Virtual Teacher Newsletter  No. 48  April 19th 2002 – SPECIAL MAGIC




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1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy


4. New Printables -  English Language is hard to learn..

5. Technical Stuff – Edsoft Software Deal - Seminars

6. Web Site Focus - Lote for the Gifted

7. Mathematics AGAIN

8. Great Sites

9.  Readers' Requests/Comments

10 Next Issue

11. Code of 'Netizens'

12. Tips


1. WELCOME EVERYONE The holidays have begun in NSW.

Time to have some fun on the internet, so I’ve prepared some

Great Adventures for you.  The English language is hard to learn

printable is a great discussion starter.  There are some great

software deals through Edsoft, and some great seminars online

and on land to check out.  Become part of an international

publication on School Gardening in the Readers comments section.

Look up a new job in the WWW info section.  Have a great holiday



"Inside the locket was a mirror, and in the mirror was her very

own reflection.

‘Why, it’s me!’ she thought.  ‘It’s really me. I’m the magic in the locket.’

From then on, the little girl wore the locket every day.  Every day

she held the locket tightly and whispered, ‘I believe in you.’  The

locket was filled with her own special magic and from that day

on she was never without it."

 -Elizabeth Koda-Callan The Magic Locket (1988)


"Hindsight is the best planning tool"


"Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre."

-Gail Godwin


"Intel has announced its next chip: the Repentium."



3. WWWinfo Look for a Job at Job Search

Check out how many jobs are available in each state.

Check out the Resume builder

Use the check boxes ot search for a specific job.



The English language is hard to learn........



Special Software Deal from Edsoft

Just thought you wouldn't want to miss this special. It only

runs till the 31st May. (Email Linda for a pdf of the titles

included in this wonderful deal).  An unlimited licence means

that you are allowed to make as many copies of the CD as you

like for use within your school site. There are network versions

available for some of these titles and you can purchase a copy

of these for an additional $15.00.

Give me a call if you have any questions.

Linda Zugai

NSW State Manager

Edsoft Pty Ltd



For Teachers - online computer Courses FREE


We are planning to offer Robocup Junior training for students

and teachers in May.

The sessions would be run by Brian Thomas who is president

of Robocup Junior International and chair of Robocup

Junior Australia.

The plan is as follows:

- Tuesday May 14 (Devonport)

- Wednesday May 15 (Launceston)

- Thursday/Friday May 16/17 (Hobart)

One session a day would be held between 9am and 1pm.

John Vivarelli

RCJTas committee

Mb: 0412 252 272 (with voice mail)

Fx: 03 9221 3482

Ph: 03 6229 7375 (AH)



Adobe at School

Session Attendees: Teachers and Lecturers

Learn how to teach the latest design software. Stay a step ahead

of technology and your students.

Come along to our Adobe @ School Seminar to witness the latest

enhancements and the amazing possibilities of Adobe Photoshop

Elements, Pagemaker 7.0 and Acrobat 5.0.

In just two hours, Adobe experts will show you the benefits of this

software and the most effective way to teach them in the classroom.



29 April

City Hall

King George Square, Ann Street, Brisbane



30 April

Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre

Corner Spencer & Flinders Streets, Melbourne



1 May

Sydney Hilton

259 Pitt Street, Sydney



7 May

National Convention Centre

27-31 Constitution Avenue, Canberra City



9 May

Hyatt Regency, Adelaide

North Terrace, Adelaide


Online tutorials at



Ryan writes, "Edutech is Australia's only trade exhibition showcasing

the latest learning technology to education and training professionals".

First held in Melbourne in 1994, Edutech continually attracts visitors from

tertiary / TAFE institutions, secondary/primary/special schools, registered

training organisations, government departments and corporate organisations

from Australia and abroad.


Featuring 100 exhibitors, this year Edutech will attract up to 5000 educators

and trainers. It's more than an exhibition - it's an interactive event


Edutech delivers a perfect mix of exhibition and conference to provide hands

on interaction and demonstration of learning technology between visitor and

exhibitor.  A professional development program of presentations, workshops

and demonstrations will take place throughout the event. Developed by the

industry for the industry, this program will push the boundaries of ICT and

LT education & training issues, demonstrating how learning technology

can be used to enhance classroom teaching and learning outcomes.

PD Program and Interactive Features

Seminars - keynote speakers discussing and debating critical Ed LT issues

Computer Labs - 22 computer networked professional development workshops

Champion Presentations - 24 presentations of benchmark ICT practice

by Educators

The Reality Room - an active demo-classroom with ALL the latest learning


Education Online - demonstration area of eLearning applications and

Online resources

Edsoft Interactive Zone - software demonstration and classroom trial area

Who's looking after you? - exhibits of specific personal services for

education & training professionals

Association Alley - poster presentation of education & training associations

and peak bodies


6. WEBSITE FOCUS - Lote for the Gifted

Sofweb explanation - and How to


Computing and asian languages

Programs such as web browsers, word processors eg. Adobe Arobat

reader will need special fonts installed to display japanese, korean

and chinese characters. ( a font is a set of instructions for the computer

to convert information into visual text - this is written in  Times New Roman).

Rarely a graphic (picture) is used if the document writer just wants

one or two asian characters and is mostly using a western alphabet

eg. konichiwa

This list of Asian language resources includes: general resouces; lessons;

pronunciation guides; online dictionaries; related software and fonts.

 - more about asian fonts

 - acrobat reader info.

Specialist asian language word processing programs like

Twinbridge both write and help other programs such as MSWord

display documents with asian characters and with accented letters.


Language is all about sound. In this a computer beats a textbook

hands down. You will commonly need a range of free multimedia

programs 'plugged in' to your web browser. Free programs such

as Quicktime, Windows Media Player and Realplayer are needed

for 'streaming' video and sound. Sound and video files usually take

 too long to download but if they are streamed you hear them as

they are transmitted over the internet like a radio or TV signal.

get the plugins :

Shockwave -

Quicktime -

Java - 

or  get a microsoft java plugin with the latest internet explorer update

This Stanford University language centre site presents photos from

Japan, and the vocabulary items associated with them. It shows you

 how words are written and pronounced using sound files

in .mov -- QuickTime.

It also provides quick vocabulary-check pages enabled by

JavaScript and Shockwave.


For the many excellent free language lessons online

( try a search at for the one you want - they even

do Latin for children )


Japanese-English online dictionaries:

mouse over sounds to hear how they are pronounced

Spanish, French (and French Canadian), German (and Swiss German),

Italian, Brazilian, Portuguese, Japanese (Romanji), Indonesian, and

Thai language and English- American, British, Australian, Canadian,

Irish, Scottish, and Welsh accents are available.

Babelfish. Translate your documents or web pages to English and back

to another language for free at



History of Mathematics mathematician of the Day chronology, birthplace.,


Maths Art - simply amazing

Maths Museum Japan




Great Frog Site


Kids Humor -great site - lots of jokes on any topic



Here’s your chance to be involved in an International Publication

Read on…………..


Dear school gardener,

I'm writing to you because you once registered your school garden I

n the School Garden Registry on our Kidsgardening Web site:


The National Gardening Association is currently developing a new

resource book for educators that will feature designs of actual

schoolyard gardens, habitats, and outdoor classrooms. We are

seeking examples to include in the book to inspire and inform

educators and students.


If you have an active school garden and think it's well-designed,

we would love to hear from you. Below are some general notes

on what we're looking for. Please review the list and the description

of what we'll need from you, then let us know if you think

there's a match.


We are seeking schoolyard designs with these characteristics:


* urban (small-space) gardens

* large outdoor classrooms with various elements (e.g., ponds, gardens, structures)

* wildlife habitats (e.g., multi-purpose, butterfly, bird-friendly)

* different planting systems: e.g., square-foot, raised beds, circular gardens

* theme gardens (e.g., historic herbs, three sisters, nutrition, dye plants, ethnic, art)

* unique design elements (you tell us!)


What we'll need from you:

If you'd like us to consider your garden design, reply to this

message or send an e-mail to Eve Pranis

and include a brief paragraph describing your garden or

habitat and its unique design features. If we decide to go

the next step, we will ask you to send a sketch/map of your

garden and respond to a series of questions. The maps

selected for the book will be re-rendered by an artist and

your responses to questions will be used to write a vignette

about your garden project.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Eve Pranis, co-Director, Educational Media

National Gardening Association

1100 Dorset Street

South Burlington, VT 05403


web url:


New Homeschooling Website

I have just finished publishing an Australian homeschooling web site at

and would appreciate both

your feedback and anyone else's who you know in this field.

many thanks, Sarah.

Looks great to me – loads of resources suitable for Home schoolers

As well as ideas for everyone.


Hi Cathy

Congratulations on the work you put into this newsletter.

I just thought I might mention that you say in your tips

12. TIPS

1. Double click on highlighted URLS to open in browser.

but in my case I just click once to open the sites in my browser....




Hi Cathy,

Could you please suggest some good sites (for kids to use) on nutrition - focus on fruit & vegetables, vitamins ... how they help to keep us healthy.

Thanks Sylv


Hello Sylv,

Food guide pyramid including games and resources great looking site.

Great Games and interesting info through input info

Education Ideas kids section

Great site with games and good info


Good easy click on food group and find out what it is site.

Some extra links

Hope this gets you started.




Dear Cathy,

Does anyone have ideas for teaching textiles (design and technology) to

boys. It is alright when we are making a big item but for fill in lessons at

the end of term I find it a problem. Most craft ideas are geared towards

girly ideas.



I always love the paper aeroplane stuff - design make and

appraise can be really creative.

A guy on the news the other night was making paper versions

of bugs by, breaking the bugs into parts and them scanning

them into the computer, enlarging them and printing them out,

then putting them together as models.  This type of idea would be

fantastic and could apply to anything.

For more ideas you r best source is to g to edna/schools

and type into their search engine, you might also try the resource curriculum list at this site




10.  NEXT ISSUE I’ll take a look at the history of computing

as well as some environmental sites.  Any other goodies you have

      please send them in.  the next VT will be out on the 10th May.

ciao for now cathy


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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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