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Hello everyone

I had some great reactions to the Visual Literacy info.
BOOK WEEK links below I loved the Sue Genaro Video on generating ideas.
Next newsletter I will be looking at Library Resources so all you good folk who are Librarians please send in your brilliant links.
FACEBOOK for educators is a wonderful idea check out the Video.
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! Become a supporter. 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.
A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2" in diameter. What happens next is a life lesson which is bound to CHEER you up- read more at - VT CHEERS

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. Farrah Gray

The arrow has to draw back to fly ahead. - Proverb

Dream big and dare to fail. Norman Vaughan
First off, I have to be honest. My initial reaction was, “Facebook in schools…how on earth could that work?” A look at the positive side of Facebook and the use of this powerful tool for learning. What are you waiting for? Watch the Video
How to set up your class Facebook page - do it and let me know how it goes..

VISUAL LITERACY: Why We Need It - Brian Kennedy
This is a great Video to get the ball rolling in a staff meeting. Well presented as TEDeX is and a good length.
PERIODIC TABLE of Visual Literacy - check it out and roll over the the image to view details of each 'element".


First-look at the new Xbox One & Kinect sensor
Watch the Video and see the new Kinect with advanced 3D & infrared capabilities tested.
Jumping, punching, and fireballs...even in the dark. Amazing new technology in an interactive graphical interface.

Imagine what the FUTURE holds.

Auroau Borealis The greatest show on Earth

Glowing green and red, shimmering hypnotically across the night sky, the aurora borealis is a wonder to behold. Longtime sky watchers say it is the greatest show on Earth.

It might be the greatest show in Earth orbit, too. High above our planet, astronauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS) have been enjoying an up-close view of auroras outside their windows as the ISS flys through geomagnetic storms. Take a look at the Fabulous Video
Also take a look at the Fabulous TED video on

How epic solar winds make brilliant polar lights - Michael Molina
Some cute animation and excited nitrogen and oxygen atoms. Try the THINK -quick quiz. DIG DEEPER and check out the additional resourses and join the online discussion.

CHILDREN'S BOOK of the Year Short List

The Children'sBook Council of Australia is a fabulous site. Check out the shortlisted books for 2013, for Older Readers, Younger Readers Early Childhood and Picture Books. These books are just fabulous. Check out the Award FAQs and take a look at the awards criteria ask you students to read and jusdge the books according to these criteria and see if they agree with the Book Council
This years Bookweek Theme is Read Across the Universe. And Bookeweek is from Saturday17th to
Friday 23rd of August.
Children's book week Video & trailers
A great way to promote both Book Week, CBCA awards.
At St Patricks' School Library,or individual links - just do a google search

is a great site for activities, download the pdfs on bookweek activies and take a look at the creative ideas.
The State Library of Victoria has a number YouTube videos about how authors and illustrators work.
Sue DeGennaro shows how she develops her artwork, including keeping a book of ideas. Sue also discusses how authors and illustrators work together.
This video is part of the Look! exhibition, which features original artwork, sketches and drawings by more than 40 Australian illustrators.
TEDlessons - worth sharing
The TED Lessons Website is fabulous One interesting Video is:-

Myths and misconceptions about evolution - Alex Gendler - This is a video with questions, a Dig Deeper section with additional resources, and a Discusion option. Great site.

Stopwatch - digital great for timing in the classroom, check out the eggtimer as well
or you might want an Analogue Clock
Writing VT Lots of links here to authors and websites. Also a link to Author's quesionaires a did a while back regarding Writer's Block. You may also like to download the How Writer's Write pdf
      I do answer all emails so send them along with your questions ideas and great sites.

      Cathy, I am so happy to have found VT back online again. I'd thought you'd taken a break. Correct me if I'm wrong. Glad to be back! Nancy

      Hi Nancy,
      Yes did take a break but back now. How's the garden going?

      Hi Cathy,
      Your Visual Literacy info is incredible!
      Thanks again for keeping us all on the cutting edge
      of curriculum offerings. Jo

      My Pleasure
      Hi Cathy,
      Thanks for the great newsletter. Are their any phonics based computer programs suitable for a stage 2 reader with severe difficulties? I remember seeing one being used (I think in public schools) on one but have had no success in tracking it down. Thanks Michelle
      Does anyone have any ideas about this one??
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