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No: 175
10
09
2013
VT's FREE Newsletter for Educators - Insight, Inspiration and Ideas that work!

AH!! THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE
Hello everyone

Marcus du Sautoy: SYMMETRY is quite surprising, as is ONE SECOND on the internet, FORENSICS is an amazing and exciting area of investigation for students and JAMIE OLIVER'S video is a must watch - so we now have an element for all these surprising and amazing things.....
THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE
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Use this element as much as possible on your students, and watch their eyes sparkle.
MATHSPOWER - FREE ONLINE MATHS TRIAL
Don't miss out try it now. It will make your life sooo much easier and your students will go ahead in leaps and bounds.
MADE for Australian students
DESIGNED BY Australian teachers
Thank you for your support & contribution Debbie Richards is our latest supporter, thanks Debbie! You can become a supporter too. Maths Hammers has sold some more copies with the purchasers most enthusiastic. Put it up on the whiteboard - click to videos and crack some jokes, it's a great resource for an instant lesson.
Spread the Word about VT, email this newsletter to someone you think might love it.
ciao
Cathy
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The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not “Eureka!” (I found it!) but “That’s funny…”
Isaac Asimov

Weather is a good metaphor for life, sometimes its good sometimes its bad. and there's nothing much you can do about it. But carry an umbrella.
Terri Guilemets
Questions show the mind's range, and answers its subtlety.
Joseph Joubert, essayist (1754-1824)
It is a common delusion that you make things better by talking about them.
Dame Rose Macauley
SOME HISTORY
1. In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes when you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the
phrase "goodnight, sleep tight".

2. It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month or what we know today as the honeymoon.
3. In Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden.... and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.
Marcus du Sautoy: SYMMETRY, reality’s riddle
Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy takes you inside the universe’s native language — symmetry.
Fabulous TED talk on Symmetry - great for upper primary and secondary.
From beautiful upside-down columns to the mind-boggling number of symmetries in a Rubik’s Cube, he shares some of the brightest (and darkest) moments in the history of humanity’s fascination with symmetry.
Putting Mathematics into context. Take a look at the video
Jamie Oliver: Teach every child about food
If you really want a to start the discussion about healthy eating this is the Video for you.
It's worth it just for the graph, take a look at the video you'll understand.
Jamie Oliver has a TED Wish: to build a new generation of informed, healthy eaters. The time is now, he says, to drive fast foods out of our homes, schools and offices and to create a shared culture of meals that we can be proud to pass on to our children. Watch on the New Healthy Eating VT page, and send in any other resources for this page.

ONE SECOND on the Internet
10 years ago Skype, Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, Twitter, Tumblr, Dropbox, and Instagram didn't exist.
20 years ago there were only 130 websites total, Google wasn't even around yet, and you had to pay for an email account through an ISP.
30 years ago there was no internet.
Great site to start a discussion on the impact of the Internet.

Essential Skeleton - An Excellent iPad App for Students
A free iPad app that students studying the human skeletal system should download. The app puts a 3D skeleton on your students’ iPads. Students can zoom-in, zoom-out, and rotate the skeleton 360 degrees.
FORENSIC
INVESTIGATIONS
THE CSI EXPERIENCE
Great video and ideas Making impressions in plaster of paris of shoe prints. Interesting site about Forensic Investigation.
FLASH FACE - Face recognition Interactive
Have you ever wanted to be a police sketch artist? Well, now you can use the flashface app and create sketches of criminals or yourself and your friends.
It provides a large number of each facial components including eyes, nose, mouth, hair, head, eyebrows, glasses, mustache, jaw and beard.
Can be saved online or printed out.
This can also be purchased as an APP from iTunes
Check out other Forensics sites at Virtual Teacher Forensics

MoneySmart Teaching packages

The MoneySmart Teaching packages are being developed to support schools with the implementation of the Australian Curriculum, using consumer and financial literacy as a context for teaching and learning within English, mathematics and science.
Students will develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and behaviours to organise their personal finances, behave as responsible consumers, generous donors, wise investors and creative entrepreneurs.
Fabulous resource with packages to suit both Primary and Secondary, although the downloads appear mostly form K-6.
National Geographics for Kids is a great site with lots of games and videos, the Animals and Pets section is a clickable image page with access to details about the animals and their habitats. Some of the images as you can imagine are amazing.
Activity Village Lots of templates Puzzles Printables and ideas and featured topis - great resource.
The Frog Poem is cute with lots of resources including BLM and how to draws - suitable for early Stage 1 and Stage 1
Give a Dog a Bone Find 10 hidden bones on the 1-100 numbers board in less than 60 seconds - Stage 1
      I do answer all emails so send them along with your questions ideas and great sites.

      Hi Cathy,
      I can only repeat the praises that all your subscribers sing of your wonderful newletter. Beside personal mail - it is the emessage that I look forward to the most. As a Year 5 teacher, I seem to use everything you include, either directly; modified in class; or copied and passed along to colleagues.
      Looking forward to the next newsletter
      Maria
      Thanks Maria always great to hear som feedback
      Hello Cathy
      I love the Mind Candy, keep making me laugh.
      Regards
      Geoff
      Shall do
      Next newsletter I will take a look at De Bono and his Thinking Hats - one of my favourites.Tweet
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      Cathy
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