Virtual Teacher Newsletter  No. 75 July 25th  2003 ­ RESIDENT ALIEN



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1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy

3. WWWinfo

4. New Printables -  Text Types

5. Technical Stuff - G4 & Netscape 6.1 & Blender

6. Web Site Focus - Outer Space

7. Better Bookweek Links

8. Great Sites

9.  Readers' Requests/Comments

10 Next Issue

11. Code of 'Netizens'

12. Tips


1. WELCOME EVERYONE. I don't think I have ever been busier

in my life.  I think this is great fun.  I have just purchased a printing

business and I am busy turning it digital in my spare time.  Still

working in schools with ITC, as well, this new endeavor is fantastic,

once again I can look at the whole ITC area and relate it back to

teaching and learning in schools.  The perspectives and insights

are brilliant.  I have just 'acquired' a wonderful lightbox which will be

installed in a school shortly; we are investigating dpi, file formats,

ratios and lots lots more, so much mathematics, so little time.

Much more about this in future issues.  It's a beautiful sunny day

in Sydney, life is wonderful.





 35. State worker

 34. Legally drunk

 33. Exact estimate

 32. Act naturally

 31. Found missing

 30. Resident alien

 29. Genuine imitation

 28. Airline food

 27. Good grief   (for Charlie Brown fans)

 26. Government organization

 25. Sanitary landfill

 24. Alone together

 23. Small crowd

 22. Business ethics

 21. Soft rock

 20. Butt head

 19. Military intelligence

 18. Sweet sorrow

 17. Rural metro  (ambulance service)

 16. "Now, then . . ."

 15. Passive aggression

 14. Clearly misunderstood

 13. Peace force

 12. Extinct life

 11. Plastic glasses

 10. Terribly pleased

 9. Computer security

 8. Political science

 7. Tight slacks

 6. Definite maybe

 5. Pretty ugly

 4. Rap music

 3. Working vacation

 2. Religious tolerance

 And the number one oxymoron .

 1. Microsoft Works  (Macintosh-only users, trust me on this one)


3. WWWinfo


This page has a few downloadable versions

For related map stuff try these


National Geographic Map Machine Online

or a downloadable

version for kids

This site has BLM of maps of the world and lots or related

resources in the left frame


4. NEW PRINTABLES - Print them Out and Use them

A little bit of organisation help from Adrian.

To gain the most from collaborative computer tasks my monitors have these

job descriptions stuck on them and the children each wear a

badge with their role.



Version 1.4 is out now

AND IT IS FREE TO ALL USERS - no pop ups, no sly agreements

with the company ;) , the kids can download it at home for free


The Children's Medical Research Institute and St Philip's Christian College,

Waratah would like to invite you to a Science Teachers' Forum on Genetics

To be held at:

St. Philip's Christian College (Worship Centre)

30 Bridge St., Waratah, 2298, Newcastle

On Tuesday 26th August 2003

8.30am - 4.00pm


The theme of the day is to address areas of the new H.S.C syllabus for

Biology Teachers in the core Blue Print of Life and the options The Code

Broken and Biotechnology.

Speakers will cover:

Genes in Development, Gene Therapy, Transgenic Organisms and their Uses,

Polygenic Inheritance and the Environment, and Bioethics.

Notes will be issued as part of the registration

Lunch and Morning Tea will be provided

Cost: covers all notes and Morning Tea/Lunch

          - $45.00 (inc. G.S.T)


Sponsors: Endeavour Education, will present new Junior and Senior Science

Texts. Bookings are essential - please contact either:

Robyn Horsley



Dr Lisa Melton



Programme - Science Teachers Forum on Genetics

            8.30    Registration

            8.50    Welcome

            Mr Graeme Irwin

                        Principal, St Philip's Christian College

            9.00    Recombinant DNA Technology

                        Dr Judith Scott

                        Newcastle University/Hunter Medical Research Institute

            9.50    Gene Therapy

                        Dr Lisa Melton

                        Children Medical Research Institute

            10.40  Morning Tea (Provided)


            11.15  Bt Cotton and its uses in Agriculture


            12.05  Genes In Development

                        Dr David Loebel

                        Children's Medical Research Institute

            12.55  Lunch (Provided)

            1.45    Polygenic Inheritance & the Environment

                        Bronwyn Burgess

                        Genetic Counselor, Hunter Genetics Unit

            2.30    Bioethics

                        Dr Rachel Ankeny

                        Director and Senior Lecturer

                        Unit of History and Philosophy of Science

                        Sydney University


Have you checked out the world council gifted conference

program at

 (Download draft program) - amazing

Not often we have so much expertise available in Australia (apart from

our own, of course). Anyone going to be in Adelaide for this? I'm presenting

on gifted children's opinions of their educational needs (including their



6. WEBSITE FOCUS ­ Reading Resources from Adrian Bruce

Bossy e / Magic e

Capital Match

Sight Word Bingo with Motivational Quotes

Reading Posters

Contractions Concentration

A CVC game

Reading Snakes and Ladders

Word Race for er, ir and ur



BBC Science Human Body

A rich site that covers a variety of topics using multiple approaches

(factual text, flash movies, interactive quizzes). Sections include:

Interactive body (organs game, skeleton game, muscle game, nervous

system game, puberty demo); Psychological tests (Can you read faces?

What disgusts you? Are you a thrill seeker?); and printable versions for


Alfy's Picks For the Human body - includes games activities, lesson plans etc

Human Anatomy Online - mouse over images of each of the body systems

Human Body Systems - links to activities and resources on WWW:

Human Body Teaching Theme - includes clipart, resource materials, downloads,

webquests, worksheets, interactive sites etc.

Human Body Unit - links to human body sites

Brainpop - short animated movies on each of the body systems

Webquest - The Body Mission



Degas and the Dance (Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Organized thematically, the exhibition gives compelling insights into

the life and work of ballerinas while also tracing Degas' development

over five decades as "the painter of dancers." The gallery includes a

clickable map and reproductions. Degas for Kids

consists of very simple interactive activities that explain what's going

on in the paintings. Requires Flash.


FREE Early Learning Worksheets




Cartoonster's free online tutorials provide step by step instructions

for drawing and animating. Techniques are simple and can be done with no

special materials. The site is totally flash-driven and full of examples

that make sense.


Linda's Links to Literature

This website has 11,000+ links to activities and lesson plans for

children's and young adult literature. Search by first letter of the

title which then leads to books that start with that letter and related

lessons. This is a useful finding aid for lesson plans and resources for

specific book titles.


If you are looking for an online activity for your class for next term,

there are some activities in the SACK project that are open to classes

across Australia (even overseas if you are not in Oz)

Have a look at

In particular Introductions, Grocery Shopping List, Book reviews, Sliced

Up, and Quiz Collaboartion are all 'open' activities.

In addition Tekulayo, the Cheetah (a travel buddy ) has some spots

available at the end of next term and the beginning of Term 4

There are a couple classes that are for SA schools only.


Dear Principals and Teachers

 is a joint Commonwealth/Monash University

initiative to create an IT learning environment around food and

nutrition for prep to year 7. The site provides children with an

opportunity to publish their own work. In addition, the food themes

cover a range of subjects (including language, art, maths and science)

that would assist teachers in their classroom activities.

Attached is a Treasure Hunt Activity Sheet (and Answer Sheet) that

teachers may wish to use to introduce kids to the site. This may also be

used as an IT exercise.

Many thanks for your time.

Best wishes




Hi Cathy

A short question, How can I monitor and limit the number of pages print over the network in my library. The library uses NT 4.0 on 18 PC's. Any software solutions you could recommend or settings to change would be greatly appreciated.




Does anyone have any suggestions???? I work on an honour system and monitor activities, I have set guidelines for printer usage.


Hi Cathy,

With regard to the ants in the apple phonics program do you know

where I can purchase it? I am after the music and program.

Many many thanks


Hi Jody,

website at:


Have just seen a great resource for schools who have any version of Kid Pix

- "Kid Pix Trix" from Edsoft who have it on special this month. I think it's

great value too - A hard copy full colour book and the book on CD for your

server with an unlimited site licence for $79.95. Completely cross platform

too.  I'd been using Kid Pix with students for 10 years and it taught me a

few tricks. Great resource for all levels and especially those who are new

to using it. the author, Helen Lister, has been using Kid Pix well for years

and its great she's sharing her knowledge and expertise with the wider

education community.


Robin Vargo


10.          NEXT ISSUE ­ More mathematics in the print department

and 3D drawing programs, send your ideas and thoughts, donšt

leave it all to  Adrian ­ wonderful stuff.


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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