No: 200

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

Hello Everyone,
So the 200th Virtual Teacher Newsletter. AMAZING
Filled with Insight, Inspiration & Ideas That Work!
Hope you've enjoyed the last 199 and that you continue to love this one too.
I've had lots of new supporters over the last month, the last of the FREE giveaway BIG IDEAS goes out to new supporters this week.
The 4 COLOUR THEOREM. This is a great one for Maths and Geography as well as Art. Don't Miss Out.
Here's a great InfoGraphic - my latest favourite things
You can use this idea to produce artwork on prepositions. Simple and 

This would make a SPLENDID informative display.
AMAZING 4 COLOUR THEOREM ideas for Kindergarten through to advanced stage 3 & up. WITH GAMES AND ART??? Now I have your attention!!!!
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What will you get in the 'BIG IDEA' series, well you'll get Concept Based Math Ideas that can be taught from Kindergarten to Stage 3+.

The first, second and third in the series on Fractals, Pythagoras anf Fibonacci have already been sent out, this week it will be TJE FOUR COLOUR THEOREM. And YES Kindergarten can get involved in this too, and they will love it. All the the 'BIG IDEA' documents will contain links, BLMs, Apps and of course great ideas.
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Welcome back to 2015
Smaller than a breadbox, bigger than a TV remote, the average book fits into the human hand with a
seductive nestling, a kiss of texture, whether of cover cloth, glazed jacket, or flexible paperback.
John Updike, writer (18 Mar 1932-2009)

A poem defending math as an art form - you will love it.
"After years of being told otherwise in school, I am fed up with art teachers who have tried to prove me wrong; Don't you dare tell me that math is not an art........

....Take a moment to realize that numbers are not nouns; they are adjectives. You cannot hold 2 in the palm of your hand but you can feel 2 hearts beating conjoined by a love for computation. And you cannot see a billion but you can see the skin cells that compose everyone you have ever loved and if that's not beautiful then I don'€™t know what is.....

Although the demise of the qwerty keyboard is iminent, with voice recognition software like SIRI, TOUCH screen options and wonderful gesture interprepretation options like Leapmotion, even direct BRAIN control maybe possible, it is still necessary now for kids to be able to use the keyboard for data entry.

Here are a few fun and FREE programs for students K-6 to help improve keybaording skills.
BBC Dance Mat Typing This is a great little program for stage 1 and 2

TVO Keyboard climber This is great fun for Stage 1 and 2 - doesn't teach touch typing only key recognition.

Learning Games for kids offers typing games and also speed typing more suitable for stage 2 and 3
And also the typing Factory
Take a look at the Leapmotion software and it's implications for the deaf
The PRogress is amazing including the ability to teach the software different versions of sign language. Take a look at the article from FORBES magazine.
Tech Tackles Sign Language -- MotionSavvy
fghhg. What it means to ME(the teacher)
Maths Online interactives join and have worksheets marked automatically. Great ideas presented
simply on addition trick, skip counting etc. Students can register for FREE and keep track
of their progress. The reaction maths is great
and so is the estimation.

Print out worksheets to your specifications for any ability level including answers.
Don't forget the Easter links on Virtual Teacher for those last minute Easter ideas.

I do answer all emails so send them along with your questions ideas and great sites.

Hi Cathy,
I'm a big fan of your site I just came across it and love it! I've been reading through your Antarctica section just now - a place that's interested me a long time and I'm keen to view more of your site.

I actually discovered this while seeing what sites were using the resource for the interactive ear. There's a new resource we\'ve just created - the human interactive eye. I'd love for you to take a look at the link below and let me know what you think? It would be great to get your feedback and to know if you'd be interested in featuring it on your site.
I hope to hear from you soon,
Rosie Shaw

Hi Rosie,
Impressive site. Love it. I will add it to the site and newsletter this week.
thanks for sending it to me. Please send in any other great resources you find.
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