Virtual Teacher Newsletter  No. 45  March 8th 2001- TO BOLDLY GO




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1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy

3. WWWinfo- Gov site

4. New Printables -  Revamped Science Links page

5. Technical Stuff - More Inservices

6. Web Site Focus - Peotry Day 21st March


8. Great Sites

9.  Readers' Requests/Comments

10 Next Issue

11. Code of 'Netizens'

12. Tips


1. WELCOME EVERYONE. Resistance is futile. You will be

inspired (Star Trek on Teaching). I love Star Trek, the new series

has started here, and there are a lot of valuable lessons to be

learned from the Trekkers.  Like, When going out into the

Classroom, remember: "Boldly go where no one has gone before"

For more Star Trek advice try :

I have Regigged the maths link page at Virtual Teacher take

another look at it there are some great sites.  I will be having a

meeting next week with some folk about improving the Internet

access for schools in NSW, (if you want to read about it check

out last Sunday’s Sun Herald, Sydney page 19),  so I would love

to hear how other schools who have managed to provide good

reliable access for their students and staff, I am  particularly

interested in details from WA and other good models;

please email me  with some links and details.

In the meantime: “Live long and prosper”.



A teenage boy to his father... "Here's my report card and a

list I've compiled of entrepreneurs who never finished high

school." --Charles Almon in The Wall Street Journal


It is better to fill your days with life than to fill your life with days.


Did you know that Cinderella was a lousy basketball player?

What did you expect? She only had a PUMPKIN for a coach!

[Thanks to Steven Scott.]


Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.  John Cotton Dana


Wordsmith is a great resource, I have subscribed and get a

daily new word.  Here is one of my favourites:-

sockdolager (sok-DOL-uh-juhr) noun


   1. A decisive blow or remark.


   2. Something exceptional or outstanding.


[Of unknown origin, apparently from sock.]


This sockdolager of a word has an unusual claim to fame in the US

history. It turned out to be the cue on which John Wilkes Booth

fired his shot at President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was watching the

play "An American Cousin" in Ford Theater on that fateful night. His

killer, Booth, an actor himself and aware of the dialog, knew the line

that brought the loudest burst of laughter from the audience was:


   "Well, I guess I know enough to turn you inside out, you sockdologising

   old man-trap."


Booth fired his gun at that precise moment to muffle the loud noise

of his shot with the guffaws from the audience, and quietly escaped.


3. WWWinfo

The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and

the Arts, Senator Richard Alston, last Thursday(28th February)

launched the new single entry point to

government information and services –



Revamped Science link for VT.  See it at:-

Try some of Peter's sites - great ideas, easily downloadable.



Four days of Professional development for Arts teachers and

community members interested in arts practice. The focus on

the Broome workshops will be: Dance, puppetry, drama, music,

visual arts, curriculum.

Dates: 16th - 19th April

Enrolments by 14th march

Please contact gwen Knox, regional ArtsEdge Coordinator. (gwen knox)


Thursday 28th February

I run a High School Educational outreach program here at

Macquarie University, Sydney.

We are running four workshops this year to cater for IPT

and SDD teachers.

We have: Project Management on the 16th March

Overview of Computing Languages 6-7th April

Introduction to Web Technology 3 August

Advanced Web Technology 31st August

Please visit this web page for more information:


Inservice for High School Teachers

Victoria Farrell

High School Liaison

Division of Information and Communication Sciences

Room E6A 239

Ph(02) 9850 9108

Fax(02) 9850 9502


Computing teacher workshops (below cost)


16th March


This workshop relates to both IPT Project Work 9.1 Stage 6 and to Project Management

in SDD Stage 6. Prof. Ray Offen will cover software development approaches, CASE

tools, systems documentation and processes with a range of activities and role-plays

devised for the classroom. The resources and activities can relate to specific areas of

the syllabus teachers wish to focus on.

Closing Date for registration 11th March 2002

Overview of Computing Languages

Date: 6-7th April


This two day workshop relates to the SDD Stage 6 Option Evolution of Programming

Languages. It will cover the historical development of the main language paradigms

and their features, strengths and weaknesses. Practical activities will focus on

developing exercises and materials suitable for classroom use.

Closing Date for registration 18th March 2002

Web Technology (Introductory)

Date:3rd August


This workshop covers basic HTML, graphics and basic web tools.

This course is for the beginner web page designer.

Closing Date for registration 29th July 2002

Web Technology (Advanced)

Date:31st August


This covers client-server programming, CGI and other advanced

web development techniques.

Closing Date for registration 26th August 2002




Here's a sample of some great poetry sites, these and others

can be sound at:-

30 Days of Poetry

Steven Herrick

Read some of Steven Herrick's Poems

Scroll down the page and write a 'refrain poem' or a 'monologue poem'

Australian Poetry - Australia's Cultural Network

A great Australian resource.

This site at the Australian Culture and Recreation Portal

argues that poetry has shaped our Australian national character.

Legend is what shapes national character and our legends are told

and retold across time and space through poetry. The site

contains a brief history of unique movements in Australian

poetry, links to works of Australian poets, and useful classroom



Poetry Corner - an Online Project - great site simple to follow.

In this project students express themselves creatively

when they write poetry for a worldwide audience. Individual schools

involved will be able to make their own anthologies of poems from

around the world. Poem formats will be changed approximately

every four weeks and students will be able to immerse themselves

into a variety of different poems. During the month poems

are emailed to a project coordinator where they are collated

into an anthology of children's poetry for all to read.

This is a Global Classroom project also listed on OzProjects.



Thinking hats


Critical Thinking Resources


Bloom's Taxonomy of Cognitive Processes


Teaching Strategies



Are you a logical, verbal, tactile, or auditory learner?

Find out how to make your learning style work for you,

and also try out an inventory with your classes / students.

Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences


This site offers information on learning styles and multiple

intelligences, an interactive assessment of your learning

style/MI, and useful ideas to improve your learning power.

Learning Styles: A Multiple Intelligences Approach

Read descriptions of the seven intelligences. Scroll down

for an inventory. Use the intelligence categories to help

understand your strengths and weaknesses.


What's Your Child's Learning Style?

Choose pre-K-3 and learn if children are a visual, auditory,

or physical learner. You can also find out how you can use

this information to help children do better in school.


4. Learning Styles Questionnaire

Are you active or reflective? Sensing or intuitive? Visual or verbal?

This online survey provides you with a printout of your learning style.


5. Vark Questionnaire

How do you learn best? Find out your preferred learning style. If your

browser supports JavaScript your answers will be automatically scored.



Great HUMANITIES HISTORY Site - covering medieval, and

ancient cultures as well as a lot of literature and American history.

Upper primary - High school.


Edna online Search


The National Library of Australia : WORLD TREASURES

Have students explore the contributions of world cultures in this online

exhibit. Lessons in the teacher's section supports the online materials.

Each treasure lists the museum that houses it; an interesting

supplemental activity would have students uncover how foreign museums

ended up with another culture's treasure.

Grade Level: Elementary, Middle School, High School

Content Area: Arts (General), History & Social Studies (World History),

English (General)

Application Type: Resource, Lessons

From Blue-n-Web


The NASA Why? Files


The NASA Why? Files is a U.S. distance learning initiative that

integrates the use of a television broadcast, web site, and educators’

guide. The project uses Problem-Based Learning to introduce students in

grades 3-5 to NASA research and missions. The television broadcast(or

videotapes) and web site provides students with the opportunity to learn

subject matter and develop problem-solving skills while engaged in

real-world problems.


Grade Level: Elementary, Middle School

Content Area: Science (General), History & Social Studies (General),

Mathematics (Problem Solving)

Application Type: Resource, Activities, Lessons



ABC teach has a unit including worksheets & book titles on "Dragons":

This site has games, colouring pages, art & craft activities, etc on dragons:

A site on Dragon Tales:

How about Down Load a Dragon

 How about Down Load a Dragon



Hello Cathy

I love your newsletter!! How on earth do you do it??

I wondered if you could possibly direct me to any sites

that offer maths and problem solving for an advanced

8 year old. He needs something more than what he gets

at school and as a mother I am wanting to offer something

exciting at home without spending many hundreds of dollars.

I would love something that can first assess him, then offer

sideways extension. Any suggestions?

Kind regards

Jenny Nielsen-Jones

There are usually tests at the end of most text books. 

There are also books of problems which can be fun.


The VT site has a number of links which are worth investigating.


Also I like to introduce bright children of this age to maths

theories and proofs. You might also try the Dr math Problem

of the week - elementary at:-


One area that offers any easy start to this is the study of

prime numbers and patterns.


The NRICH site also has age appropriate problems and this

site also has  a news letter and many other links - well worth a look.


Some other proofs suitable might be - prove that angles of a

triangle add up to 180

Pythagorean Theorum proof

Look at square numbers

Look at pentagonal numbers

Look at triangular numbers

Look at perfect numbers, abundant numbers.

All great fun.





I have found tons of sites that review educational software.

Is there a site that gives general reviews and comments of

educational software Publishers?

From: Randy Zotter

EdNA is about to release a site called the National Software

Evaluation Project

which links in with the NSEP forum already in existence


The website will include the EdNA categories of Software

Sites, Software Reviews and Choosing Software which are

currently in the Using ICT in the Curriculum Category

from Kerrie Smith o Edna


Hi Cathy

My name is Sonia. I am in my 4th year of study (hope to be

teaching next year). I just wanted to let you know how much

I appreciate your continued efforts to produce this excellent

resource. I have been receiving VT for 18 months or so and

it has been an invaluable tool. My supervising teachers

(in practicums) have all been impressed with my computer skills –

using and making webhunts/quests; always having an appropriate

link or quote etc...

I am currently enrolled in an external unit 'Educating Students with

Special Needs in the Regular Classroom' and was wondering if

it would be OK for me to post links to your site and subscription

details to our student Bulletin Board? The subject matter of our

course includes G&T, learning difficulties etc and I think that any

beginning teacher could benefit from access to your seemingly

endless sources of knowledge and inspiration.



Hi Sonia,

The whole point of the newsletter is to get free info out to as many

Netizens as possible.  Be my guest - spread the word.




Dear Cathy,

I have been looking for the musical 'Time' in so many places and finally find it being quoted here. Any leads as to where I can find the actual tape or CD of the stage production?




Hi Peter,

The cd/record is not available in Australia nor ever has been –

according to my research.   It played in London about 20 years

ago or so as I recall.  It is possible that you will find the recording

from a London record company.  I would also love a copy –

so if you track it down let me know the source.  I actually played

the role here in an amateur production years ago - the lines on

the site were from my role in the play.  I love the lines and often

use them when teaching philosophy.




10.  NEXT ISSUE -  I’ll be looking at Maps and Mapping and

also, after a few requests at designing a good website.  So

send in your ideas.  I will also let you know what’s happening

out and about with web access in schools, so let me know

what you are doing.




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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