No: 189

VT's FREE Newsletter for Educators - Insight, Inspiration and Ideas that Work!
It's not ROCKET Science or is IT?

Hello Everyone,
I have loved experimenting with rockets, Newton's Third Law and the writing, mathematics, thinking and creativity that followed. This is a "PULL", learning how to learn opportunity. (Watch the Video)
My students asked amazing and varied questions about, NASA, Apollo missions, designs and history of rockets, life on other planets, aliens, movies and much more. They invented, hypothesised & ENJOYED themselves. I have set up a webpage full of some great links and ideas. For you to ENJOY too.
Let me know what your class does with these ideas.
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Advocates LEARNING over EDUCATION. Education is what people do to you. Learning is what you do to yourself. Gtreat teachers have always known that students need to learn how to learn. This is even more relvant today with the INTERNET of everything available to everyone. Our syllabus is still written and examined as if the INTERNET did not exist. I love the PULL over PUSH idea.
Please watch, ejoy and let me know your thoughts.

BallOOn Rockets to be precise. Great fun, great for teaching measurement, fractions, timing, averaging, creative thinking, problem solving, design, student questions, writing(explanation, report, scientific report - sientific method, narrative) and communicating through speaking and listening. Working on one of Newton's Laws:-

Newton’s Third Law
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

And suitable from K-10, as the activities can be extended.
Make the Balloon Rockets - be creative. Invent some balloon cars. Check out the vidoes and have some great fun and with these hands on learning experiences.

fghhg. What it means to ME(the teacher)
EXPLAIN Everything

Making a Robot using Explain Everything App for iPad
The Explain Everything APP has been around for a while and it is still fabulous. Check out the Video from Paul Hamilton on making a robot - just show the kids and they will figure it out. Very Cool!!
APP costs $3.79 Just for iPad


Paul Hamilton on Beacons
Beacons are set up around the room and the ipads light up when students approach them with ipad.
One of the first examples in the world. Edtech visionary and ADE Paul Hamilton shows how iBeacon technology has been used in education to create learning zones.
iBeacon technology has massive potential in schools, both from a teaching and learning context and administration.

ROCKET MATHS App students get to build their own rocket to shoot into space. Once they have built the initial rocket they can complete math missions to earn more money to allow them to customize their rocket even more. Students love to complete the math missions so they can make their rocket bigger, fancier & prettier. Watch the Video for a quick overview

Design Squad Kids Great site to watch build and play. Enter your creations and have them on the Web. Share your ideas on Design Squad and win points!
The more things you submit, the more points you earn and the higher your rank. You can use your points to get virtual stickers in the Sticker Store.
You can even join a Team Challenge, and if the team wins, you get more points. Play the Fidget Factory. Watch videos of other design squadees.
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Hi Cathy,
I wrote to recommend a site for Virtual Teacher which I think would be of great use to your visitors. I like how your website does not fluff up content and only links to quality and/or related sites.
I find your page here: as the best place to get art resources from, and I highly recommend this link from Startlocal:
It lists a good number of art schools around Australia, which I'm quite certain will be a good addition to your excellent resources, and useful to parents who are looking at honing their children's art skills.
Cathy, thank you so much and I look forward to hearing from you!
Many thanks,
Hi Rachael,
Thanks for this. I write and resource the site myself. There is no money in it at all - but I do enjoy doing it, and lots of people love having this resource at their fingertips. I appreciate the link to you site and will include this in my newsletter.


Hi Cathy
Link seems to be working just fine
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