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Hello everyone
Apple's Vision of the Future has just previewed with their NEW MAC PRO - it's amazing - even the presentation is amazing and multi tasking as well, here performing a steak fondue. Just fabulous for a visual comprehension.

Make a VISION BOARD with you students and get them excited about what they love.

Take a look at the Astounding athletic QUADCOPTERS and see what amazing things the future holds. Watch the YouTube with your students, use this as a visual comprehension. How could this technology be used in the future.
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If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”
Ken Robinson Ken Robinson
Schools kill creativity
To attain any kind of life at all in the universe of ours appears to be quite an achievement. As humans we are doubly lucky, of course. We enjoy not only the privilege of existence, but also the singular ability to appreciate it, and even in a multitude of ways, to make it better. It is a trick we have only
just begun to grasp.
Bill Bryson
A Shorter History of Nearly Everything pp - 423
45. Act naturally
44. Found missing
43. Resident alien
42. Advanced BASIC
41. Genuine imitation
40. Airline Food
39. Good grief
38. Same difference
37. Almost exactly
36. Government organization
35. Sanitary landfill
34. Alone together
33. Legally drunk
32. Silent scream
31. Living dead
30. Small crowd
29. Business ethics
28. Soft rock
27. Butt head
26. Military intelligence
25. Software documentation
24. New classic
23. Sweet sorrow
22. Child Proof
21. "Now, then ..."
20. Synthetic natural gas
19. Passive aggression
18. Taped live
17. Clearly misunderstood
16. Peace force
15. Extinct life
14. Temporary tax increase
13. Computer jock
12. Plastic glasses
11. Terribly pleased
10. Computer security
9. Political science
8. Tight slacks
7. Definite maybe
6. Pretty ugly
5. Twelve-ounce pound cake
4. Diet ice cream
3. Working vacation
2. Exact estimate
...And the number 1 oxymoron is..
1. Microsoft Works
A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life. Have a goal in mind? Research shows that writing it down will improve your odds of achieving it.

Care to go a step further? Consider a vision board.

Raffaello D'Andrea
The ASTOUNDING athletic power of QUADCOPTERS
In a robot lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaello D'Andrea demos his flying quadcopters: robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn. In a series of nifty demos, D'Andrea show drones that play catch, balance and make decisions together. Watch the Video
At its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple gave the world a glimpse of the next products in its pipeline, with the next version of its Mac operating system leading the way. But the mindblowing MACPRO at 9" - 23cms high is just amazing. Take a look at the CNET video at
It is Radical but completly logical and absolutely beautiful. The presentation is stunning and progresses with the dots at the side of the page.
In January 1893, prospectors Patrick (Paddy) Hannan, Tom Flanagan, and Dan O'Shea were travelling to Mount Youle when one of their horses cast a shoe. During the halt in their journey, the men noticed signs of gold in the area, and decided to stay put.
On 17 June 1893, Hannan filed a Reward Claim, leading to hundreds of men swarming to the area in search of gold and Kalgoorlie, originally called Hannan's, was born.
By 1898 the population of the town was 2,018, consisting of 1516 males and 502 females. Challenging numbers for anyone running a Bachelors' & Spinsters' Ball.
The mining of gold, along with other metals such as nickel, has been a major industry in Kalgoorlie ever since and today employs about one-quarter of Kalgoorlie's workforce and generates a significant proportion of its income.
The concentrated area of large gold mines surrounding the original Hannan find is often referred to as the Golden Mile, and is considered by some to be the richest square mile of earth on the planet.
Today's mining methods are a far cry from those of yesteryear as can be seen from the this video clip - A Super pit blast at Kalgoorlie - perfect timing.
The World's greatest DIY Comic Site
What happens when you take a comic book artist, an inventor, and a toy designer? You get Howtoons. Our mission is to provide engaging content that teaches kids how to build things, combining instructions with storytelling. Howtoons has a foundation of science and engineering education, inspiring creativity through art and imagination.
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The Children's University Manchester
Some Great online interactives - marvellous for using with Electronic whiteboards. I loved the
Adjective Detectives - run it full screen - fabulous. Covers interactive learning for Key Stage 2, in History, Languages, Art & Design, French and Science including Drug Ed.
I do answer all emails so send them along with your questions ideas and great sites.

Howdy Cathy,
I'm a struggling retired teacher over here putting together my first web site. I was just wondering, if it isn't too much to ask, could you please take a quick look at my web site and see if it meets your standards for your Great MathsWebsites to Explore area. All of my materials are free and aligned to the core curriculum.
It has been really tough trying to get the word out there to teachers. Everyone is so busy. Who has time? I appreciate your work and time.
A 1,000 Thanks,
Julia Leonard
Retired Middle School Math Teacher, Mom of 3, Grandma of 4, and Tired
Let me know your thoughts on Julia's site. Some great BLM, well illustrated absolutely worth taking a look.
Hi Cathy
I have enjoyed reading your newsletter for many years - for marking multiple choice questions I would suggest a Google form - when students return it to you, it is in spreadsheet form - add the flubaroo script within Google spreadsheets and it will mark the work, tell you percentages correct and email the scores and answers to the students if you want - all on the second page of the spreadsheet. I had 230 tests marked in under 5 minutes! Fantastic and free!
Kind regards,
Jill Andrew
ICT Consultant
Thanks for this Jill great resource.
Hi Cathy
Do you know of any sites online that are to do with Possum
Magic? Possum Magic 30th anniversary is this year and thought it might be nice to do something to celebrate. Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Here's a few you might like.

Book Rap
Thanks for all the great response particularly about The Roots and Shoots site. Send in any topics you would like covered. I notice a lot of folk are using the Australia page. If you come across any great sites to add please send them in. Next newsletter I will take a look at Visual Comprehension.Tweet
Please send in any great ideas or websites, whiteboard sites or fabulous things you a
re doing.
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