No: 196

VT's FREE Newsletter for Educators - Insight, Inspiration and Ideas that Work!

Hello Everyone,
Paint the Town Red this Christmas
Have a great break and use
plenty of paint.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Chrismachanawanzaka to you all. Thanks for sharing in the adventure this year.
Some great ideas to review over the holidays below. Take a look a the Ngram viewer from Google.
I loved th Foley Effects lessons, they were a great success, and right in focus with curriculum initiative of Audiovisual Literacy.
The Nagual Dance software is amazing. Can't wait to try it out in 2015.
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Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.
Eleanor Roosevelt

If Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus had a child, what would he be called?
A subordinate Claus!
The 3 stages of man:
 He believes in Santa Claus.
 He doesn't believe in Santa Claus.

He is Santa Claus.

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
NAGUAL DANCE offers you an entirely new interactive music experience.

You are the music from now on!

Design your custom music using only your own movements, captured in front of a 3D camera.
In NAGUAL DANCE, you are no longer dancing to the music, you are creating the music through your own dance.
This is amazing, take a look at the video, just imagine what the future holds, this is only the beginning.

Foley Effects
Foley Artist Gary Hecker Great Video on the Foley Artist Great intro to Foley, File Percussio. Let students listen to it and take notes then follow-up with viewing the first 90 seconds of the following video, muted, and add their own Foley tracks and replay to the muted Video with their Foley effects. Great lesson.
The Importance of Music in Film - Great Video showing
Scenes with Sound Effects only
Scene with Music only
Scene with Sound effects and Music
fghhg. What it means to ME(the teacher)
Keynote Shape Tutorial Fabulous Tutorial for Stage 1 - from Paul Hamilton. Just let it run and your students can enjoy themselves locating Australia using Google Maps and then taking a screen shot and finding where they live. More advanced versions - Label all the capital cities, places of interest, birthplaces of famous folk in Australia or The World.
If Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Try this App

Turn Your Photos and Words into Stunning
Works of Art
You've probably heard the tired cliche about
a picture being worth a thousand words.
(I use this later on in thsi newsletter so it's probably a very tired cliche')
WordFoto has taken this phrase quite literally and created WordFoto, an app that turns your photos and words into amazing typographic works of art. App costs about $2.00
You can use it with student portraits and words they choose to describe themselves.
Great for spelling lists, thematic words etc.
Here's one I prepared earlier using a Christmas tree with Christmas words.
Ever wanted a new spin on Graphing - well here is.
Google Labs' Ngram Viewer. It's an addictive tool that lets you search for words and ideas in a database of 5 million books from across centuries. When you enter phrases into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, it displays a graph showing how those phrases have occurred in a corpus of books (e.g., "British English", "English Fiction", "French") over the selected years. Let's look at a sample graph - Here is a graph from someone studying various forms of frustration from the one 'a' argh to the 4 'a' aaaargh.

Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel show us how it works, and a few of the surprising things we can learn from 500 billion words.
IN THIS TED LECTURE - (suitable for stage 2 up particularly the back end of the Lecture).
As the lecture points out, it is not in the drawing of the graph that the skill exists(this can be tedious and time consuming) but in the interpretation. Using this tool students can concentate on the most important aspect of graphing, the interpretation.
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I am a mature age 3rd year education student and I regularly read your newsletter. I just wanted to thankyou, the wonderful newsletter keeps me enthused and looking forward to the many more exciting resources you make available to educators.
My only trouble is that I can get so absorbed in the materials you provide that I forget the time, and find that I'm not doing my assigned work from Uni!
Hi Sonya,
Thanks for that. Maybe this Newsletter should be an assignment for UNI. Or perhaps your UNI people should invite me to do a guest lecture there. At the moment I have been providing seminars on about meta-learning - and how to make it actually work in the classroom. Called - "Ignite the Education Revolution". Education is certainly changing and we are inventing it's future.
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