No: 177
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If you never CHANGE YOUR MIND, why have one?
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"If you never change you mind, why have one? If you never changed your mind you could just have a sign saying: Same thinking as last month, same ideas too!"
Edward DeBono, How to have a Beautiful Mind, pp166, 2004
This newsletter you can change your mind using Debono's thinking hats.
You change change your mind about Maslow, the future of driving and interactive games. You can change your mind about amazing octopi

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Even if all these needs are satisfied, we may still often, if not always, expect that a new discontent and restlessness will soon develop, unless the individual is doing what he is fitted for. A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.
Abraham Maslow

This speaks a lot about the quality of Japanese products
and their standards:
They're still laughing about this at IBM. Apparently the Japan as a trial project. In the specifications, they stated that they will only accept three defective parts per 10,000.

When the delivery came in there was an accompanying letter.
It said, "We Japanese had a hard time understanding North American business practices. But the three defective parts per 10,000 have been separately manufactured and have been included in the consignment. Hope this pleases you."

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."— Albert Einstein
Think left and think right
and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!"

Dr Seuss, from Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
Visual Animals that AMAZE David Gallo
Underwater astonishments David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square's worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean.

LUCASfilm shows off Star Wars 1313 concept

video game with customisable assets

Check out the video It is amazing what is being done, in the gaming and film area. In the future video game engines will be used in film-making, with the two disciplines combining to eliminate the movie post-production process.This is the future for our students.

Mercedes-Benz: Autonomous long-distance drive
Check out the video This is also amazing - cars that can drive themselves. What do you think? Maybe it takes all the fun out of travelling? This again is the future our students will live in.
Fabulous site by the Melbourne Museum
How do bugs see, taste, smell, touch or hear? How do bugs get around? How do they find their mates and reproduce? Explore the amazing life cycles of bugs and the ways they interact with the world around them. Great Teacher downloadable pdfs for K-12 with worksheets and lots more. Great site.
Fabulous MINIBEASTS Video
Check out the video it has some of the best bug images I have seen. Great to start a Unit on Minbeasts
MiniBeast Website
Check out the website it has some fabulous images and ideas. These are the guys that made the Video and if you live in Melbourne you can arrange for them to visit your school.
Virtual Teacher Rainforests
Has a Rainforest Documentary Video with a wonderful soundscape.
A soundscapes(sometimes called acoustic ecology) of Minibeasts noises is an amazing project to do with students. Take a look at this video may inspire you.
Bernie Krause: The voice of the natural world
This is a fascinating look at soundscapes in the natural world.
The effect man has on these sindscapes tells us much about the effects we have on the natural environment. Check out this GREAT video
Miracle of Nature
This is a soundscape - can you imagine what is happening here? What animals do you hear? What do you think they are doing? Could you gather sounds and make one of your own?

ReliefWeb has been the leading source for reliable and timely humanitarian information on global crises and disasters since 1996.
Find current world disasters on a world map. This site is fabulous for finding current disasters. Also for looking at Humanitarian responses, monies raised etc.
DEBONO - Thinking HATS
The VirtualTeacher HATS page has some great resources and ideas, awards and free downloadable pdfs take a look and feel free to use anything you like.
Have you ever used Debono for behaviour management?
Take a Look at the Virtual Teacher Geology page
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