website I've found to date. I love it!  I will  be

 telling all my colleagues about it!

I am currently planning a T&E project for my Grade 4/5's to do,

which will be about different cultures around the world.  i was

wondering if any of you or any of your readers have found any

great websites or CD-ROMS that may be of assistance?




Hi Belinda,

I prepared a unit around food from different cultures- Cultural Cuisine –

would also fit in with this year's bookweek theme:-


To Cathy,

I find your newsletter fabulous.  It is so practical and saves me

so much time.

Do you have any helpful sites on McCarthyism and opposing

points of view on  this and (also other times) in History. 

This is for a Year 12 standard.


Hi Maria,

Here's a few I like suitable for Year 12



by Ellen Schrecker

multi-media stuff

Neat Timeline




Dear Cathy,

Thanks for the info on dreamweaver. Next question;

I need to construct an interactive PowerPoint presentation for

Primary level maths students. I was planning to keep it simple

(my motto) and use trading of two digit numbers through visually

displaying MAB blocks on a page. eg. 32-19? using a tens and

ones chart. In PowerPoint, how do you make the pages interactive

and include a quiz to practice the trading concept. Your earlier info

on PowerPoint was great too, but I couldn't find anything on this.

Kind regards


ps. your site is getting passed around the Gold Coast too!

More on PowerPoint next newsletter, yes there are ways –

however if you want to do anything really serious, don’ use

PowerPoint, it has it’s limits.  As far as MAB blocks go,

MAB blocks are better than a PowerPoint presentation.

As for a quiz – excel is probably better


Just a quick question ... do you know of any good phonetics sites

online that would be appropriate for a year 1 child who does not have

 the basic single sounds mastered - relies heavily on picture cues.




Hi Annie,

There are lots on the internet, a quick Google search should

sort them out one of my favourites is:-

Ants on the Apple

Also Little Animals Activity Centre

Start with those if you like



Does anyone else have some suggestions???


To Cathy,

Your sites on McCarthyism were fabulous.  Thank you so much.

I am now looking for a web site, preferably an interactive one,

which helps students Year 3 - 4 to learn their Hundred Demons

(the most commonly misspelt words).

Also a site where they can add in their own words would be very helpful.

Thank you


Can anyone help with this one????


10.  NEXT ISSUE - Maths sites and K-2 sites, I will be upgrading

these pages on  VT so if you have any great sites for either of 

these categories  send them along. Also more on PowerPoint

by request.



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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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