Virtual Teacher Newsletter  No. 43  2001




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1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy

3. WWWinfo On the Buses

4. New Printables -  How Writers' Write Now

5. Technical Stuff - E-Tests and PD

6. Web Site Focus - Winter Olympics sites

7. Valentines Day

8. Great Sites

9.  Readers' Requests/Comments

10 Next Issue

11. Code of 'Netizens'

12. Tips


1. WELCOME EVERYONE.  You can't help thinking, living in

Australia as we do, that the Winter Olympics will be held in, well,

Winter, June, July, August. But of course they're not, and here

they are upon us already, starting. There are heaps of great

links for these games below, and it a great opportunity to do

a newspaper scrap book of the events and then present selected information(about one sport or athlete) as a PowerPoint

presentation, go to it lads. The news groups from O/S have

been full of EI - Emotional Intelligence, curriculum consideration. 

It seems to be the new buzzword or words for this year

- be prepared for an onslaught.  I have just taken my copy of

 "Emotional Intelligence" - by Daniel Goleman

(1995 would you believe) off the shelve for a re-read, and I will

keep you posted in upcoming newsletters.



"Anyone can become angry - that is easy. But to be angry

with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time,

for the right purpose, and in the right way - this is not easy."

 From the introduction to "Emotional Intelligence" a quote

from Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics.


"The greatest good you can do for another is not just share

your riches, but reveal to them their own." -- Benjamin Disraeli


"Living up to basic ethical standards in the classroom

discipline, tolerance, honesty is one of the most important

ways children learn how to function in society at large."

Eloise Salholz


"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from

serious learning. But for children play is serious learning.

Play is really the work of childhood." Fred Rogers (b. 1928)

host of children's show "Mr. Rogers' Neighbourhood


3. WWWinfo - on the Buses

New section in VT - what to do on the net today starting with

Bus timetables.  Here are Sydney's and also some other

capital cities from Australia and around the world.

Sydney Buses

General site Sydney Buses timetable and journey selection

Melbourne Buses 

London Buses

New York Buses

Buses on the Web - General site for students who

get excited and want to know more about buses.

Plan trips from school to various locations, work

out the departure time, say 9.00am and then the

arrival time.  Work our the in transit time and then

the return journey. This is a valuable resource and

well worthwhile using.



How Writers' Write NOW

Here's a VT original, use it as a standard document

for writing and publishing with your class - it's free. 

It uses industry standard terminology and divides the

edition process into 2 sections, getting the words right -

"Preflight" and getting the layout right, you guessed it "Layout".



NATIONAL E-tests for computer competence and science

knowledge lie ahead for students now the Government has

institutionalised literacy and numeracy testing.


Education Minister Brendan Nelson revealed the new testing

regimes were being considered yesterday.  Dr Nelson indicated

he believed "some national tests and benchmarks" were

desirable for science and information and communications

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In responses to repeated requests regarding extra courses

and PD in ICT I have decided to include more conferences

and course details as they come to hand here's a few to start

from The School Daily

E-newsletter Workshop

Date : Monday, 11 March 2002

Venue : State Library, Brisbane, Australia


Certificate Course in School Marketing

Date : Thursday, 11 July 2002

Venue : Parramatta, Sydney, Australia


2nd International Lifelong Learning Conference 2002

Date : Sunday, 16 June 2002

Venue : Rydges Capricorn International Resort

Yeppoon on the Capricorn Coast, Australia


9th National Conference of the Australian Association for the

Education of the Gifted and Talented

Date : Sunday, 20 October 2002

Venue : Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia


11th State Conference of the Queensland Association for

Gifted and Talented Children

Date : Friday, 22 March 2002

Venue : University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia


evolving e-Learning - DEANZ 2002 Conference

Date : Wednesday, 10 April 2002

Venue : Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand


15th Biennial World Conference for Gifted Education

Date : Friday, 01 August 2003

Venue : Convention  Centre, Adelaide, Australia


LEARNZ2002 'Mountains of Mana'

Date : Monday, 01 April 2002

Venue : New Zealand


Translating Brain Research into Classroom Practice

with Pat Wolfe

Date : Thursday, 04 April 2002

Venue : Stamford Grand, Sydney, Australia


Web Content Workshop

Date : Wednesday, 27 February 2002

Venue : State Library, Brisbane, Australia


Web Design Basics

Date : Wednesday, 13 March 2002

Venue : State Library, Brisbane





Winter Olympics Sites



Love is in the air, and there's plenty go round try out these sites:-

A Collection Of Valentine's games:

Heart Baskets:

Jerry's Happy Valentine's Page:

Love At Lycos:

Valentine Games:

Valentine Party Games:

Billy Bear's Valentine Post Cards:

Everything Valentines:

Happy Valentine's Day:


Heart Shaped Food:

I love You In Different Languages:

Valentine Art:

Valentine Card:

All these sites are linked from the Virtual Teacher Page at


8. GREAT SITES Other Services A.Word.A.Day Internet

Anagram Server Wordserver Listat. This is fantastic site for

G & T students


GEORGE LUCAS FOUNDATION Great site - Project Based

Learning Activities - particularly for science. Includes an

interview with Seymour Pappert - the famous - on Project

based Learning as well.  Great PD and Resource site.

Most suitable for  ages 10-18



Fantastic General Site

Take a look at the EdNA Australian Identity resources page



The New York Times: The Tolkien Archives

J.R.R. Tolkien in Oxford

Lord of the Rings: Official Movie Site

National Geographic Beyond the Movie: Lord of the Rings

The Tolkien Trail


These sites are all for EARLY CHILDHOOD:

Kindergarten Connection:  A resource site for lower primary

teachers -lesson plans etc.

Miss G's Aussie Kindergarten: Lesson plans and ideas from

an Australian pre-school for kindergarten teachers. Lessons

are based on themes. Lots of photos and workbook samples

available. Information on curriculum and links to useful early

childhood sites available.

The Learning Leap: A K-2 teacher resource site committed to

providing teachers with creative, yet practical, ideas for the

classroom. Highlights include original thematic units, links to

over 200 online units, and much, much, more! Created by a

teacher, with photographs of her classroom activities.

Kinderstart: Lots of resources here including art & craft activities,

but you need to spend time looking (worth the effort). It does

have its own site search.

EdNA has an Early Childhood category at



Dear Cathy

Have subscribed to Virtual Teacher site but am having

difficulty downloading files.  Could you please explain the

process of downloading PDF files eg: Coolfuel

Many Thanks

Rosalind Bell

Download pdf files as usual - just click to download - however

you will need to view these files using acrobat reader a free

adobe program. Download from

Scroll down the page and it is a button and the bottom of the


Good luck


Hi, Cathy,

Thanks ever so much for posting my letters.  I've already heard

back from one teacher, and her information was excellent. 

Hopefully, more will respond.

As always, your newsletter is fabulous, and I continue to be

amazed at the time and effort put forth to create it.  Having

noticed a 'puzzle' sight, I remembered I'd book marked one I

enjoy using with my students.

Check it out and see what you think.

Later, gator.... Nancy

This is a great site. Create your own word puzzles. Find puzzles

on almost any topic.                                                                                         


Dear Cathy

You guys are awesome - thanks for all the time it takes to put

it all together.  Do I contact your organisation if I want to use

computer generated math for a fee per child?

Thanks again - job well done.  I really appreciate you. Warm

regards, Kath Comber

Thanks for the comps, only which particular maths stuff are you

referring too????  All the Stuff on VT is free.

Let me know what you are specifically referring too and I'll let

you know if it's a third party thing.



Dear Cathy,

Hi. I am a primary teacher from Bilambil on the far North Coast.

Thankyou for your newsletter. It provides great information and

I will pass it onto all my colleagues on the first day back.

I was looking through your links pages and wondered if you

would like to include a link to a site I've just completed.

Details are as follows:

Category: Mathematics

Title: A Maths Dictionary for Kids by Jenny Eather


Description: Maths A to Z - an animated, interactive

dictionary for students which explains over 400 common

mathematical terms in simple language. Includes definitions,

animated examples, interactive activities, practice and lots

of different calculators. Easy to navigate

and loads quickly.

Needs Flash 5.0 plugin




USE IT.  Well done Jenny, It will appear as a link from the VT

directory page.


Thanks Cathy - you're amazing! Great links! I'm up and away!

Marg Howard


10.  NEXT ISSUE - I will be looking at sites for the Year

of the Out back and also WEBQUESTS one of my favourites. 

Send in any ideas or thought or questions you have.  I will be

looking at any PROBLEMTUNITY that comes along. 

Have a great fortnight.


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.

8. Smile a lot and use words like, splendid, gigafloppingly brilliant, surpristy, excellente, wonderful, fantastic etc.


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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