Virtual Teacher Newsletter  No. 82  A LITTLE BIT OF MAGIC ­ November 15th 2003




1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy

3. WWWinfo - Norad

4. New Printables -  Christmas Star

5. Technical Stuff ­ Clean-up

6. Web Site Focus - Project Gutenberg!

7. Christmas Links

8. Great Sites

9.  Readers' Requests/Comments

10 Next Issue

11. Code of 'Netizens'

12. Tips


1. WELCOME EVERYONE.  The year is drawing to a close

and all too soon it will be Christmas. End of year concerts,

end of year parties.  This newsletter has lots of Christmas links for

all ages, as well as ideas for Christmas concerts and the latest links

to intel on SANTA himself.  A little bit of magic, a little bit of mystery

and lots of fun. Exams are over, or nearly over, so kick back and

enjoy it. 



Life is not an answer it is a question.

GLEF Video


"Late night TV is very educational. It teaches you that you

should have gone to bed earlier." - James Dent s


"What [most schools] don't teach is, 'How do you create your

own knowledge? How do you merge your own ideas and the

ideas that are already out there to create even more powerful

ideas?' That's the piece that expeditionary learning really helps

with." - Hae-Sin Kim, principal of ASCEND, in Oakland, California.

The Little School that Did.


"I think there's a switch in all of us, something that turns us on..."

The Little School that Did.


Sennight (SEN-yt) noun

A week.

[From Middle English, from Old English seofon nihta, from

seofon (seven) +nihta, plural of niht (night).]

Fortnight is a cousin of today's word. Twice as long as a

sennight, it's a compressed form of "fourteen night".   -Anu


3. WWWinfo Norad

The Real Truth about Santa ­ Stay Tuned



Make your childrenšs STARS.  Copy on A4 or do a fit to

page on A4 if you can in colour or Black and white.  Ask your

children to draw, or photograph themselves, for the middle of

the star.  Clever/Older folk can import the image and place a

digital photo in the centre circle.  This is a great activity for

budding high school photographers and end of year liaisons

with primary schools.


5. TECHNICAL STUFF ­ computers slowing down ­ browsers

merely dawdling

Clean-up your computers for 2004.

FREE Computer Software Programs including Clean-up programs. 

Clean-up your programs, get rid of unwanted files and spyware

ready for the new year.



What could be wrong??


6. WEBSITE FOCUS -Project Gutenberg!

Project Gutenberg is the Internet's oldest producer of FREE

electronic books         (eBooks or eTexts).

Project Gutenberg is the brainchild of Michael  Hart , who in 1971

decided that it would be a really good idea if lots of  famous and

important texts were freely available to everyone in the world.

Since then, he has been joined by hundreds of volunteers who

share his vision. Now,  more than thirty years later,

Project Gutenberg has the following figures (as of November 8th 2002):

203 New eBooks released during October 2002, 1975 New

eBooks produced in 2002 (they were 1240 in 2001) for a total

of 6267 Total Project Gutenberg eBooks. 119 eBooks have been

posted so far by Project Gutenberg of Australia .

WOW does this one get you out of trouble with late night last

minute quotes or WHAT!!!


7. Christmas Links

Virtual Teacher Christmas Links


Dear Cathy,

Love the regular ideas & info in your e-mag!

Some ideas for Xmas Templates:

(this one has a few options & all of the links may not work,

but lots of fun

ideas to get the creativity flowing)

(good one for scavenger hunting)

(a variety)

Hope they're helpful!


Berkeley PS


Songs for the End of Year Concert

Marvelous Toy

Site packed with everything, and I mean everything.




smART Kids helps students, particularly 7 to 12 year olds, look

at art,  learn art vocabulary, explore materials, and find out about

historic  pieces of art. Students can visit an artist's studio, create art,

and are prompted to use a journal to record ideas and answer

questions about  art. Created by the education staff at The David

and Alfred Smart Museum

of Art, University of Chicago.


What exactly is a folk tale? A folk tale is any story that has been

passed down through the generations. Folk tales are so familiar

to us that we can tell them without having the written text in front

of us.  This WebQuest would be especially meaningful after a brief 

study of familiar folk tales, fairy tales and fables.


Beetle Science

"We live in the age of beetles," claims a group of scientists devoted

to the  study of this diverse and abundant insect order.


LEARN Information Literacy Initiative

Created by South Australian TAFE Libraries, this interactive tutorial

provides an online learning opportunity for students to gain useful

skills in locating and using information based on the Australian

Information Literacy Standards. The main sections are: Introduction,

Analyse your assignment, Identify needed resources, Identify keywords,

Search the library catalogue, Find it on the shelf, Search the Web,

Evaluate and cite your sources. Although created for Australians

students, it can be used by anyone.




I have been searching for a webquest for a gifted grade 5 student in the area of drawing or painting.  Could be a study of an artist or techniques of drawing.  Anything arty.  Can you help?

Love your site

Cheers Diana Michalek

Hi Diana,


VT has some great links

For this age group I quite like




I received my first copy of the Virtual teacher around the 18th October but not one since. It was a great publication. Am I getting pushy in looking for the next?

Hi Charles


Last VT sent out on Saturday.  You are on the list - however

if your hotmail box is full it will bounce - check this out ­

also empty your trash.

link to latest newsletter


Dear Cathy,

Although I was a secondary teacher, I love your newsletters.

Many of the links you provide, nicely categorised into themes,

suit my purposes also.



Knowledge College Tutors


Hi Cathy,

Is this the program mentioned on Today Tonight?


Isidora Carpenter-Rowland


Hi Isidora,

MathsPOWER was mentioned about the middle of the year in

one of these programs.  They interviewed some students. 

Probably was Today Tonight.  This program is a great program to

look at with the view to implementing school wide.  At the moment

the marketing is directly to parents not so much to schools however

one school, St Clair High School, has taken the plunge.  This is the

way of the future for schools. A rigorous software program that can

cover the basics for all students at their own pace. Allowing the

teachers to get on with the more important tasks of teaching

mathematical thinking, discussing mathematical ideas and encouraging enthusiasm.  Greater benefits for the teacher in that he/she is not

re-teaching the same things over and over again, greater benefits

for the students as they can learn at their own pace and repeat lessons

when they require, as well as fast track lessons they find easier.


10.  NEXT ISSUE ­ A little more Christmas ­ a lot of vacation,

send in your ideas about the best vacations for the Christmas


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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