No: 185

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NOTE: In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is a great deal of difference.
Fabulous new technology - "BOX"

Box The
"Box" explores the
synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera.
Bot & Dolly produced this work to serve as both an artistic statement and technical demonstration. It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering.
This methodology has tremendous potential to radically transform theatrical presentations, and define new genres of expression. What would you use it for?

Virtual reality for the hands - LEAP MOTION

Leap Motion The Leap Motion Controller tracks both hands and all 10 fingers with pinpoint precision and incredible speed. That wide-open space between you and your computer is now yours—to play, create and explore. Reach into another world without actually touching anything. This gesture based technology is truly amazing, and although it might not quite be there yet, sta tuned for a computer coming to you soon with this technology built in. WHAT FUN WE WILL HAVE.
Take a look at the review of Leap Motion

ESTHER'S RAINBOW by Kim Kane & Sara Acton
Esther spies a rainbow peeking out from under her chair.....
Here begins a delightful story about fining colours everywhere. Colours that she can taste, hear, feel see and smell. The descriptions of the colours are luscious.
I used a light prism as we read the book so that listeners could view the colours as we read the story.
It was fabulous to discuss the colours of the rainbow and the science behind the frequencies of the light using this book as inspiration.
But most exciting were the descriptions the listeners wrote about their favourite colours inspired by this book, they wrote much more visceral descriptions.

I mentioned last newsletter that I had just finished reading
THE ROSIE PROJECT. A fabulous read, I couldn't put it down.
It was an amusing insight into the life of Dr Tillman who has Asperger's.
I enjoyed so much reading his view of the world and interpretations love, and life. I fell in love with Don - I think you will too. I loved the way Don measured and evaluated life. The book made me laugh. I read it over one 24hour period - everyone had to wait for meals. Not many books do that.
Hi Cathy
I agree with you about The Rosie Project - it's one of the most delightful reads & if you know someone who's severely Aspergers you just keep going YES YES YES & laughing !! Have recommended your excellent newsletter to many of my colleagues & sent thru a subs - thanks for a brilliant &
welcome addition to professional reading.
Kind regards Fiona Enevoldsen

EASTER - Snorkel Eggs
I dare you to make more adorable-looking eggs
Send in the pictures to Virtual Teacher and have them published.
Check out the Virtual Teacher fantastic Easter sites. Some of the printouts are great, and the marshmallow bunny is a very enjoyable edible activity. And since we are talking about chickens, here's a rather interesting article on "Why did the Chicken cross the road?". Yes! that old chestnut. It, once again, shows teachers know what there talking about.

21 super original and awesome Easter eggs (full of pop culture references) from people who really went above and beyond. These are sure to inspire some amazing eggy creations. Check out the Snorkel Eggs

fghhg. What it means to ME(the teacher)
Happy Birthday Mac

Thirty years ago, Apple introduced the Macintosh with the promise to put the creative power of technology in everyone’s hands.
It launched a generation of innovators
who continue to change the world. This 30-year timeline celebrates some of those pioneers and the profound impact they’ve made.
Watch the Video and also the
A story of invention and creativity.
Spelling City is a free, online spelling, vocabulary and handwriting curriculum.There is a FREE version and a premium version, a a small fee. Try the free version first.

The Free version of Spelling City gives you the ability to create your own spelling lists. Users of the free version have access to some of the games, which use the spelling words from your list. The best part of the free version is that the lists are created by the teacher and the teachers choose the games and activities.

Spelling City has spelling lists already available for you to choose from. You can still combine the games and activities with your spelling words.

Spelling City offers handwriting activities. They just upgraded the handwriting section to include lessons and activities for left-handed students. This is something that is hard to find in most handwriting curriculum.
The Early years conference is on again this year from May 16th-17th 2014 in Perth. The title this year is CELEBRATING SUCCESS. Take a look at the pdf Brochure. A great line-up of talent.
I do answer all emails so send them along with your questions ideas and great sites.

Hello, I work off and on with middle school counselors on the broad topic of keeping our children safe, confident and healthy. Currently, we are putting together some health-based curriculum to help keep the students free of drugs and alcohol issues. While researching for this curriculum, we found your site.
We noticed several great resources, so wanted to say Thank You for the work you put into compiling them as well as maintaining your site. We wondered whether you might be interested in including a few additional resources for the benefit of your other visitors? If so, we have several for your review. Hopefully, you will find them useful to include on your site: Safe Online Communities for Your Kids CDC Raising Healthy Kids - Parent Information
We hope you’re able to use these links on your website! Also, we happened to notice that your link to is no longer working; we found, which we believe is the replacement. The non-working link is here:

Thank you for being a partner in helping to raise our young people to be bright, healthy, and responsible adults.
Best wishes, Michelle Peng :: Cultivating. Connecting. Curating.
Thanks Michelle,
I don't update links from acrchival newsletters - but do appreciate the links on this topic. Thanks for sending them in.

I find this I passed it on NASA publishes a "what's on?" every week!!
hundreds of activities, free, available to Australian students and educators…
Mission to Mars EARTHcam from ISS Moon explorers Ebb&Flow(now finished=crashed into moon!)
I can pass on the link if you are interested.
If you can send in th elink that would be great.
Thanks Gary,the What's on is a tweet message - great. Some fabulous images and a great way to keep updated. sometimes Twitter makes a lot of sense.

Hi Cathy,
Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu!NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names to be etched on a microchip aboard a spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu in 2016.

The "Messages to Bennu!" microchip will travel to the asteroid aboard the Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, spacecraft. The robotic mission will spend more than two years at the asteroid, which has a width of approximately 1,760 feet (500 meters). The spacecraft will collect a sample of Bennu's surface and return it to
Earth in a sample return capsule.

The deadline to submit names online is Sept. 30, 2014. Participants who submit their names to the "Messages to Bennu!" campaign will be able to print a certificate of appreciation to document their involvement.

For more information and to submit your name, visit

Participants who "follow" or "like" the mission on Facebook
( will receive updates on the location
of their names in space from launch time until the asteroid samples return to
Earth in 2023. Facebook fans also will receive mission progress and
late-breaking news through regular status updates.

For more information about the OSIRIS-REx mission, visit and
Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
I have my certificate and will be following the project eagerly.

Hi Cathy,
It's me the guy at the Bos, well BOSTES now.
I have been a long term subscriber too, as thompsop.
Did you get the link for the Adelaide Uni MOOC for Aussie teachers to learn to code?
It is now open for registrations, so needs a push, can you put it in the next newsletter?
Regards and thanks for leading.
Hi Peter,
Sure can.
This is a great course and its free.
"Providing resources and example learning activities for the Digital Technologies section of the new national curriculum, from Kindergarten to Year 6.

The course will run for 8-10 weeks and will be open for access at any time once released online. Participants will complete a portfolio of activities to be assessed, with feedback, and a certificate for successful completion. Any educator interested in participating can register here. "


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