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No: 194
27
10
2014

VT's FREE Newsletter for Educators - Insight, Inspiration and Ideas that Work!
Coding APPS is Child's Play

Hello Everyone,
Each time I write a newsletter I wonder if there will continue to be amazing things to write about, and THERE ALWAYS IS.
There is always something new an amazing that just takes my breath away. It's such an exciting time.
At the moment kids are all excited about writing iPad APPS, using Scratch and Hopscotch. The first time they see their program run and they make the 'monkey' move they get so excited.
It's all about discovering it for themselves, working it out and getting hooked on learning.

The iClass shapes proved to be real WOW factors.
And they just love PADLET - I know you will to.
The interactive periodic table is AMAZING and so addictive.
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Thanks to all the recent purchasers of Do You Need a Hammer to do Multiplication? Take a look at some of the pages in Do You Need a Hammer to do Multiplication?, get your own copy, and find out the ANSWER.
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ciao
Cathy
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The scandal of education is that everytime you teach something you deprive a child of the pleasure and benefit of discovery.
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Students Making iPad APPS
This This 12-year-old kid learned to code on Codecademy, built 5 apps, and is speaking at SXSW. This is a great story and truly inspirational for kids starting for code. An inspiring story - and great to discuss with aspiring coders.

Learn to Coder Interactively for FREE at Codecademy
Sign up online The lessons are simple and easy to follow. Or Download the Codecademy APP for iPad which is also FREE Learn Java script, Python,
html, etc.
HOPSCOTCH CODING
Is another great coding app which is well designed and easy to learn for everyone. It is available for FREE download at iTunes
Is a great APP for developing games. Students work out their game on paper first then transcribe it to an APP Pixel Press Floors Which is available free. AMAZING
And don't forget
SCRATCH Jnr
Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer. FREE app for iPad

P E R I O D I C V I D E O S

Created by the Periodic Videos team using the TED-Ed platform. A new interactive periodic table - FABULOUS - It's sooo addictive. View the videos, these are backed up by full TEED lessons. With questions, extra links and a spot to add your comments.
fghhg. What it means to ME(the teacher)
iClass Shapes - WOW!
Augmented reality APP - download the pdf and watch the magic begin. The kids just said WOW!
PDF is available from the APP. Totally amazing. Watch flat nets form 3D solids before your eyes.
Check out the app on iTunes IT'S FREE
The Right Angle - don't be Obtuse.
Angles - Fabulous interactive site for all those acute, and obtuse problems. Stage 2-3
5th grade maths interactives Suitable for the iPad - some great Maths games
PADLET
Padlet is a digital wall student can add comment and images to. Padlet is the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world.
Watch the Video It's a great explanation and so easy to use.
I do answer all emails so send them along with your questions ideas and great sites.

Dear Cathy
How are you there? Lovely to meet you in linkedin. I am working as principal at Blue Sky Public School in Kathmandu. I visited Australia in 2011. I had a good chance to visit many schools. I would like to share you my school's website to share more detail. I hope you will have a look it .
yours sincerely
Prem
Kathmandu
Nepal
Hi Prem,
Lovely to meet with you on linked too.
What a great name for a school.
Site looks interesting - I would love to share this on my newsletter Virtual Teacher - if that's OK - its great for everyone to see what is happening around the world. here's my latest newsletter:
http://www.virtualteacher.com.au/newsletter193.html
Let me know if you are OK with this.
ciao Cathy

I am very happy if you do it. i hope more people would read it and know more what I am doing here. I need some people to teach volunteer at my school. Some can be interested if you get the information from you newsletter.
Let me know as you share it. Please send me link as you do.
Thanking you
prem

Hi!
My name is Nancy and I homeschool my two children. I\'ve been searching the Internet for resources that could be useful to us for some upcoming projects. I came across your page (http://virtualteacher.com.au/geology.html), and it provided a lot of help in my search for educational links on rocks and fossils. I just wanted to thank you for it, and thought you should know how useful it is! I also found this article:
\"Fossils to Shale - Rockhounding for Kids\"
I think it would be a great resource to include on your page! Please let me know if you decide to update and add the link. I\'d love to hear any thoughts you have to share.
Thanks again!
Nancy Boveja
Hi Nancy,
Thank you so much for your kind words. I love Geology and would have been a geologist except for the gender bias way back then. I will put your link in the next newsletter and check it out for the website. Geology and fossils are such engaging topics for kids - they love it.

A great way to further young geologists interests is to connect up with a local university Geology Department - I have found them fabulous and keen.

Goodluck with your endeavours.

ciao
Cathy
PS I have added the link to my Geology Page

Hi Cathy
I came across the Great Math Websites to Explore page in your website while looking for some learning resources for children and noticed that you have listed some really useful ones. I am sure your readers are very grateful for finding so many resources all in one easily accessible place.

While going through the resource list in your website I noticed that our website jumpstart.com/jumpstartparents/ would fit in perfectly under the Math Games category. Jumpstart offers a wide range of free printables, activities, worksheets and educational games for kids from preschool to 5th graders on math. I am reaching out to you to know if it is possible to add our websites to your list of resources, as well.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email. Adding us to your list is sure to help us reach our goal of making our educational material available to as many teachers and parents as possible.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Hi Kate,
Thanks for the email. I will pop this in my next newsletter. A I have a similar goal to you - and promoting 21st century learning is what VT is about. Glad you like the resource.
ciao Cathy

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Editor: Cathy Brown cathy@virtualteacher.com.au
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