Virtual Teacher Newsletter  No. 60  November  2nd 2002 – DIGITAL PORTFOLIO




1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy

3. WWWinfo National Learning in Online World pdf

4. New Printables -  Plan a Picture

5. Technical Stuff – Digital Projectors



8. Great Sites

9.  Readers' Requests/Comments

10 Next Issue

11. Code of 'Netizens'

12. Tips


1. WELCOME EVERYONE It’s been a pretty hectic fortnight

all things considered.  Fourth term always presents its own

challenges, keeping the students motivated, writing reports,

Christmas activities.  This is the term to plan for some great

fun activities, perhaps a photographic competition, perhaps a

super dooper PowerPoint festival, or indeed a film and acting

festival.  Don’t hold back, experiment and the students will love it.




Are you a true elementary school teacher?  Let's find out:


1. Do you ask guests if they have remembered their scarves

and mittens as they leave your home?


2. Do you move your dinner partner's glass away from the

edge of the table?


3. Do you ask if anyone needs to go to the bathroom as you

enter a theater with a group of friends?


4. Do you hand a tissue to anyone who sneezes?


5. Do you refer to happy hour as "snack time?"


6. Do you say "I like the way you did that!" to the mechanic

who repairs your car to your satisfaction?


7. Do you ask "Are you sure you did your best?" to the

mechanic who fails to repair your car to your satisfaction?


8. Do you sing the "Alphabet Song" to yourself as you look

up a number in the phone book?


9. Do you say everything twice? I mean, do you repeat every-



10. Do you fold your spouse's fingers over the coins as you

hand him/her the money at a tollbooth?


-If you answered yes to 4 or more, it's in your soul--you

are hooked on teaching.  And if you're not a teacher, you

missed your calling.


-If you answered yes to 8 or more, well, maybe it's TOO MUCH

in your soul--you should probably think about retirement.


-If you answered yes to all 12, forget it--you'll ALWAYS be

a teacher, retired or not!


3. WWWinfo National plan: Learning in an Online World



Plan a Picture - Plan your Digital Picture - and Compare

your finished product with your plan

This file downloads directly onto your computer and will

open in Microsoft Word.



Digital Projector reviews,4148,7496,00.asp


VPLCS5 Sony List Price $4,620.00incl GST

This unit is available elsewhere for around $4,200 include GST

The extra Lumens make all the difference.



This is a fantastic program.  I am developing digital portfolios

with this program, and how am I doing it EASILY.   Digital

Portfolios are the current trendy 'thing' for schools.  They are

merely a collection of work samples on the computer.  This can

be as sophisticated or as simple as you like.  Programs free and

expensive have been created to accomplish this with new and

wonderful interfaces, invented specifically for this purpose. 

Besides doing a dozen other things Inspiration can be used to

Digital Portfolios as well. The interface is wonderfully intuitive,

students who have use Kidspiration will have no trouble with it all.

The new version includes visually integrated notes(stickies-wonderful),

Enhanced hyperlinking - hyperlink til your hearts content, to word,

to PowerPoint, they all open beautifully from the one location. 

It has audio capabilities, love this one, record your ideas, click

on the icon and hear them replay.  It has multiple levels of undo,

and the outline view is much more user friendly than earlier versions.


You can save to html for one page or multiple pages for publication

on the web. Check out again the one I published last newsletter.

. In this portfolio I have included word documents for student

evaluation as well as teacher evaluation (which are outcomes

straight from my program), students can review my expectations

for an activity even before they begin it.  In the original document

I also included ‘notes’ (these don't save on the html version)

containing questions, for students to use when evaluating themselves. 

I have uploaded a native Inspiration version to view, for those who have the software or are trailing it. To  download this file right click on the link on

 (Templates - Digital Portfolio - native Inspiration file), then open it

from within Inspiration(select 'all files')


When I was listening to teachers discussing digital portfolios it

always involved 'lots of work', extra time spent setting up the

program to meet their specific needs, extra meetings. This isn't

why we use computers.


The main thing about digital portfolios produced using Inspiration is:


Trial it for 30 days at:-

Most states now have deals for Inspiration - checkout the statewide deals at

The program for NSW is about $38.00 incl GST per computer. Bargain.



Who Dunnit? You'll love the music

Learn to be a sleuth by exploring the world of the forensic scientist.

Elementary and Middle School students can learn to take fingerprints,

analyze unidentified powders, and other techniques to solve "The Case of the

Barefoot Burglar."


Access Excellence: The Mystery Spot

Great online and offline activities that allow you and your students to

solve mysteries using science. Find out what happened to the local frog

population, use a microscope to solve a mystery. These fourteen activities

are designed to show science in a whole new light.

Forensic Entomology is the knowledge of insects used to aid legal

investigations. The creators of this website are consultants in forensic

entomology, but also explain how insects at a crime scene can offer clues.

Learn about the life cycle of insects, protocol (how to observe the scene

and collect specimens), the equipment you need to work with, and how to ship



Federal Bureau of Investigation: Handbook of Forensic Services

Science runs smack into law enforcement as the FBI publishes its Handbook of

Forensic Services online. Learn about Evidence Examinations, Crimes Scenes

and learn Safety techniques while working with unknown substances.



Electric Heart (from NOVA Online) HOT HOT SITE

One of many online resources at NOVA, this website program tells the

story of the pursuit of a practical artificial heart. Here's what you'll

find online: 1) Map of the Human Heart: how the human heart works with

an automatically changing color graphic of a heart in cross-section; 2)

Amazing Heart Facts; 3) Artificial Human; 4) Pioneering Surgeon: O. H.

Frazier: O. H. Frazier has done more heart transplants than anyone else

alive, well over 700. He talks about his work, his thoughts, and his

hopes; 5) Operation: Heart Transplant: try your hand as a

heart-transplant surgeon in this simplified online procedure; 6)

additional resources. Elementary, Middle School, High School       


You must try the heart transplant page - shockwave interactive –

I played with this for ages - Loved it.


Jurassic Park Institute  HOT SITE

Here's the website blurb: ...the Jurassic Park Institute represents the

next step in the evolution of one of the most popular franchises in

motion picture history - Jurassic Park. A science-based and

educationally focused program, JPI has one mission - to provide kids,

families, educators and scientists with the ultimate resource for

dinosaur learning and fun. There are resources for teachers and

activities for learners such as games, news, interactive online science

labs; all of which are tied to National Science Standards. You'll need

to register (FREE) to access the teacher features. The site is full of

high quality graphics and sound. (Shockwave and Flash required!) Elementary, Middle School         


An online, interactive magazine (e-zine) for elementary students. It's a

busy site, so keep your eyes peeled for the Kids Magazine, the Explorer

Classroom Magazine, games, activities, crafts, experiments, and homework

help. This month's feature is Halloween and other creepy stuff. The same

high quality you'd expect from National Geographic but packaged for

kids. K-6



Hello Colleagues,

Dear Cathy

Just wanted to say how very much I appreciate your site.  I sometimes get a little

lost being an over 50 new to teaching pre primary teacher.   Any other

like minded in the Perth area interested in finding out more with the help

of a kind patient guru.-  I want to see how to use video clips - I need to see it

done rather than read  about it and then actually do it a few times.  I have been able to set up electronic photo album of the children with MP3 attached ( help of daughter) but see that this program also allows me to do video postcards - which would be fantastic

Thanks, Kath


Can anyone help Kath??? Anyone from Perth??


Hi Cathy,

I loved your opening comment in your October 18 newsletter.

You're so right - we should be encouraging our kids to see the joy of the learning, and the opportunities that each day presents to capture what is really important.


Yarra Plenty Regional Library

is committed to building links between schools and public libraries, and to this end we have established a "Schools Online" page on our website, which also includes a link to your site - and what a fantastic resource it is!


I know our online collection of resources, including our free information databases, will support teachers and students in their work.


Keep up the great work.

Stay happy.

Meron :)

Meron Drummond

        Education Sector Co-ordinator

        TRIP Teacher

        Yarra Plenty Regional Library


Thanks Meron,

I'll include your link in the next newsletter - keep up the good stuff.




Hi Angela,


Both these links work.

1.             Then WRITE a script. Check out the sample shooting script pages and also tips at this site:-

2. Make a Story board. Here is a template that might help


The film.doc link directly above will download onto your computer if you click it - and should open automatically in word.  However if it doesn't - check your downloads folder or do a 'find' search for the document by date and name.




Dear Cathy


As co-ordinator of my school site, I need to know which is the preferred

form of navigation on a school site.


- sitemap (pages grouped under topics)

- index (pages grouped alphabetically)

- audience-focussed menus (student, staff, parents, visitors)

- other - (please specify)


Is such a poll possible from your site?

Please let me know.




What does everyone think??? Do you have preferences???


10.  NEXT ISSUE – Is going to be s surprise with some great

term 4 ideas.  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