Virtual Teacher Newsletter June 23rd, 2000 No. 8



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1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy

3. South African Birds

4. New Printables Empowered Editing, Games Galore.

5. Technical Stuff

6. How reliable is the Information on the WWW?

7. Picture Australia

8. Great sites to Check out

9. Reader's Comments

10 Reader's Requests

11 Next Issue

12. Code of 'Netizens'

13. Tips


1. Welcome everyone.

I have suffered a terrible bout of children over the last week, thank

goodness I am now recovering and everything is getting back to

normal, just in time to write the newsletter. You know what it's

like, everything goes along just fine for a time, and you are

thinking - 'everything is going along just fine I know I'm headed for

a real disaster' - well, I've just had mine - a five star one - so

now I can look forward to a period of relative calm, at least for a

while. After the 'bout of children' I was in need of some serious

positive thinking. Years ago I performed in an amateur version of

the Musical 'Time', the "A little bit of time' quote below is from

that musical, I have always loved it. Read and enjoy. The current

term draws to a close this week or next week here in NSW, depending

on which school you're involved with, I wish you all a great holiday. 


2. Mind Candy

A little bit of time.

Here's a quote from the Musical 'Time'. I have used this with

children to begin discussions, and it works very well. It is also

useful as a recital piece.

"Your life is an expression of your mind. You are the creator of your

own universe......"

Interested??? check out the rest at:-




A spokesman for Swedish furniture chain Ikea told the

Kvallposten evening newspaper that they are trying to

attract potential employees with handwritten job

advertisements on lavatory walls. "In the toilet people are

more relaxed and receptive to our message," claims Ikea's

Jimmy Ostholm...

Perhaps this is where teachers have been going wrong. We need to

have things like times tables and spelling lists handwritten on the

toilet walls at the schools - we could certainly do with students who

were more 'relaxed and receptive" to learning these things. Perhaps

we could also have children sit tests in the toilets, one per cubicle

would also overcome cheating as well.


Any child can tell you that the sole purpose of a middle name

is so he can tell when he's really in trouble. - Unknown


And now Grasshopper

Lesson Number Two:

A turkey was chatting with a bull. "I would love to be able to get to

the top of that tree," sighed, the turkey, "but I haven't got the energy."

"Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?" replied the bull.

"They're packed with nutrients." The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found

that it actually gave him enough strength to reach the first branch of the

tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch.

Finally, after a fortnight, there he was proudly perched at the top of the

tree. Soon he was spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out

of the tree.

Moral of the story:

BS might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.




"Dr. Livingstone I Presume." The full name of Dr. Presume.

- Unknown


Three Drunken Irishmen were rumbling through a cemetery in

search of the oldest person buried there.

One blasted bloke, Shamus yells out, "Here's a fella that

died when he was 145 years old!"

"What was his name?" asks Paddy.

Shamus lights a match to see what else is written on the stone

marker, and exclaims, " He was 'Miles, from Dublin.'"


3. South African Birds

Hi Cathy,

This is a long shot but wondered if you are able to help.

Teachers are asking for a website on Southern African birds. Who

could I ask? Where should I begin looking?



Terri Frederic

African birds


Birdwatching info for Southern Africa.


Also goto the links page on this site as it has a lot of excellent links

South African birding


Thanks Cathy,

You are a star!



4. More Activity Sheets - Printables

Empowered Editing


(you'll have to copy and paste this URL)

Games Galore



5. Technical Stuff

Internet Stuff

1. If you need to go back to the home page of a site delete

everything back to the .com or .com.au(country code). Everything

after the home page address will be a file that will be preceded by

'/'. Sometimes if a page wont load, going back to the home page and

following the links within the site is more successful.

2. Use the 'Go' button on the toolbar for Netscape or the 'History'

side bar tab for Explorer to go back to your previous page, or go

back more than one page. The current history of all the pages you

have visited will be held here until you disconnect from the

Internet, or close Netscape or Explorer. 

Tip: If you are visiting sites that you do not want students to view,

close the program and restart it before allowing students to use the


DETYA has just published Learning in an Online World: the School Education

Action Plan for the Information Economy. The document is available online

at http://www.edna.edu.au/onlineworld.pdf

The Action Plan was developed by the EdNa Schools Advisory Group and

addresses the key action areas of People, Infrastructure, Content and

Services, Supporting Policies and Enabling Regulation.

Ian Webb


6. How reliable is your information on the WWW???

A lot of teachers and educators have been concerned about checking

the reliability of sites on the WWW. here's a site that addresses

this issue.


It's well laid out and informative. Students can complete the online

quiz to see how Internet savvy they are. Teachers and educators can

read the guide. There are also some good links to some very reliable

Internet sites.


7. Picture Australia

Just for Virtual Teacher Readers, a sneak preview of the fantastic

PictureAustralia site. This site will not officially launch for a

while yet. It provides a single point of access to over 450,00

digitised images from pictorial collections of many leading cultural

and heritage institutions. It's a wonderful resource.


Pictures can be used Free of charge for educational purposes - check

copyright as I believe an acknowledgement is required when pictures

are used.


8. Great Sites to Check Out

Great Australian Information Site on Farming Technology - suitable

upper Primary and Secondary school - history of Australian Technology

in farming from the first settlement to current. Concise, not a lot

of pictures, just text.


Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Kids

This is a great site on environmental education. Lots of material

produced for kids by kids. Also some great learning material about

pollution and environmental control.



9. Readers Comments


Let me first say that I love your newsletter. I am just starting out

homeschooling a kindergartener this year with a preschooler in her

footsteps, you list wonderful sites to check out. My problem is that

I don't have Word 98 or 2000 to download the templates you suggested

on May 11. Could you please offer suggestions on how to acquire

these or similar ones? Thanks for your help and great newsletter


Tara in FL.

The templates can copied directly from the website, by simply

highlighting the text, copying using the copy command in the edit

menu on Netscape or explorer, then pasting into whatever

word-processing program you have - even simpletext. Text parts only

will be copied this way. The pictures will need to be copied as

images - just hold the mouse down over the image and a dialogue box

will appear, select copy image and then past into your

word-processing document. (this is for documents in HTLM code ie

normal webpages). For files that are .pdf files - goto


and download acrobat reader, this is free. this will allow you to

download all .pdf files. You can also print directly off the web -

goto the file menu on Netscape or Explorer, goto print. there are no

Microsoft templates on the website that are mine to download - all

are html or .pdf. The only Microsoft templates are the ones on the

Microsoft site for download.

I intended to save the 1500's sayings for future use and accidentally

deleted them. Would it be possible to get them again somehow? I just

started getting your newsletter last month and have found it very useful and

enjoyable. Thanks so much.


Could you post the Sayings from the 1500's again? I must of missed that one.


Hi Melissa,

Sayings are at:-


I post a lot of material from the newsletter permanently on the site.

Also all newsletters are eventually archived at:-


To celebrate Fantasia 2000 Walt Disney Studios commissioned curriculum

specialists and a panel of educators to develop an array of educational

materials. They developed 4 guides - Music, Art,

Communication/Technology and Advanced Technology.

These are downloadable in .pdf format from the Website


When you get to that URL click on the FANTASIA 2000 sign, then click through

the next screen. When you reach the next screen (Animation) there is a link

at bottom to STUDY GUIDES - direct to study guides URL - miss all the

fun of the animation click to:-


Anne Howard" <ahoward@nsw.bigpond.net.au>
Dear Cathy,

You may already know me, but I will remind you of who I am. I am Chris Brabb

with Visions Technology in Education. We are the 6th largest educational

software publisher in the world. Your name came to me by way of the ALI

(Apple Learning Interchange) website and because of your interest in

education you should know about this new release. If you are not currently

using Inspiration Software this message may not be of much use to you.

However, Inspiration is a program that ALL educators should consider using.

Visions recently came to market with a new book tutorial called "Make It

With Inspiration". Make It With Inspiration has been an instant success with

every educator I know who uses Inspiration. There really are no other books

or online tutorials that come close to Make It With Inspiration in ease of

use or content. Make It With Inspiration was written by an educator for

educators with the classroom in mind. This tutorial can be used with any

level of student or teacher who uses Inspiration.

Attached you will find a better description of Make It With Inspiration. If

you would like to know more about this or any of our other fine Tools for

Teachers, please contact me at cbrabb@visteched.net or call me at

+(011)541-349-0905 ext. 109.

I sincerely look forward to hearing from you.

Thank You,

Chris Brabb

International Sales Manager

Visions Technology in Education



Check out this site and let me know what you think.
I enjoy your newsletter; it's full of lots of

good tips.


Cynthia J. Peterson



10. Readers Requests
I am interested in seeing what you might have related to the visual arts.

Doug Mackay
Hi - I got your address off your Virtual Teacher website - but alas, I

couldn't send a message to you through it. I am quite clueless still on

computers, although am trying to learn a bit !!!

I was sent your address by a psychologist friend of mine in Harare,

Zimbabwe, and was VERY excited to receive it !! My name is Lisa Hulley, and

I live in Raffingora, Zimbabwe. My husband, Rory, farms and neither of us

really want to send our kids off to boarding school aged 5 yrs old - both

quite neurotic parents. Not really !! I am a remedial teacher, so opted to

home school them for a couple of years. This year I have started with my

daughter, and will do her for a couple of years, and then start my twin sons

who have just turned 3. They go to a play school out here. Hence I was

very excited to receive your address, and be able to get some more ideas

from you. Since I started teaching my daughter, I seem to have gathered a

whole crew - and have 7 kids, 3 days a week !! Not all in the plan,

but a lot of fun.

I would hugely appreciate any info you may have that would help me with all

these kids, as I am feeling I may have bitten off a bit more than I can chew!!

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards

Lisa Hulley

Lisa needs some great preschool sites - please send in your

suggestions. The first one Lisa is to Zoommmmm to Zoommmmm and have

some fun there.


Remember you can print pages straight off the web, this will help

with all zoommms great printables.


11. Next Issue

Virtual Teacher will take a look at Olympics on the web. Also send

in any great Visual Art sites you have, Picture Australia is a good

place to start. If you have any great printables, send them along to

share. Send this newsletter along to 20 friends, they'll appreciate

the help and ideas. Send in your requests, and comments, and please

correct any errors I may make, or any great ideas you have. I'll be

preparing printables on PowerPoint very soon, so if you have any

great ideas in this area send them along. Also if you have any great

PowerPoint presentations I will put them up on the site.


12. 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!!!


13. 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 newsletter.

4. Nominate a fantastic school site for review and inclusion in this


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 mailto:comfilm1@optusnet.com.au


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