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

Hello Everyone,
Branson is right. Education, particularly the teaching part seems to be getting more and more complex. Especially with accountability, constantly changing syllubi, digital data entry, reporting etc.
Thank goodness for KAHOOTS.

Simple and so easy. It supports great learning and pedagogy. FROM LEARNERS TO LEADERS WITH THE KAHOOT!

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It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.

Leo Buscaglia, author (31 Mar 1924-1998)

What Do You Do With An Idea?
- you change the world.
This is a fabulous children's picture book take a look
at the YouTube video. Buy it, you'll love it.
In this story, the idea won’t stop nagging the child who, first fears ridicule, but gradually develops self-confidence, and nurtures the idea.
When the idea is successful, the child realizes what you
can do with an idea: “you can change the world!”
This book should be required reading for every person everywhere, and it should come as no surprise that it won the gold award from Independent Publishers Book Awards.
by Kobi Yamada.

I love this interpretation of a simple image.
Challenge your students to come up withsome drawings
of their own and interpret
them in 3 different ways.
Creative thinking eat your heart out.

ROBoT Controlled by a WoRM

First Creature to Have its Brain Entirely Mapped.This robot is controlled by a digital brain of a worm, which was uploaded into the robot. The OpenWorm project has mapped the brain of the tiny nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans), known both for being squirmy and only having 302 neurons.

Check put the Video - Where do you think this technology will go?
Bioluminescent creatures Hashem Al Ghaili
Hashem Al Ghaili Science page has some incredible science videos. Including videos of the Silfra fissure, in Iceland. A diver dives between two continents, Iceland, North America and Europe.
Bioluminescent Beaches in Tasmania and around the world.
I have for many years subscribed to A Word a Day site. It is a fabulous daily email that I look forward to and use often with students. It includes quotes, etymology, usage, word history and of course definitions. It is a great class activity.
Just recently their theme was:
Playing with words
and included
Rebus: A representation of a word or phrase using pictures, symbols, letters, etc.
Calligram: A word, phrase, or piece of text arranged to form a picture of the subject described.
Ambigram: A word or phrase written in a
manner that it reads the same (sometimes, a different word or phrase) when oriented in a different way, for example, when reflected or rotated.
Pangram: A sentence that makes use of all the letters of the alphabet.
Acrostic: A composition in which the first letter
of each line spells out a word or message.
Do check the suitability before sharing with your
class. Most are fine - the acrostic example was
not suitable.
We did have a lot of fun with these words in art lessons and they were great fun.

Kahoot! Making Learning Awesome and it's FREE
Have you ever wanted to give a test, have it marked immediately with all students finishing
at the same time AND enjoying it?
Without papers piling up on your desk,
that is crazy simple to create?
Well now you can with Kahoot!
The Kahoot! Pedagogy is based on creating a trusted learning space, encouraging a loop from “learner to leader”.
Kahoot! is a game-based classroom response system that allows teachers to create and play quizzes, discussions and surveys (called Kahoots) using any device with a web browser. And I love it.
Kahoot questions can include embedded videos and images, and teacherscan control the pace of Kahoot quizzes and surveys by adding a time limit (upto 30s) to each question. As students engage in the “Kahoot,” they are awarded points based on correct answers and the timeliness of their answers.
Kahoot! is one of the rare, great tools that you can learn about today and actually use tomorrow as a go-to formative assessment.
Use Kahoot! with enough lead time to adjust your planning. Before grouping students, you can use a Kahoot right at the start of class and use the results as a guide for differentiated learning.
You can Download and save results, get students practicing at home in ghost mode, and making their own Kahoots. It is really quite a KAHOOT, and students love it, and I love it too. I also use the survey option it is amazing how surprised students are hen they see how different opinions can be.
Supported by Chrome, Firefox , Internet Explorer, Safari, Browser Compatible with iPad and Android.
To make a Kahoot goto signup and get started making your own Kahoot or check out the Public Kahoots.
How To Create a Kahoot! a fabulous downloadable pdf.
Play a Kahoot Log in to Kahoot first then click on the link
To Play a Quiz about Ancient Egypt.
Student goto and login with the pin. I like them to use their own names so I can make sense of the results in the results download.


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To cathy
Cathy, after many years of enjoying Virtual Teacher, you continue to amaze me with the interesting articles provided for us all.
I forwarded the pancreatic cancer video to the biology teacher I work with. Both she and her students loved it.
As always, thank you for your hard efforts!


Hi Nancy,

Good to hear from you. How are you going? What's your class like this year?
Glad you liked the video - you know I just love the amazing things you can do with technology and see online. I think they are inspirational for both kids and teachers.



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