Virtual Teacher Newsletter  No. 75  June 13th  2003 ­ EVOLVE



Newsletter Archives can be found at:-



1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy

3. WWWinfo ­ National Parks

4. New Printables -  Student Centred learning

5. Technical Stuff ­ Acrobat 6

6. Web Site Focus - Darwin

7. GREAT APES - Online Learning

8. Great Sites

9.  Readers' Requests/Comments

10 Next Issue

11. Code of 'Netizens'

12. Tips


1. WELCOME EVERYONE.  I attended the IES Conference

yesterday, I presented a paper on ³Customised Leaner Centred

Instruction² , had some great feedback and met some VT subscribers. 

It is wonderful to share IDEAS and ICT practices in this type of forum.

It was well run at the Boulevarde Hotel in Sydney, with some

excellent speakers, the stand-out for me on day 2 was Wendy Herbert

from Sydney Girls High who gave a paper on ³ Menopause and

Megabytes ­ Technology Change in Schools².  Next year is sure to

be even bigger and better, perhaps Wendy¹s topic will be GreyPower

and Gigabytes. This type of Conference is must for folk who are in

ITC ­ it is a brilliant way to share ideas and gain new insights. 

Best comment on the day was ³It made me think.²


Another great day of seminars was last Tuesday at the Wesley

Centre with Adobe.  Three sessions on the applications of

Adobe Acrobat 6.  The new version is just fantastic.  Just the

thing for reviewing and editing files, and uploading to the web. 

These sessions are great opportunities for teachers to learn

about new programs, in a professional entertaining atmosphere. 

They are not held in the 'library' or someone else¹s assembly

hall, they are held in quality conference centres.  The presenters

are excellent, entertaining and informative.  The content is

comprehensive and certainly gives a great indication of the

potential of a piece of software.  There are third party suppliers

on site, so you can also see the latest printers, educational

programs, cameras, software and books etc.  There is

usually at least one free pen or squeezy toy - a real biggy,

and of course free coffee and biscuits, REAL brewed coffee. 

These professional seminars are days not to be missed, and

provide teachers with valuable updates and information about

on software. DON'T miss the next one.

  Great stuff.



Chaos breeds life while order breeds habits'          

Henry Adams.


To cope with a changing world, ant entity must develop the

capacity of shifting and changing - of developing new skills

and attitudes; in short, the capability of learning.'

A De Gues, The Living Company


'It's not the biggest, the brightest, or the best that will survive,

but those who adapt the quickest'.        Charles Darwin


'To raise new questions, new problems, to regard old problems

from a new angle requires creative imagination and makes

real advances'

Albert Einstein


'Creative people are uneasy about the status quo; they live

on the edge of their competence. They place themselves in

situations where they don't know what is going to happen.

They accept confusion, uncertainty, and the higher risks of

failure, as part of the process' David Perkins


Try a lot of stuff - keep what works!'        Anon


3. WWWinfo

NSW National Parks and Wild Life Service



IES Conference Paper



Adobe Acrobat 6 Read the eweek review,3959,1007820,00.asp

Edsoft is an Educational supplier for Adobe you can contact them

through Linda at


Dynamic Drive Scripts ­ great funŠ

Flying bats? Sounds like Hogwarts to me!

If you still want your stars, just swap the graphic on this snow effect.

Or a whole lot of different effects to choose from....


6. WEBSITE FOCUS The story of Darwin is a great little story. 

Starting with a reluctant young Darwin a problem at school,

always collecting damn bugs and never paying attention in class. 

But with a passion for nature.  Here¹s a guy that had some great

adventures, provided great insights into understanding human

evolution. And wrote some world stopping books.

Online Books Site including

Voyage of the Beagle

The Origin of Species

The Origin of Species - 6th Edition

The Descent of Man


7. GREAT APES -  Online Project

This project has only one page up so far, you will need to

write to Muriel at the email address below if you are interested.

Hi Cathy

I would like to inform you about a new Internet-based project

that is just starting. It would be great if you could mention it in

your next newsletter.

The website is

Project Description

An online collaborative project for children of the world to discuss

 issues and raise awareness of the plight of the great apes

through online activities including a research project, a world

action project and creative exchanges of art and writing between

participating schools. Student work will be published on the

project website and published in hard copy. All participants will

contribute to an electronic montage, a copy of which will be

displayed in all participating countries as a celebration of


The Great Apes Project is designed to be a collaborative effort

between students around the world to highlight the plight of the

Great Apes and to undertake activities to improve the situation

of the Great Apes by raising awareness and taking action. The

following activities are designed for teachers and students who

are just entering the project.


Research Project to look at who/what are the great apes,

where do they live, what are the threats to their habitat, what

conservation and protection efforts are currently happening,

what can be done? Students brainstorm ideas to help protect

 the Great Apes. Students prepare and share a multimedia



Writing and Art Exchange: Students produce writing (stories

and poems) and art about the Great Apes and hold an exhibition

of art and writing in the school/community or get an article in the

 local paper or produce a booklet of all the writing or create a

Great Apes mural for the school.  The artwork and writing can

be converted to a digital format and will be published on the web site  


Great Apes Declaration: All schools in the project  will think

about and discuss what they would like to be included in a

Great Apes Declaration about the conservation of the Great

Apes. The declaration is a collaborative effort of the schools

who are initially involved in the project and schools will work

together to compile a final draft.  The Great Apes Declaration

can be adopted by individual classes, schools or communities.

It can be displayed in participating schools and on the project

web site. It can also be sent to relevant organizations and government

bodies. Participating schools can decide who should be sent the



World Action Project:  Participating schools will identify  an

action that students will take together to help the situation of

the Great Apes.  Schools will work together to define the

focus of the World Action Project. 


Muriel Wells

School of Social and Cultural Studies

Faculty of Education

Deakin University



LOTE Sites

Virtual Japanese

Go Indonesian

Primary French Website


Physics Classroom

This is a fantastic site with multimedia animations of physics concepts as well as tutorials and quizzes. It¹s fun and enjoyable to paly with as well as having high quality information.


Pitsco's Guidelines for Hands-on Competitions

Competition Guidelines from

Pitsco consists of guidelines for 32 hands-on competitions. Print the

guidelines in simple text form or download the full-color, printable

document. You are free to print, copy, and even modify them, if you

wish, to suit your purpose.






Hi Cathy

I just love to get your newsletter it has so much information in it - Thanks!

Do you have any links to good sites re advertising (in Australia)

I am doing a unit for year 7/6 and have found lots of American info

but want Australian info. I have looked through you archives but

have not seen anything. Any information would be much appreciated


Kate Day


Hi Kate,

My other company Combridge International has a number of quicktime TVC's which we shot in HD - you are welcome to use at:-

B & T is an Australian Industry magazine

Advertising Agencies list

Australian Broadcasting Authority Info and Compliance.

VT Create your own add


Hi Cathy,

I love the newsletter and the site. Great work keep it up.

If there is anything you want off the iShine site give us a yell!


Greg Alchin

Director ­ iShine

Imagineer ­ ideate (

Editor ­ ŒVerve Œ

Apple Special Features Editor ­ Information Transfer   

CC - Anson St SSP

Apple Educator of Excellence


Hi Cathy,

My name is Nikki Deighton.  I am on the list for receiving Virtual's such a beaut resource!  Thanks for developing it!


I am writing to seek your permission to include your Virtual Teacher URL

/ and home page image and a link in some training materials I am

developing for IBM.  They have an IBM volunteer program which has IBM

people going out to the community to work with them in different areas.

I am working on some teacher PD modules.  The kinds of resources in

Virtual Teacher would be fabulous to tell teachers (around the world -

these volunteers could be anywhere!) about. 


If you're happy for me to include a grab of the Virtual Teacher homepage

and also your URL...and maybe a little summary of what Virtual Teacher

is...then please let me know as soon as you can.  I will be completing

the modules by Friday 4 June (I am hoping) and your permission would be

most appreciated.


Nikki Deighton

principal consultant




Hi Nikki,

Go right ahead.


Hi, Cathy

Just wondered what you use to manage your newsletter list?




Hi Terry,

I use mojo mail.


Dear Cathy,

What are the legal rights of a teacher who suspects a student is

deliberately using 'scripting key' hacking software to infect a network and

ultimately the state network.  Can we search the laptop (which the student

owns)?  Can we confiscate this laptop for a period of time to ascertain if

software of this nature is on it?  Would appreciate your advice or any

reports of this kind of problem from around the country?


Andrew Jones- Laptop teacher

Does anyone have  any ideas on this one???


Hi Anthony,

From my limited understanding children with this syndrome seem

to prefer very directed type activities - ones without too much creativity.  Computers seem to be soothing to these children.

CDs suitable are the reader rabbit series, circus maths, maths

blaster series, phonics alive series, and any really highly directed CD.

Lots of times children with this problem become inpatient with the www,

I prefer working with offline CDs.  Sites suitable for this though would include:-

Here are just a few - however - the CD games are better, the

more directed the better.

Does anyone else have some suggestions here???? In the

US there are some studies done on brain wave pattern control

via computers using games ­ I am keen to get more info on

this aspect of computing ­ is anyone savvy???


10. NEXT ISSUE ­ We¹ll take a look at Aboriginal Art Sites

and I will again try to cover intranets, as well as some of the great

ideas from the IES Conference. Have a good fortnight.




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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