No: 214

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

Hello Everyone,
There is some frabjous new technology around, take a look at HOLOPORTATION. This of course would be all based on coding.

Also the latest articels acknowledging art as part of computer programing. NO EXCUSE - some simple easy to follow Youtubes using SCRATCH from Paul Hamilton.
And if you are still not convinced as to the relevance of students learning to code take a look at:
Teaching Creative Computer Science: Simon Peyton Jones Published on Apr 29, 2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event. Simon Peyton Jones wants children not just to consume technology, but to be creative with it. What does that mean for teaching computer science in schools.

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100 percent of the shots you don’t take, don’t go in.
Wayne Gretzky, Hockey Legend

100 percent of the shots you don’t take, don’t go in.
Wayne Gretzky, Hockey Legend

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. George S. Patton, U.S. General

There is always an element of creativity when you are working at solving any problem.
Luisa Pereira - creative technologist

What children can do together today they can do alone tomorrow.
Let Vygotsky 1962

My Latest frabjous Word of the Day


adjective: Wonderful; delightful.

Coined by Lewis Carroll in his 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass. A blend of fair, fabulous, and joyous. See the text of the poem Jabberwocky.
Much better than AWESOME


Holoportation: virtual 3D teleportation in real-time (Microsoft Research)

3D ‘Holoportation’ Lets You Virtually Interact With People in Real-Time

For all those STAR TREK fans who wanted to go into the holosuite - the holosuite might be closer than you think.
Holoportation is a new type of 3D capture technology that allows high quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed, and transmitted ANYWHERE in the world in real-time. When combined with mixed reality displays such as HoloLens, this technology allows users to see and interact with remote participants in 3D as if they are actually present in their physical space. Communicating and interacting with remote users becomes as natural as face to face communication. Watch the Video
This is the future our kids will live in. Virtually teleporting anywhere in the world or for that matter in the Universe. So, how can we imagine it? Ask your students to holoport themselves to a place
1. You are studying in geography, science or social studies etc.
2. Their favourite place in all the world.
3. An imagined place they would like to go to.
4. Inside a Beehive
5. Under the water.
Ask students to describe what they can see, look around see what is happening, describe everything that is going on, write down what they are hearing and smelling, and also the colours and the feelings they are having.

Once there done send in the best Holoportation stories and I will publish in VirtualTeacher

Putting the STEAM into STEM
Picasso Was Wrong: Coding IS leading the future of arts related careers.
Pablo Picasso, in one of his more famous quotes said “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”
Now using technology you can stay an artist using technology as your canvas. In fact without creativity technology would not be usable, would not develop and and advance. STEM is based on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, but now STEAM Skills, Science Technology Engineering Art and Maths are building the skills of the future. Future employees will need both technical and artistic skills.
SCRATCH Again FREE app download
Really simple ways to introduce coding into the Literacy and Maths Classroom based on creative problem solving.
Take a look at Paul Hamilton's Video Coding lesson 1 Scratch Jr Literacy
Coding as a way of risk taking. Tak the Cat to the surf board Encouraging kids to test the code. Students don't get the solution first go, they have to use trial and error, when they have done it they get a real buzz out of it. Here is another one of Paul's ideas:-
Tickle App Is another interesting app. Take a look at Paul's video on

iMovie an iMiracle
iMovie is such a great program. So intuitive and easy to use. It is easy to start, and the results can be well a MIRACLE. I love programs that offer easy start up, and immediate productivity, but also extension into more complex and challenging options as expertise grows.
Just recently I worked with some youg people attending the President's Secret Garden event in Malta. In about an hour they had written a a short story, taken a series of photos, added them to a Movie trailer in iMovie, added end credits and produced a short video. We discussed a the purpose of the video, the types of photos needed, introducing terms such as close-up, establishing shot, extreme close-up etc. The results looked amazing, you can take a look at it here:- The President's Wish.

The kids tloved the results. They are keen to do more. We will progress to shooting video, planning STORYBOARDS and writing scripts, doing voice over and adding sound effects we record and music we make in garage band as their expertise develops. Developing concepts about visual imagery - you might like to try PLANNING A PICTURE.
You could of course provide a detailed linear set of instructions for iMovie, but if we are truly trying to develop life long learners, let students discover ow to use iMovie for themselves, ask smart questions, google up video tutorials, ask each other for help and work out how to use it. iMovie is great for this as it is soooo intuitive.
Take a look at the Virtual Teacher page on Visual Literacy for some great ideas.

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If you would like to know how to do this - drop me a line and I will explain next newsletter. this means you can set up an ipad friendly page and have a desktop icon on the ipad or tablet without having an app - an iMiracle. I love it.

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Dear Cathy,
I love the idea of using Kahoot in the classroom BUT
We do not have enough iPads for each child. Can you suggest how Kahoot might be used with children working in groups.

Hi Lee
Simple answer YES. set up your groups and give each group one ipad. The group votes on the answer after discussion - you will need to set your questions times a bit longer. This is actually great fun and promotes great discussion.

You can also set up a Kahoot for a small group to work on - one person can be the 'teacher' and have the master screen while the rest answer the questions.

You can also sent the game to play in ghost mode - so students can play at home or individually. Fabulous.
ciao Cathy

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