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No: 178
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11
2013
VT's FREE Newsletter for Educators - Insight, Inspiration and Ideas that Work!

iPad5 pencil AD is a VISUAL LITERACY treat
Hello everyone
Do you know how to tie your shoelaces?
Well think again, check out the TED video and challenge your most basic understandings.
The new iPad 5 ad is amazing. So much to talk about in visual literacy. So provocative and thoughtful on many levels. How many background changes are there, what camera technique is used, what is the point (Ha! Ha!) of the pencil, what is the metaphor.
Listen to the comparative language. What is the colour space? What does that mean? What does th emusic do? Your class K- 12 will love it and all have comments to make.
Let me know what you think.

MATHSPOWER - FREE ONLINE MATHS TRIAL
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DESIGNED BY Australian teachers
Thank you for your support & contribution! You can become a supporter too. Maths Hammers, have you seen it yet, it's absolutely the New curriculum, with meta-language and understandings? Take a look, lots of jokes stories and great maths. Put it up on the whiteboard - click to videos and crack some jokes, it's a great resource for an instant lesson.
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Cathy
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Learning is not compulsory. Neither is survival.
W.Edwards Deming
True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.
Kurt Vonnegut
Bertrand Russell’s 10 Commandments of Teaching
http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/05/02/a-liberal-decalogue-bertrand-russell/
Perhaps the essence of the Liberal outlook could be summed up in a new decalogue, not intended to replace the old one but only to supplement it. The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows:

Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.

Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.

Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.

Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.

Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.

Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.

Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.
Terry Moore: How to tie your shoes
http://www.ted.com/playlists/19/did_you_know.html This is a must see. Kindergarten can watch as well as adults. DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE TYING YOUR SHOELACES INCORRECTLY. This video by inference encourages you to rethink even the most basic things in our lives. Some great words, some great scientific investigation.
Joe Smith: How to use a paper towel
http://www.ted.com/playlists/19/did_you_know.html Really if Joe Smith can do this so can you. Do you want to be part of Joe's great plan and save 571,230,000 pounds of paper practice his
simple technique shake and fold. You've got to do this as a demonstration and be part of saving the planet one paper towel at a time.

Apple - iPad Air - TV Ad - Pencil
This is a fabulous product and an amazing commercial. Love the concept. Take a look

AUSTRALIA

The First Fleet Fellowship is a great site with details of ships and their voyages to Australia. Great images - Lists of convicts - and some personal stories form the early First Fleeters. Great information and images. And some Cartoons by ‘Humps’

The Clayton's Convicts MEET YOUR CONVICT ANCESTOR is a lot of fun and once done can be printed or copied into a word document.

CONVICTED BY ANNA CLARK
This is a great read for stage 2 students. I love the illustrations.
Welcome to the unwonderful world of kids, crims, and other convict capers.
Australia's convict history is so chocked with floggings, death, cannibalism, and very smelly feet and underpants that it's a wonder you ever wanted to read about anything else!

Cartooning

Cartooning With Blitz
- Full Program

This one is 50minutes - but fabulous

Bruce Blitz How to Draw a COMIC STRIP
Bruce's Videos are fabulous Take a look.Take a look.

Make your Own Comic Book with Bruce Blitz
This is another great one.

Bruce Blitz Doodles from NAMES
This is a great end of year acivity

Drawing
Starmen.net Art Bootcamp 2013: Week 1: Drawing: Shading with Aviarei Great for upper primary and high school
5 pencil method
StoryLineOnline
Storyline Online is a collection of popular children's books read by celebrities.Visit their new site - some
great stories some with deaf signing.
Why the English Language is Hard to learn
http://www.virtualteacher.com.au/english.pdf
RhymeBrain
Great site for rhyming or close to rhyming words. Invent-a-word, alliteration etc
      I do answer all emails so send them along with your questions ideas and great sites.

      Hi there,
      Just wanted to say thanks for creating your page http://www.virtualteacher.com.au/VT146.html I found some great resources on there that I hadn't seen elsewhere.

      I also thought I'd pass along another useful resource that you might want to add to your page:
      "The Ultimate Poetry Resource Guide" -
      Let me know what you think - have a great day!
      Best wishes,
      Bev

      Thanks Bev, You can also check out Poetry at Virtual Teacher
      Next newsletter I will take look at Fibonacci patterns, Mathematics and feeling mathematical, and moving from the knowledge economy to the computational economy. Oh! and Christmas of course so send in your ides.Tweet
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      Cathy
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