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Hello Everyone,
Welcome back, a new school year starting. I have included lots of great ideas to get the ball rolling.
I have been living in MALTA for the last few months. MALTA is the 9th smallest country in the world. It has a rich history and a great connection with Australia.
Take a look at some of the resources and maybe replan your ANZAC day.
iStop Motion has just been released for iPad take a look at the new advanced options. Fall in LOVE with Geology again with the SUPER MAN caves of Naicia. Make your students' eyes sparkle and inestigate some amazing things. This is the beginning of 2016 so send this newsletter to anyone you think might like it and encourage them to subscribe.
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What's Wrong with this - ask you class to prove it.
February - 2016 – happens only every 823 years? This popular urban myth has been circulating on the internet for a while. However, it is precisely that: a myth.
4 Sundays
4 Mondays
4 Tuesdays
4 Wednesdays
4 Thursdays
4 Fridays
4 Saturdays
Answer to what's wrong.....
Every Febraury has this as it has 28 days so simple maths 4 x 7 = 28 proves it or look it up on future calenders
This year February is actualy a leap your so there are actually 5 Mondays. 4 x 7 = 28 plus one extra day.

"... it only makes sense to have rich information in the classroom if you're going to let kids ask questions and explore questions."
Jamie McKenzie

The Triple Filter Test
One day an acquaintance met Socrates and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”
“Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before telling me anything I`d like you to pass a little test.
It`s called the Triple Filter Test.
“Triple filter?”
“That`s right,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and fi lter what you`re going to say. That`s why I call it the triple filter test.
Read the rest on Virtual Teacher

Amazing Crystal Cave - How Earth Made Us - S1 Ep1 Preview - BBC Two

Maybe this is the REAL SUPERMAN CAVE. What do you think of this?
Find out more about the caves at Naicia These large columns of selenite crystals(gypsum) are spectacular.
Also check out the Geology Page at Virtual Teacher. I love the Geology Kitchen
The 9th smallest country in the world, rich with history with a deep connection to Australia.
Australia’s little known WW1 history in Malta where ANZAC troops enjoyed respite, recreation and rehabilitation. This News site is a great source of photos and information
Put a new spin on ANZAC investigations this year and take a look at Malta - the Hospital of the Mediterranean where our soldiers were treated during the War.
The Australian High Commision to MALTA
Has some excellent pdfs documenting the ANZACs in MALTA.
The 'ANZAC Experience in Malta' is a series of four individual self-guided tours to the principal sites associated with ANZAC personnel; mainly during the First World War.
Maps and historic detail are provided in these documents so, for students not lucky enough to be in Malta - a Virtual Tour is a great experience.
Some Amazing Facts and figures from World War 2. Malta was the most Bombed country in the World(rare colour film), the concentration of bombs far surpassing that suffered by London in the Blitz.

Upper Barrakka Gardens Valletta at the noon ceremonial gun firing.- Photo by Geoffrey Brown 2015
Video History of Malta with revolving background. This is 6m video that gives a potted history of Malta - with a revolving background from the Upper Barrakka Gardens - rather humorous - good over view.
More a more indepth history take a look at VISITMALTA with timelines and details from prehistoric times to current national Profile of Malta
Knights of MALTA
This is a fascinating part of the Maltese history.
The Order of the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem also known as Order of Saint John, Order of Hospitallers, Knights Hospitaller, and the Hospitallers, were among the most famous of the Roman Catholic military orders during the Middle Ages.

The defended Malta against the advance of the Ottoman empire(The Turks). There are some fascinating stories about them and the armour and weapons they used were amazing.
Take a look at how to become a knight and history. Look at the Video about the seige of Malta - one of the Islands' greatest stories.

iStop Motion for iPad costs about $10.00
Stop frame animation has been around for a very long time and is great fun to do.
The iStopMotion animation app, is a software package that brings some pro animation features to iPads and iPhones.
The technique of stop-motion animation is almost as old as the craft of animation itself. Championed in the UK by the likes of Aardman Animation, The Trousers and Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep etc.
Take a look at the Boinx website there are some videos on the site that demonstrate the usage well.
Here's a quick video sample of of iStopmotion - with motor drive sounds, from the site.
Stop Frame motion is a great app
Red Shark gives a comprehensive review(great site for Film industry gleanings)
Take a look at the Video Tutorial - FREE to start with.
Stop motion animation tutorial: An introduction to iStopMotion for iPad |
Stop Motion app FREE for iphone and ipad.
Download it now. I played with it for a whole weekend. No instructions needed
your students will be able to figure it out for themselves. A tripod of some sort is suitable. I rigged a simple one up for my iPhone using one of one of the car hands free dvices and masking tape. It worked a treat.
So simple and easy.
Stop Motion app FREE for iphone and ipad.
For a bit more in background take a look at the TEDED lesson on
Animation basics: Homemade special effects - TED-Ed with links to "The Conjuror" by George Melies (1899). The pixilated film Luminaris (2011) by Juan Pablo Zaramella which was nominated for an Oscar© in 2012.
London Panorama this is amazing Move the mouse around and discover the streets of London.
Take a look at an amazing range of panoramas at Airpano

Is on Sunday 14th Febraury check out the Link on Virtual Teacher for some great ideas.

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

I am Lily Ward and I have a ? about the webpage
which links to Unfortunately, that site isn't very accessible for sight
impaired individuals and I was wondering if you would also include a link to a more accessible
version like If you ever want to see if a page is accessible,
I recommend using


Hi Lily
Thanks Lily - I add this link to the page. And also to the Easter Page on the site.
Thanks for your input. I love to hear about better ways to use the web.
Please send in any other suggestions you have.


Hi Cathy,
I’m always on the lookout for fun, engaging and effective lesson plans, activities, articles and tips. To that end, I wanted to thank you for providing resources on your site to other educators like me. It truly takes a village to educate our children, so thank you for sharing!

Following in your footsteps, I wanted to share the resources I’ve collected over the past month in case you’d like to use or post any - I thought they’d make a great addition to your site (here: but please review to see if you agree:

Nutrition Education: Resources for Middle and High School
Teaching World War One History through Food - this is a great one
STEM-Works Activities
Financial Literacy and Real Estate Investment Lesson Plans
Biology Lesson Plans: Activities, Experiments, and Science Labs
The Educator’s Guide to Building and Construction
7 Practices for Effective Learning
Smartphones as Tools for Education: Getting Smart With Smartphones
A Guide to Classroom Technologies that Increase Learning: An Educator’s Resource

Thank you for showing support to our teachers by sharing resources far and wide!
I also wanted to offer my writing services to you - if you’d like a guest article written on the topic of making education fun, attainable and effective, I’d love a chance to write something. Just let me know!

Thanks Jasmine

I will check these out and include them in the next newsletter. I will keep your details on file - I also design websites myself but outsource some things.


Thanks, Cathy!
It really is exciting to see those resources shared so many people can use them too.
Thanks as well for telling me more about what you do, and the websites that you've designed.
I'll keep your email on file too, and see if we'll need your expertise at some point in the future.
All the best,

Hello Cathy!

I was on this page earlier: and this was the link I found that isn't working: AlwaysMath ( — I hope this makes your day a little easier!

By the way, I volunteered with two organizations this past year that I think would be great to also support on your page:, who raises awareness for the consequences of addiction and helps communities become drug-free (, and the who also promotes better health through education and awareness ( They’re both organizations that work hard to improve the community around us. Could you support them by adding them to your page, too?

Thanks and have a wonderful day!
Alice Stone

Hi Alice,
I will be putting these resources in my next news letter thanks for the info on the broken link. I have removed it from the site.
Not sure where they fit on the current webpages - but I am working on a Food and Health page for next month so will include them in that.
Have a great day


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