No: 160
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The Discovery of Planet Krypton
I definitely intended to progress the revolution in this newsletter, BUT every now and then you come across something bright and sparkly. And this is just the sort of moment that revs up your curiosity, you learn a lot, and think about new ideas. A moment to be grasped with both hands.
Well here it is THE DISCOVERY OF KRYPTON. See how they did it, you'll love the video.
The discussions on LinkedIn have been amazing with so many well - informed contributors. There is so many people who want change and want to start the process - take a look and add your thoughts.
WE have had more VT Supporters come on board, take a look at who is on the list and click on their names to see what else they are up to. Thanks to all the folk who purchased Maths Hammers, I would love some feedback on this eBook.
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This will be the last newsletter this Year, the next Newsletter will be out at the end of January, 2013.

You have nearly reached the end of 2012
you have nearly done all there is to do
soon you will be able to go home
you will be finished
have a splendid
Christmachanakwanzaka* party
and a truly fabulous 2013

* Every now and then the human race invents a new word. Faced with the annual dilemma of what greeting to say at the end of the year, a new word has been invented, “Christmachanakwansaka”. Christmachanakwanzaka is the politically correct name for all end of year celebrations or holidays including all religions, creeds and cultures for both the faithful and non faithful.
Focusing first on increasing student engagement, rather than on improving test scores, can actually foster greater gains in students’ academic, emotional, social, and behavioral achievement.
Klem & Connell, 2005

The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.
B.F. Skinner

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Albert Einstein

It doesn't matter what we cover, it matters what you discover.
quoted by Noam Chomsky

Who I am Makes a difference
A teacher in New York decided to honour each of her seniors in high school by telling them the difference they each made. She called each student to the front of the class, one at a time. First she told each of them how they had made a difference to her and the class. Then she presented each of them with a blue ribbon imprinted with gold letters, which read "Who I Am Makes a Difference." .....
The Discovery of Planet KryptonSuperman
Neil deGrasse Tyson on Finding Krypton - watch this Video it is fantastic. The Hayden museum got a call from DC Comics. They had an IDEA. They wanted Superman to go to the Hayden Planetarium and watch the destruction of Krypton.

Here was a bright and sparkly idea that interested me immediately.

During a roundtable discussion with journalists, Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how he helped Superman find his home planet of Krypton. In real life, he consulted a star index and found a real star that supported the
backstory of the comic.
If you haven't already seen the video linked above - you must.

After viewing the video, I found myself asking a lot of questions.

How did you do that?
What is the LHS Catalogue?
What is the Hayden Planetarium about, do they have any other cool things there?
Can I look at the night sky with my own telescope?
How do telescopes work?
What is an Interferometer?
If I was Superwoman could I find a home planet for myself?

I became very interested in Astrophysics, and learned a lot more about it than I had known previously and I must admit to looking at the night sky with a lot more interest.
Click on this Link to the VT page to view the video and some of the the links that this video prompted me to find.

Tyson noted, As a native of Metropolis, I was delighted to help Superman, who has done so much for my city over all these years. And it's clear that if he weren't a superhero he would have made quite an astrophysicist.
Pixxee is a simple online tool that makes it quick and easy to download backup copies of all your Facebook photos and albums, and all the photos of your friends too.
Why should I backup Facebook photos?
Backup your own Facebook photos and albums so you always have them available to show friends and family, even when you're offline. If you've lost the originals from your computer, this is a great way to get them back again.
Download photos of you that were uploaded by your friends so you're not at risk of losing them. If your friend deletes one of these photos from their profile, you would have no way of getting it back.
You can even download photos and albums uploaded by your friends that don't have you in. Again, if your friend was to delete such an album it would be gone from Facebook forever. By using Pixxee to backup their albums, you ensure they can NEVER get rid of those embarrassing photo.
Marcel Wanders
Marcel Wanders
Marcel Wanders(check out his website with wonderful images of his designs) Is an amazing designer. Just listening to how he thinks about design is an inspiration.
For each person there is a turning point that leads them to pursue their passions. Fo
r Marcel that turning point was Droog Design Amsterdam and Renny Ramakers.

If the designer just follows the teacher and does what the teacher wants I don’t think this is a good sign. Renny Ramakers.

He was kicked out of design school after 3 months. And is now
...... one of the brightest stars on the international design scene. His portfolio includes cutting-edge work on hotels, restaurants, accessories brands and books, plus for influential Moooi collection.
Belle (AU) June – July 2007 – Kirsty de Garisn.
The core of what we do in the studio is experiment, to truly innovate the market, to come
up with new ideas, new thoughts and new visions for design. Marcel Wanders
Marcel Wanders on Design How can we design life and how can we give life to desgn
Mike from my Linked in Discusson group - which by the way, has been sooo interesting - mentioned the Search Institutes fabulous resources.
The Search Institute came up with the Developmental Assets framework - The Developmental Assets® are 40 common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible, successful adults. Because of its basis in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research and its proven effectiveness.
Developmental Assets framework has become one of the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States.
You can download these from their site as well as many other useful resources
The Sparks page is not to be missed.
This site starts to set the parameters for beginning the change. It is well researched and has many success stories to prove its worth.
What do think? Can you use some of this to start the revolution?

What if Money didn't matter

You Must watch this Video and show it to your students.
What makes you itch? How do you like to spend your life? What do you desire? what if money didn't matter? What if money was no object? What would you like to do if money were no object?
Share it and be part of the change.

It is amazing how this simple video is so beautiful and calming. Watch in fascination as the ligth and shadows change. It looks almost alive. So graceful so engaging. What a great way to start a creative discussion or to stimulate some creative ideas.

VT Rainforest Links
Filmed in South East Queensland, Australia. Narrated by Robert Grubb. First in an outstadning seris of videos, the sounds of the rainforest ar amazing.

VT Disasters Links
Mega Tsunami - Alaskan Super Wave - Amazing Survival Survivors Story
publishes satellite images in near real time o natural hazards around the world. An addition to NASA's Earth Observatory, the Natural Hazards section contains images and information about major environmental events that are potentially hazardous to human populations. Fabulous
I have had a problem with my emails over the last couple of weeks - including the form for emailing from my website. My apologies. All fixed now. If you did send me an email please resend it - this time I will certianly get it.

Hi Cathy,
It was like a wonderful blast from the past when she saw the VT Newsletter a few weeks back.
It also said we would love to support you with VT by becoming a sponsor, as you were a wonderful supporter of us in our early days with a fantastic review you wrote for us.
Our company (Back to the Future Education) has developed since then and products now include EnglishPOWER, Online MathsPOWER and EnglishPOWER and SciencePOWER Kids Kits and Capers, all under the umbrella of our LearningPOWER suite of products.
What do you think about the 'Neil deGrasse Tyson on Finding Krypton' video did it inspire you?
What do you think of the MathsPOWER, LearningPOWER programs? These would be great for the FLIP Learning approach.(More on this in January)
Have you joined the LinkedIn discussion yet - it is proving to be fantastic.Tweet
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Any upgrading links or suggestions please send them in.
Tweet or email your answers.
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Editor: Cathy Brown

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