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Hello Everyone,
I have had great fun working with money over the last few weeks. The students always love this type of hands on activity.
And doesn't everyone love buying things. The Dr Seuss book is as usual fabulous- even though it uses American $ - it can be easily translated. "THE CAT" puts to rest any notion that money grows on trees in this super simple look at numismatics, the study of money and its history.
Check out LILY as well you will love this video. I asked a group of stage 3 student to produce an add for this device. produce an add for this device.
1. Create a Great copy line
2. Be passionate about it.

3. List 7 things you could do with it and pick the best 3
4. Provide a hook
5. Add Fictitious how to buy details.
1. Create a Great copy line

Could be a Magazine ad.
Could be a Radio Ad - record audio
Could be a TV Ad - Download stills images - write voice over - produce graphics

Anyhow you will love it and want a LILY of your own.
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Welcome back to 2015

So If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.
Great Metaphor

Bill Gates message - for every classroom wall?
Main Summary
Bill Gates recently delivered a message about life to some high school and college graduates in which he listed ten things they did not learn at school. He talked about how feel-good, politically correct teachings have created a generation of kids with no concept of reality, and how this has set them up for failure in the real world...
Fact 1: Life is not FAIR; get used to it.
Fact 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Fact 3: You will NOT make $40,000 a year right out of high school, and you will NOT be a Vice-President with a car phone until you earn both.
Fact 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you have a boss.
Fact 5: Flipping burgers is NOT beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.
Fact 6: If you mess up, it is NOT your parents' fault. Don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Fact 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before
you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents' generation, try "delousing" the closet in your own room.
Fact 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but real life has not. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades; they'll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This does not bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Fact 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that in your own time.
Fact 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs. And a final word of advice from Bill.

Article reprinted courtesy of the School Daily. Go there and check it out.
Some of the things mentioned above provide very good starting points for discussion.

And a final question???
If you eat pasta and antipasti are you still hungry?

The Learning Pit with James Nottingham

The Learning Pit is one way to explain why more challenge leads to enhanced learning. It helps teachers structure lessons, and students challenge themselves. Created by James Nottingham (@JamesNottinghm), the Learning Pit is used in classrooms around the world.

Meet Lily

Ever wanted a pet drone - meet Lily Lily follows you with a tracking device Meet Lily, the drone that
can follow you around while shooting HD video of all your escapades.


I have had a great time with money working with Stage 1 on the iPads


iCAN Count Money Australia - Great little app for kids - with 6 hgames and 5 different levels in each. Suitable for stage 1 and 2


Australian Coins Lesson 1 This video is a lesson for students on recognising the characteristics and value of Australian coins.(1.37)

Australian Coins Lesson 2 This video shows the different ways of writing an amount of money. How to write money in different ways.

Australian Money - Notes (2.52mins) Recognising Australian notes

Interactives from IXL - they have Australian Money as well
as many other currencies. Here's a selection I used:-

How Much money up to $1.00

Count money up to $5.00

How much money 5c and 10c coins

Count coins

Do you have enough money

All iPad compatible.


Australian Mint Teacher Resouces are pdf as well as notebook files for Lower Primary Upper Primary and Secondary

Printout Money worksheets including realistic coin and note manipulative in Australian Dollars and many other currencies.

Making Cents Australian Money pdf Stage 1

fghhg. What it means to ME(the teacher)
Windyty is a mesmerizing, searchable, interactive map of wind patterns around the world. Not only is it beautiful to look at, it’s packed with information: You can search for a specific location, zoom in and out to see granular details, toggle along a timeline to see past and future wind patterns, and expand to see detailed weather forecasts. Prepare to settle in—you’re going to be playing with this thing for a while
Great Simulations Phet Interactive Simluations
Great simulations for MATHS and SCiENCE. Covers elementary through to University. has resources for iPad/Tablet as well. Simluations afre FREE with request for donatations. the index is comprehensive. Most come with an exploration stage and then a game.

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

Dear Cathy,

I have been looking for the musical 'Time' in so many places and finally find it being quoted here. Any leads as to where I can find the actual tape or CD of the stage production?



Hi Peter,

The cd/record is not available in Australia nor ever has been – according to my research. It played in London about 20 years ago or so as I recall. It is possible that you will find the recording from a London record company. I would also love a copy – so if you track it down let me know the source. I actually played the role here in an amateur production years ago - the lines on the site were from my role in the play. I love the lines and often use them when teaching philosophy.



Time link

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