Virtual Teacher Newsletter  No. 67  MARCH 14TH 2003 - THRILLIONAIRE




1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy


4. New Printables -  Student Self-Evaluation Rubric

5. Technical Stuff - KEYNOTE

6. Web Site Focus – AUDIO ONLINE


8. Great Sites

9.  Readers' Requests/Comments

10 Next Issue

11. Code of 'Netizens'

12. Tips


1. WELCOME EVERYONE.  I have been enjoying a whole lot of

great things this week.  Trying out the new Apple Keynote program,

fantastic, using the new digital movie camera with the students,

they were thrilled.  Sending out a group of PRESS REPORTERS

to cover school events, a “Thanks Miss that was great” from one

of my less eager students. Sorting out Gaby’s PowerPoint problem,

a great letter from a colleague, my son actually studying for his

science test(a first), my daughter telling me she has too many

friends, but that’s OK; and OH! getting 12 green traffic lights out

of 13 on the way to work last Thursday.   All the small things,

all thrilling in their way. I guess I am a bit of  THRILLIONAIRE

really, the best way to be rich.



You are the lucky ones …..You are human, and therefore have

a rare capacity of thought.

Sophie’s World Page 100 Jostein Gaarder


Some contend, in poetry, that the mind is dangerous and should

be left out. Well, the mind is dangerous and should be left in.

~~ Robert Frost ~


“ Just Curiosity… “

           Sir Mark Oliphant


"Any sufficiently advanced technology is  indistinguishable from magic."

- Arthur C. Clarke


Map Jokes

These great map jokes are courtesy of Douglas Caldwell


Q. What do you call a map guide to Alcatraz?

A. A con-tour map.


Q.  Why didn't the map have any meridians?

A.  It was a map of a parallel universe.


Q.  What is the tidiest element on a map?

A.  The neatline.


Q.  Why did the cartographer put a band-aid on the map?

A.  Because it had a bleeding edge.


Q.  What do John Wayne and a map key have in common?

A.  Both are legends.


Q.  Why was longitude boiling mad?

A.  Because it was 360 degrees.


Q.  Why was the map gesturing wildly?

A.  It was an animated map.


Q.  Why are maps like fish?

A.  Both have scales. 


Q.  Why do senior military officials like small scale maps?

A.  Because they have been GENERAL-ized. 


Q. What is smarter, longitude or latitude?

A. Longitude, because it has 360 degrees


Q. What do you call a map showing the heights of leafy-stemmed

perennial herbs measured in centimeters?

A. A daisy metric map


Q. What do you get when you cross a cowboy with a mapmaker?

A. A cow-tographer.


Q. What did the mapmaker send his sweetheart on Valentine’s Day?

A. A dozen compass roses. 


Q. What do you call a USGS quadrangle with green water,

blue forests, and all the names spelled backwards?

A. A topo-illogical map.



Hoax's - There are a lot of 'friendly' virus warning going around

at the moment- like the one I've received more than once titled 

jdbgmgr.exe, surprise, surprise.,,.it's a HOAX. Don't be fooled by

those who want to advise you of a dangerous 'new' virus -




Check out what is real and what is not before you act, go to

the Symantec website





Apple website info Education - Especially for Australia - review

distinguished schools program


KEYNOTE – Apple's New Presentation Software

This is a fantastic program.  I loved it.  I comes package with

A 97 page User’s Guide, don’t even bother with it.  Take a wonder

Round the menus, look at the drop down themes box and then

just goto file/Open Samples/Presentation Tips, and run this Keynote

presentation.  Use the button bar at the top of the view window, and

keep the inspector dialogue box open while you work. 


No steep learning curve, this program does what all programs should,

it is immediately usable.  It allows you to get on with the job of

making a great presentation, rather than learning a new program.


THE RESULTS well the RESULTS are amazing. Keynote includes

professionally designed themes, amazing typography, pro-quality

image resizing, animated charts and tables that can be created in

seconds, and cinematic-quality transitions Superbly professional

looking, and avoiding the dozens of irritating dialogue boxes so

common in windows based programs.


The beauty of keynote is that it CAN be imported and played in

PowerPoint – some features are lost though.  It can also be saved

as a QUICKTIME movie, This method retains all the wonderful effects

and features.  The best way to play the movie on Windows is to install QUICKTIME 6 at:

Macs will already have QUICKTIME installed. There are MPEG

Keynote tutorials at the apple site.

Keynote only works on OSX or higher.
It cost $195 and is a bargain.



Great Speeches Online

There are so many speeches at this site. Including Isaac Newton,

Einstein, Madonna etc. Speeches are divided into categories

and are alphabetical.  There is also a search engine at

the site.  There is also a category on War and Diplomacy which

is particularly pertinent at the moment.

80 years of Political Oratory

A great mix of speeches

Have the sound on when you go this one.

Speeches from the Australian War Memorial


Speeches of Protest & Peace from Trinity College



Goto the How Stuff works site and search for Easter' , this site

offers lots of info suitable for upper primary and High School students

Make a marshmallow Bunny at

Sitting Hen

Easter Word Puzzles

Pokemon Easter Egg Holders - do you believe it???

The children will love it!!!!

Try the Paper Bag Bunnies or the Amazing Transparent Easter

Eggs on this Page - to a happy tune of the Easter Hat Parade

or turn the sound off)

More Stories and Poems for Easter - including some

Christian Easter Downloads

Scrambled Eggs Anyone - shockwave game You will really love this one.


Hello Cathy

For your next newsletter the EdNA Easter Links theme page

is at

Cheers Kerrie 

Thanks Kerrie




An interactive website with music theory tutorials for students and

teachers by Ricci Adams. Lesson topics include: staff, clef, and ledger

lines; note duration; measure and time signatures; rest duration; dots

and ties; simple and compound meter; odd meter; steps and accidentals

and more. A chord calculator, staff paper generator, and matrix

generator are available for online use. You can download the stand-alone

version of the trainers and utilities. There is also a forum for sharing

information and asking questions. Nicely done, Flash intensive.

K - Adult


Adrian's Great Site

The Symmetry webquest page is excellent, sticks to the subject

as well as being easy to navigate.  Some of the images are quite

fascinating and all sorts of symmetry is explained using wonderful

imagery. Go there your students will love it.


Here is a site full of  web - based

learning activities and I found this site

It has some very interesting links to sites that set up web based

activities for classrooms.



Site to help Australian Primary School children with their

assignmentsTopics include, Sport, Planet Earth, Animals, Food

and my Body, Technology and Inventions, Animals, Australia,

People and Places.Fantastic site


K-2 Part of ABC's online learning 15 interactive games, basic

maths concepts can be downloaded for offfline access.


Here's an interesting site - Journalist's toolbox

Suitable for 13 - Adult

There is a great range of research material, templates and ideas.

Current links to the Iraq-US conflict, also any current issues. 

Includes templates and online samples of writing.


Learn Effective Study Habits 12 years – adult


Who would have thought you could do that in your own kitchen?

It wasn't as hard as it sounds, and you may have everything you

need already in your kitchen cupboards. Even kids as young as 6

can probably do this with lots of help from you. Here are some of

the websites we used:



Dear Cathy,

Please would you let me know how I can receive your fab newsletter

With hyperlinks so that I can go straight to the sites you mention?


Gill    :-)


Hi Gill,

Hyperlinks are live on all my test emails, it could be setting on

you email program - however VT is available online at:-

All hyperlinks are live.


I'd love to check out your times table CD. I know my daughter (yr 5)

has problems and as a casual teacher (hoping for a full time position)

I'm sure it would come in handy.

Also can you let me know a site or book that can give me some ideas

for tessellations - how to teach (integrate maths and art?)



Hi Sonia,

My maths links page has a number of links to tessellations.

Check out the work of Makoto Nakamura of Japan, of M.C.

Escher the father of modern day tessellations, and also Marjorie Rice. 

Fascinating stuff. I'll let you know about the CD.

Hi Cathy,

I am a trainee teacher studying Creative Arts this semester, I noticed

in issue 61 you said you would be highlighting Visual Arts in issue 62.

My issue 62 has gone walkabout & I was wondering if it would be possible

to get another copy sent through? Also anything on Music Literacy would

be great. Love you newsletter, Thanks for your help,



Hi Tracey,

All VT issues are archived at :

You can also search the VT site from the directory page

using the google search engine - which will search only the VT site.

Issue 62 is at



Dear Cathy,

Thanks for such an informative and useful site. Your newsletter is

absolutely marvelous.

A while ago you were talking about a quiz using PowerPoint.

I am a R-1 teacher and have been inspired by your newsletter

to have a go. I have a simple presentation of  5 slides, each

with a two part question which is hyperlinked to a right or wrong

slide. Both of which I have added a sound. My problem is that

the sound on each slide will only work once and when I go back

to that slide it doesn't play the sound anymore. Also is there a

way that once a child clicks on the right answer it will take them

to the "right slide" and then automatically take them to the next

question. I hope you can help me with this as I have tried everything.

I am using MS  PowerPoint 2000.

Many thanks and please keep up the good work

Gaby Cirillo


Hi Gaby,

1. Sounds will work on mouse click or automatically in conjunction

with the entry or exit animation only.

2. Sounds can be played throughout a presentation by cueing

sound to the initial slide and setting duration for the full show.

3. Repeated Sounds can be played on mouse over and mouse

click using the action buttons for sounds in the Slideshow/action

buttons dialogue box.  Set action to none and select sound.


When child clicks on the right answer this should be hyperlinked

to the 'right answer' slide. Then there are 2 ways to progress:-

1. Simply click to progress to next slide(make the 'next question'

right after the 'right answer' slide)

2. Use an action button for the 'next question' and hyperlink to

the next question slide.


The wrong answer should be hyperlinked to a slide that says

'try again'  this can be a generic slide if buttons for each answer

are available on the slide for the child to select question to return

too, or individual slides for each wrong answer can be used.


Just is effective and my personal favourite is to hyperlink the

right answer to the 'right answer' slide.  Then set up incorrect

answers to look like the hyperlinks using the same colour and

underlining.  If the Student clicks on the answers nothing

happens until the right answer is selected.


10.  NEXT ISSUE-  Next issue we’ll look at Cartoon Tutorials,

send in your ideas and thoughts.  I am also interested to look

at library software for use on computer terminals throughout

the school.  Software that will link the library catalogue with

Internet resources, if you have a successful system in place

let me know. Have a great fornight.

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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