No: 207

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

Hello Everyone,
This newsletter is all about creativity in thinking and art. I love the ART apps listed below. And ideas combining Maths and English with Art.
Also Audri's Rube Goldberg Monster trap is amazing especially his commentry on FAIL.
Take a look at Sai's amazing insights - all from kids excited by discovering and creativity.
Hope you find some inspiration for the coming term. Let me now what works for you.
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You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner?
The master has failed more times than a beginer has ever tried. Unknown

You can't have everything. Where would you put it?
Steven Wright, comedian and actor

The right half of the brain controls the left half of the body.
This means that only left handed people are in their right mind.
Author: Anonymous
Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word itself: "Mankind". Basically, it's made up of two separate words - "mank" and "ind". What do these words mean? It's a mystery, and that's why so is mankind. Jack Handy
(I discussed this quote with year 4 - they loved it - and were delighted to inform me of the error and provide a multitude of other examples)
Audri's Rube Goldberg MONSTER Trap
Often times, we associate failure with negative thoughts. If you fail a test, your grade goes down. If you die during a video game, you have failed and the game is over. When we start thinking about failure in a different way though, our mindset and experiences can change. If you think about fail to mean F=first A=attempt I=in L=learning, how does our learning change?

Technology Inspired by Animals | Sai Danoosh | Sparkling Mindz great video to watch. In the presentation is a passionate appeal to observe and amplify what we find in nature and take inspiration from it for technological advancements. Sai Danoosh also shares with us an inspiration of his own at the end of the talk.
Follow this up with a look at this BLOG 7 CLEVER TECHNOLOGIES INSPIRED BY NATURE fascinating.
I love these are APPS. They give children the opportunity to REALLY explore a style of art or art movement, and develop ideas before they begin to use concrete materials.
NGA Kids Art App - The NGAkids Art Zone app contains eight interactive activities inspired by works in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, plus a sketchbook for freehand drawing and a personal exhibition space where users can save and display art created with the program. The child-friendly interface, easy-to-use tools, and the overarching emphasis on discovery, careful looking, and artistic self-expression.
Get creative and use the MoMA Art Lab iPad app to make a sound composition, a shape poem, a group drawing, and more, save and share your artwork. Explore how artists use line, shape, and color, discover artists' processes and inspirations, and create your own artwork inspired by MoMA's collection. Artists featured in the MoMA Art Lab app include Henri Matisse, Alexander Calder, Elizabeth Murray, and others.

Onamatopiea - Written sound + ART
Onomatopoeia Dictionary Some great website ideas at Infinity and Beyond Boom! Bam! Pow! Zap! Zoom! Snap! Bang!
Also Art Ploka Dot Spot and Also Artisans des Arts
Ink Splatter monster + ART - Watch the video - the kids will love this The artist Stefan Bucher work is featured on his website,, is created by using air to blow ink into a unique splatter shape, then using his imagination, he transforms the splatter into a silly monster! The students really enjoy watching Bucher create his artwork.
Tumbling Blocks Illusion + ART Use Incompetech to make your grid. Here's the one I used
Watch the video The kids really loved this. Take a look at come kids versions at KIDS Artists Just using the templates. You can also extend the illusion and be really creative.

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Dear Cathy
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