No: 180
VT's FREE Newsletter for Educators - Insight, Inspiration and Ideas that Work!


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Well Christmas is here.This is the last newsletter for 2013. So there will be nothing to serious in it at all. This year I sorted out Christmas shopping online, fabulous. I still love the Santa stuff, I love the Norad site and actually do look at it on Christmas Eve. This Christmas promises to be the best one ever, whatever the weather, the best food, the best wine and the best company. I wish you all a fabulous Chrismahanukwanzakah, and an amazing New Year.
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"Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah!"
And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.
Dr. Seuss
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~Norman Vincent Peale
Great minds discuss ideas.
Average minds discuss events.
Small minds discuss people.
-Eleanor Roosevelt
I look forward to 2014 - and continuing to discuss great ideas.
I have been showing my students K-6 some of
the fabulous videos on Santa Television and alsovideos from the Santa village showing the Aurora Borealis - Northern Lights - links are available from the Christmas page on VT An explanation of the cause of these lights is given at How Stuff Works
However a group of my kindergarten lads had an entirely different explanation. They were very excited at seeing this Nothern Lights and explained that this was where the GREEN LANTERN must live. A superhero who is incredibly popular with 5 year olds. They went on to discuss this and felt it was a very good idea to have a superhero in Lapland looking after SANTA and his Village.
Of course the non SANTA believers in in the group thought it was an equally good idea for the GREEN LANTERN to live in Lapland, because even if you don't believe in SANTA it's good to know someone is up there looking after the presents. And although a few of the 5 year olds doubted the existence of Santa, they were all quite short that the GREEN LANTERN was real.

The GREEN LANTERN is the name of several superheroes from the fictional DC Universe, all of whom are characterized by a power ring.
Each GREEN LANTERN possesses a power ring and green lantern that gives the user great control over the physical world as long as the wielder has sufficient willpower and strength to wield it. The ring is one of the most powerful weapons in the universe and can be very dangerous. The ring of the Golden Age GREEN LANTERN is magically powered.Each GREEN LANTERN possesses a power ring and green lantern that gives the user great control over the physical world as long as the wielder has sufficient willpower and strength to wield it. The ring is one of the most powerful weapons in the universe and can be very dangerous. The ring of the Golden Age GREEN LANTERN is magically powered.


Biggest Teahupoo WAVE Ever, Shot on the PHANTOM CAMERA

a camera renowned for its high speed HD digital capabilities - the slowmo is magnificent.

Slow Motion video changes our our Visual perception and understanding of the world around us.
We can look at movement and motion in more detail, observe facial reactions, paths of falling
objects and the results can be amazingly beautiful. Slowed down even a simple action is transformed.
A good selection of Slow motion great videos is at:- Vision Research
Explore the shapes of droplets of water, the movement of lips when blowing a raspberry
the movement of water from a tap at Slow Motion Video
Theatrical motion pictures are projected at 24 frames per second, TV in Australia is 25 frames a
second and in America is 30 frames a second. The Phantom Camera can run between
5 and 2,500 frames in full HD.
What great material for scientific investigation, creative writing and art etc.

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'
Box Office: Film
Breaks $1 Billion

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Release date in Australia is 26th
December 2013

Can't wait to see it it is certainly on my Christmas list.
In the meantime

Google Maps out Tolkiens Mythical Lands
Google and Warner Bros. Pictures have created a Chrome Experiment that maps out and
provides a guide to the world of the Hobbit.

Tolkien tourism is the phenomenon of J.R.R. Tolkien fans traveling to the sites of his fictional
world, Middle Earth. In reality, Middle Earth is New Zealand, the film location for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the current Hobbit trilogy. Now, fans who want to go to Middle Earth no longer have to book a long flight and imagine Orcs amongst New Zealand sheep, they can simply use Google Chrome.

Google and Warner Bros. Pictures have collaborated on a Chrome Experiment to promote the second installment of The Hobbit series, The Desolation of Smaug. Before immersing themselves in the film world, fans can go to the digital version of Middle Earth and explore it as they would any place they were armchair traveling to with Google Earth.
And for a Christmas Treat - End of year activity take a look at behind the scenes on The Hobbit production, particularly about 50 minutes in, and see them pack up all the trucks to film on location. The trucks when parked take up a football field.
The Lord of the Libraries
Watch the YouTube You know I have been working in a Library lately and loving it - so my end of year video will be this one. My ulterior motive is to - WELL - get all the libary books back as well.
Explore Christmas at Time and Date. This site is fabulous and has listed celebrations from around the world.
I have been loving the Norad Tracker site do look into to it. The count down for Christmas has started. One of my personal favourites was the Santa Tracking spoof video - NORAD Tracks Santa Command Video 2013 on this site
- with fighter planes and satellite tracking.
Don't forget to make full use of the Virtual Teacher Christmas page - great to flashup for white boards and last minute lessons
      I do answer all emails so send them along with your questions ideas and great sites.

      Greetings Cathy

      as for illusions try these

      these last three by brusspup on youtube

      love your work!!
      we have developed an iPad ‘app’ which uses filmmaker and not the AppleappStore or the cloud..dropbox/evernote etc..
      public beta expires Dec 6
      when released there will be a 30 day trial period
      i expect pricing to be around $20 single teacher full licence (unlimited classes; no expiry)
      Thanks Gary - these illusions are fabulous and just the thing to excite young minds. The Rubrica sounds great looking forward to trialling it in 2014
      Next newsletter will be out at the beginning of February. have a great break and go forth with good cheer and make the Mystery of Christmas work for you. TweetPlease send in any other great ideas or websites, whiteboard sites or fabulous things you are doing.
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      Merry Christmas
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