Virtual Teacher Newsletter  No. 40  2001 - $93.5 MILLION DOLLARS




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1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy


4. New Printables -  Programming Template

5. Technical Stuff - Cookies CGI and Online courses

6. Web Site Focus - Disasters


8. Great Sites

9.Readers' Requests/Comments

10 Next Issue

11. Code of 'Netizens'

12. Tips


1. WELCOME EVERYONE. "$93,500,000 B.O. goes whole

Hogwarts record-shattering domestic preem

You're a box office wizard, Harry.  Warner Bros.' "Harry Potter

and the Sorcerer's Stone" etched its name in movieland

history over the weekend with a record estimated bow of

$93.5 million. (Variety November 2001) trailer at

Go Harry,

If this is the Entertainment Industries answer to the

current crisis and subsequent economic down turn, I like it.

What's more it's working.  My daughter attended one of the

Premiers and loved it. I can't wait to see "Lord of the Rings".

I have just finished reading "Artemis Fowl" - loved it.

Escapism I love it, especially when there is such a lot of

great launch pads. Thanks to Barbara Braxton, who I can't

keep the secret any longer, some insider results for the


The winning titles were those titles published by

Australian authors in 2001 voted the most popular

by the students of Australia.


So ...drum roll please ......



Dear Writer - Libby Gleeson



The Day my Bum went Psycho - Andy Griffiths



Turtle Song - Kim Michelle Toft


Others that polled well were

Younger Readers

A Wee Walk - Margaret Clark

Tashi and the Dancing Shoes - Anna Fienberg

Have Courage, Hazel Green - Odo Hirsch


Older Readers

Shadow Dance - Robert Hood

Alex Jackson, Grommet - Pat Flynn

Augustine's Lunch - Laura Budd


Picture Books

The Waterhole



Hello! You have reached the automated answering service

of your school. In order to assist you in connecting the right

staff member, please listen to all your options before

making a selection:


To lie about why your child is absent - Press 1

To make excuses for why your child did not do his work - Press 2

To complain about what we do - Press 3

To cuss out staff members - Press 4

To ask why you didn't get information that was already enclosed

in your newsletter and several fliers mailed to you - Press 5

If you want us to raise your child - Press 6

If you want to reach out and touch, slap or hit someone - Press 7

To request another teacher for the third time this year - Press 8

To complain about bus transportation - Press 9

To complain about school lunches - Press 0


If you realise this is the real world and your child must be

accountable/responsible for his/ her own behaviour, class work,

homework, and that  it's not the teachers fault for your child(ren)

lack of effort, hang up and have a nice day! !


"Don't just learn the tricks of the trade. Learn the

trade."  James Bennis


"What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing."

Aristotle (384-322 BC)   Greek philosopher


"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art

is knowing which ones to keep." Scott Adams


"Go ahead and do the impossible. It's worth the look on the

faces of those who said you couldn't."  Walter Bagehot


" Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire."

William Yeats


" One test of the correctness of educational procedure

Is the happiness of the child."  --- Maria Montessori


Here are a collection of diametrically apposed proverbs

that make amusing fodder for class discussions and

short writing tasks.


Actions speak louder than words.

The pen is mightier than the sword.


Look before you leap.

He who hesitates is lost.


Many hands make light work.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.


Clothes make the man.

Don't judge a book by its cover.


Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Better safe than sorry.


The bigger, the better.

The best things come in small packages.


Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Out of sight, out of mind.


What will be, will be.

Life is what you make it.


Cross your bridges when you come to them

Forewarned is forearmed.


What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

One man's meat is another man's poison.


With age comes wisdom.

Out of the mouths of babes come all wise sayings.


The more, the merrier.

Two's company; three's a crowd.


3. THE COOPER COLUMN:  What did you steal from your

students today?

MAIN SUMMARY What did you steal from your students

today? is the sort of question teachers should ask

themselves after each days teaching. The answers will

surprise! John Edwards used this theme in his keynote

address to the International Conference on Thinking in

Auckland last January. Art Costa on his New Zealand

tour where he was taking seminars for teachers.

He had a similar theme ...

Article Body

Questioning is a good example of this. If we are to

do more than pay lip service to our desire to provide

for life long learning, the ability to ask the right

questions is an essential skill. Yet we steal from our

students the very fundamentals they need to do so.

Thus in most schools it is the teachers that get to

ask the questions.....................

........ the rest at the link below it is quite thought provoking.

Alan Cooper

Article from theSchooldaily           



Programming Template



WANT FREE Cookies, Site Searches, Clocks, Gusts books

etc Check out Matts' Script Archive



on-line master of education degree will be available next

year through Deakin University. The University of Queensland

is spreading the word by sponsoring a massive children's book

trade project to be trialled at several Brisbane schools in

coming weeks. Dr John Worthington, who masterminded

the idea while completing his PhD at UQ, said the Children's

Book Shuffle was simple and now he planned to discover its



A school asks families to donate unwanted books, which

are collected, sorted and stamped before being displayed

for children to choose under the supervision of teachers.

Sponsored by UQ's School of Education, the pilot

event will be held at four primary schools during the last

week of November and first week of December.



For all those who asked about online courses - here we have it

Graphics and Photography

Intro to Digital Video

this site has a number of other topics as well.

And our very own

Education Department of Western Australia

CMIS Evaluation provides an information service for

Western Australian teachers to assist them in the selection

of quality curriculum resources that support the Curriculum

Framework. These resources encompass the widest possible

range of formats, from print to digital, to enable teachers

to select those that match a particular purpose or student

learning style.


6. WEBSITE FOCUS -Disasters

Lots of readers had great sites to add to this list, here they are:-

Natural Disasters: General Links

(Select view in frames option)


FEMA for kids

Fantastic looking kids site - real kid appeal.




DISASTER MITIGATION (perhaps more for teacher

background - or challenge for brighter students)


NASA links to volcanoes and earthquakes

NATURAL DISASTERS including blizzards, tsunamis and more


BUREAU OF METOEROLOGY ( Australia. Find current

and general information about climate and weather

conditions, including warnings and disasters.


has produced the Hazards and Risks Virtual Library

to give comprehensive coverage of links to all

types of disasters including fires, geological events,

weather hazards, chemical disasters, pest infestations

and the impact of disasters.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE. From Community Learning

Network, an excellent set of theme  pages with links

to educational resources. Topics include Air Quality,

Clouds, El Niño,  Floods, Global Warming/Climate

Change, Hurricanes, Lightning, Ozone Depletion,

Tornadoes, Water Quality.


PLANETDIARY Provides a weekly update of articles

on the environmental state of planet Earth focusing

on natural phenomena and events such as floods,

fire, fauna, flora,  earthquakes, drought, health,

volcanoes, oil spills, radioactivity, tornadoes, and

tropical  Storms. Has good background on each

phenomena with annotated links, and archives of

recent articles. Contains Internet activities and

lesson plans for teachers and students.


NATURAL DISASTERS This Thinkquest site provides

easily read information on the destructive forces of

nature. Profiles tornadoes, tsunami, volcanoes,

hurricanes, and drought. Supported by multimedia



RELIEF WEB This site provides current information

on prevention, preparedness and disaster response.

Savage Earth is the companion site to the PBS TV

series of the same name. It includes

information, links and teacher notes on Earthquakes,

Volcanoes and Tsunamis (tidal waves). Natural disasters.


GEOLOGICAL SURVEY: United States - USGS. This site

offers up to date information related to earth sciences -

volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes and drought.

The mission statement of the USGS is in part to minimise

the loss of life through natural disasters.


WEB DIRECTORY Comprehensive listing of sites related

to environmental  issues. Indexed alphabetically and

includes, among many other topics: Disasters -Earthquakes,

Land Conservation - Mountains, Wetlands. Pollution -

Air/Water Pollution, Hazardous Waste. Science - Biology,

Geology, Oceanography. Weather - Institutes, Remote Sensing.



California Earthquake Centre. "This SCEC  educational

module has been designed to provide students with the

opportunity to  interactively investigate the nature of

earthquakes. The module has been divided into three

major subject sections, "What is an Earthquake?

"The Distribution of  Earthquakes", and "Measuring

Shaking". Each section presents background material

and interactive learning activities allowing students to

understand such characteristics of earthquakes as their

associated faults, rates of occurrence, magnitudes, and

geographic distribution."


EARTHQUAKE THEME PAGE includes educational links and

teacher activities related to earthquakes. Natural disasters,

Earth science, Plate tectonics.


BAMBIL PRIMARY Disasters and Survival page


VIRTUALTEACHER - disaster page


7. HUMAN RIGHTS DAY (10 DEC) Here are some

Informational sites from the Wonderful Kerry Smith a of EDna


1. Amnesty International Australia


2. Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission

3. Australian Human Rights Information Centre


4. Vision Australia Foundation

5. Accepting Diversity - an Interactive Handbook in Progress


6. Amnesty International - Annual Report 2001


7. Children's Rights Across the World


8. Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR)


9. Human Rights


10. Physicians for Human Rights




Just fantastic. The "Just for Kids' site has lots of cool

activities and links to help you with your

homework, school projects and just for fun.

Just click on the student who is looking after

the area you are interested in.



Check out the Peoplescapes website and read the personal stories


And more Christmas Craft

and from the wet folks in Tasmania

including the electronic advent calendar, Christmas

around the world with a click on map and other goodies.

Well done Tasmania.



Hi Cathy,

Would you kindly let me know, when apple has the next

free seminar for educators? Thanks


Murali Penumarthy

Hi Murali,

I will attempt to keep everyone updated re seminars

through the newsletter, so if you know of any great

seminars, please let me know, I am most interested

in the free ones. Updates of the Apple seminars can

be found at:


I Hi Cathy,

Many thanks for your newsletter.

You may like to pass on the following links.

1. Apple and Digital Film Making

The Gold Coast MacUsers Group - useful Apple links for

teachers at:

plus, specifically for those into film ...

2-pop The Digital Filmmaker's Resource Site at:


Jenny Eather


10.  NEXT ISSUE -  I have been fascinated by some new

research into CAPD - I know these kids, you know these kids -

don't know what I'm talking about???, intrigued, see next VT.

Do know what  I'm talking about?? - let me know what you

have discovered.




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.
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