Virtual Teacher Newsletter  No. 72  May 30th  2003 ­  NEWTONıS LAWS



Newsletter Archives can be found at:-



1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy


4. New Printables -  Empowered Editing

5. Technical Stuff ­ Adobe Seminar, Apple X

6. Web Site Focus - Tessellations

7. Digital Portfolios

8. Great Sites

9.  Readers' Requests/Comments

10 Next Issue

11. Code of 'Netizens'

12. Tips


1. WELCOME EVERYONE. An incident the other day with a

couple of lads and an altercation. A thousand playgrounds replay

this same scene with Nietzschian like 'eternal recurrence'.  Somebody

gets angry and throws a punch, what do you expect, nothing? Right. Wrong. 

It was a mathematician who first recognised this and drew worldwide mathematical attention to it.  Who you say - why Newton of course. 

So here in every playground across the nation is a first hand example

of the Newton's 3rd Law:- "For every action, there is an equal and

opposite reaction."  The 'action' is the first punch, the 'opposite reaction'

is the second punch.  In this case, the punching case, the second

punch will probably be enhanced, that's called 'positive feedback';

ie. the opposite reactor decides to throw an even bigger and better

punch.  This is a bit of fun, however it is an interesting way to tackle

conflict be it physical or verbal.  Mathematicians have already worked

out that if you dish it out, you'll get it back, probably with interest. 

It's not just, your experience, my experience or breaking the rules,

it's The Bone Fide First LAW of Motion.



The starting point for strategic planning is not the present but the

future - a vision of where you want to be.... It is essential too that

the vision is based on the guiding philosophy, core beliefs, and

purpose of the organisation',               ERO Report 95


'We've got to do fewer things in school. The greatest enemy

of understanding is coverage... You've got to take enough

time to get kids deeply involved in something so they can

think about it in lots of different ways and apply it.'      

Howard Gardner


"How does one become a butterfly?" She asked pensively.

"You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up

being a caterpillar".'              Trina Paula


'If you can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can

teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the

learning process as long as he lives.'        Chinese prove


The principle goal of education is to create men and woman

who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating

what other generations have done'.               Jean Piaget


3. WWWinfo

Fair Trading - A students Guide to Consumer Rights - Great

site includes history and advice.

Never sign anything that you haven't read or understood - especially

if it has blank spaces. There's rarely a cooling-off period and if you

do cancel, you may be up for a hefty cancellation fee.

Renting Moving in Living there Your rights Renting contacts

Wheels Wheels contacts

Shopping and refunds Internet shopping Credit Managing

your credit card Credit contacts



I have revamped the EMPOWERED Editing instructions and

also included the VIRUS.doc,  these pages are elementary

editing lessons.



Adobe Acrobat 6 Roadshow

Do yourself a favour, attend an excellent professionally run

FREE seminar from Adobe this month.  Donıt miss the magic

of Adobe Acrobat 6.0.

³Roll up for one of these informative sessions and discover

everything Acrobat 6.0 can do close up ... we promise you'll

find it hard to believe  your eyes! ³

Its all happening 2nd-13th June - for the event closest to you


Apple Australia ­ Great Offer

22 May 2003

Apple Announces X for Teachers Program

Free copy of Mac OSXv10.2 to Australian K-12 Teachers

Mac OSX for Teachers program

Apple Australia is pleased to announce the X for Teachers

program which will provide all Apple approved K-12  Australian

teachers with a free copy of Mac OS X v10.2 when they join the

X for Teachers program between 2 May and 27 June 2003.

The program is designed to show teachers the stability and

manageability of Mac OS X and how it gives them a powerful

foundation for integrating technology into their classrooms.


Mac OS X v10.2 is Appleıs latest operating system.  Mac OS X

v10.2 has over 150 improvements and features, many driven by

the needs of educators, including a faster and more reliable Classic

mode for running Mac OS 9 applications, Universal Access,

simplified Finder for younger users, system lock down management,

Sherlock 3, QuickTime 6, Mail with junk mail filtering, Open

Directory, Windows File and Print Sharing, and more. And with over

4,000 Mac OS X applications available, including hundreds of

education-specific titles, educators have a wealth of third-party

solutions to use in the classroom.



Teaching and Learning with Technology

7th National Conference

12th ­ 13th June 2003

The Boulevarde Hotel Sydney

I will be speaking on

Teaching, Learning and Technology ­ Capturing the Opportunity for

Customised Learner-Centred Instruction.

Other Speakers include ­ Steve Coote ­ MLC School,

Renata McKenzie ­ Roseville College,

Wendy Herbert ­ Sydney Girls High etc.

Should be a great 2 day conference.

To register contact Talina Bicakcian in Sydney on 02 9425 760

"IES Conferences"

And let them know you heard it in VT.


6. WEBSITE FOCUS -   Gigafloppingly Brilliant TESSELLATIONS 

I have been completely side-tracked this week - love the side-track,

working with tessellations - great stuff.  From this art, language arts, mathematics and computer skills, through all years.

Mathematicians define "tessellate"  as covering a plane with a

pattern, and it is a concept that interests scientists and

artists, as well as mathematicians.


Starting with Art ­ Look at the work of  Escher (gradesK-12)

Particularly good examples of his work on tessellations are

³Fish² and ³Sun and Moon²


Intriguing Tessellations

Marjorie Rice discover four new tessellating pentagons in

the late 1970's.  (grades 6-12)


Tessellating Animation

Japanese artist Makoto Nakamura has taken tessellations a step

beyond the plane with his awesome animations.  See his

tessellated birds fly, his tessellated fish swim, and his

tessellated dancers dance. 

Use this site to describe animated tessellations.  Ask students

to describe the tessellations using metaphor andı first and thenı

 statements.  Ask students to write a written description of each

Tessellation and then turn off the computer and draw it using

their descriptions.  (grades K­ 2)

Next, visit Nakamura's Jigsaw Puzzles reassemble tessellated

cats, pigeons, gorillas and more. 


Totally Tessellated

It has a section on M.C. Escher, the Dutch artist and father

of modern-day tessellations. The Œessentialsı section had

detailed information about drawing tessellations. (grades 6-12)


What is a Tessellation?

This Math Forum page is a great introduction to tessellations

for those who know some geometry. (grades 4- 8)


Draw your own tessellation on ŒPaint²


Art and Math ­

Tessellations Tutorials


Tessellation Online Tools (grades K-5)

Tessellation Town

Tessellation Town ­ maths cats  is a particularly excellent site.

Pattern Blocks

Virtual Manipulatives



Overview of Literature


Great Sample of Kindergarten Digital portfolio done on Kid Pix


Thomastown East Primary Schoolıs Whole School Approach to

Digital Portfolio Planning


Virtual Teacher Digital Portfolio Using Inspiration



Very Cool Quiz Sites - make your own as well.


Plan your Own Classroom Layout Online

Plan your own layouts site


A resource site for lower primary teachers lesson plans.


Adrian Bruce's simple instructions for creating symmetrical

shapes using paint.

Donıt forget to go to 'next' and try the quiz as well


Racism No Way ­ Upper Primary Middle Secondary


Maths Worksheet creator


Disaster Links Great set of links from Alfredton Primary School



Cathy Excellent!!!!

I am a student studying outdoor education.  I am about to present

information technology and mathematics to first year students. I am a

1st come 2nd year student.  your site has been invaluable and I will

hopefully use your free newsletter as a part of my presentation.  I

think it would be invaluable for these students to immerse themselves

with the lingo and the like that is teaching. 

thank you



Hi Cathy,

This is really good.

and it is free.


adrian bruce


Thanks Bruce ­ hereıs a great crossword maker for all those who

are after one.



I seem to be annoying you a lot today, but I just returned from

long service and am catching up on lessons for the next few

weeks, making sure everything is relevant etc. In your template

entitled "Empowered Editing" you refer the kids to a file on the

server (Cathy in the Library Folder) on How Viruses Work.

Their task is to follow your directions to edit

Any chance of getting a copy?




Hi Terrie,

I made a few changes to Empowered editing and also included

the Virus.doc as well.  Really any document with mistakes on any

topic you like can be used for this. Both can now be downloaded at



Something weird must have happened to VT69 on my main computer

as I didn't get it. It's my problem not yours as I've just found it on the kids computer. This info is late but I hope this site

can be useful to Jan (VT69) It's got heaps of good stuff.

keep up the good work



This is a fantastic site Terrie - Just loved it.


Hi Cathy,

I have just received my first letter and have really enjoyed reading

through it. Is there any way I could see past newsletters with out

having all 70 sent to me? Any archives?



Hi Barb,

Archives are available at:-

A good method to use is a site search for topics of interest using

the google search tool on the directory page.  This search tool

only searched virtual teacher and the newsletters are fully indexed.



Can you help? The answer is simple and I've read it somewhere

but I can't find it now that I really need it!

When the ch'n are using WordArt, their WordArt graphics all

lock together and they can't move them. They can resize them

but they're still stuck next to each other.(I'm using the lesson in

VT templates on WordArt)

I know I have to turn something off or on!! Can you help?



Hi Terrie,

The graphics/picture will move using text input ie using return and

space bars unless you 'format' the picture/graphic.

To move the picture anywhere on the page, double click on the

picture/graphic, this bring up a menu, click on the layout tab,

select 'tight'.

The other tabs are interesting too, you can fiddle around with the

transparency, colours contrast and brightness etc.  This dialogue

box can also accessed through the "Format' menu, at the very

bottom will be the word 'picture', click on this and it will bring up

the same dialogue box.


Hi there

Our records indicate that your organisation's website contains

hyperlinks which go to the website of the NSW National Parks

and Wildlife Service (NPWS). These links would all start with

The NPWS recently launched a completely new website.

Unfortunately, this means that none of the NPWS links on your

organisation's website will work any more.

The new NPWS website is now found at

If you have any trouble finding anything that you were previously

linking to on the new site, don't hesitate to contact me.


Anthony Hutchings

Web Editor, NSW National Parks Service


Dear Sir/Madam:

Please consider creating a link from your "Australia" page to my

Educational resource "Nineteenth Century Exploration of Australia," at:

I maintain a series of sites on the Web on various subjects;

this most recent

one has been profiled in the "Scout Report" and elsewhere.

Thanks very much for your time and attention!

--Charles H. Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Western

Kentucky University,

Bowling Green KY U.S.A.



I will try and cover intranets and setting them up, Darwin and

LOTE sites.  There has been some great ideas and feedback

lately, keep writing.

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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