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TO GIF OR JIF THAT IS THE QUESTION?

by CATHY BROWN No:252 01 04 2022
Hello [NAME],

Hello - said the Owl
Look at this amazing animated gif - great imagery and a great creative idea.
Stephen Wilhite, the creator of the GIF, has died at 74. The GIF, or Graphics Interchange Format, dates back to the 1980s, when Wilhite was looking for a way to send high-quality graphics in color during the early stages of the internet.
If you’re wondering how to pronounce "GIF", Wolhite settled the debate in a 2013 interview with the NYT. “The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations. They are wrong. It is a soft ‘G,’ pronounced ‘jif.’
End of story.”
Creativity is in our souls it is "who we are at our deepest biological level", read Hugh MacLeod's quotes and watch Ken Robinson's video about the importance of Creativity, on the the Virtual Teacher iNSPIRING Videos page.
It's nearly Easter, some days off are always a bonus. Take a look the Easter ideas below.
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MINECRAFT eSPORTS

Ahoy there, Matey! Set on an island, adorned with pirate-themed objects and two giant ships, students’ creative skills, decision-making, communication, and collaboration are developed during these team-play competitive Minecraft build battles.

Minecraft eSPORTS is a lot of fun. My R&D (Research and Development) group have been designing challenges we can play as a whole class. We are also playing some of the exisiting eSPORTS challenges.
One of the best ones to play first is Pirate Cove.
In Minecraft Education, click on PLAY, Click on View Library, Click on Subject Kits, scroll down to eSPORTS, select Make a Model Pirate Cove. Take a look at the video with your whole tribe first, it is a great quick start option.
You can check out the Virtual Teacher Minecraft page for some quick start tips and videos to get the ball rollling. The videos are great for K-6.

EASTER


I love the KROTAK Easter ideas they all look amazing. and the Origami Manias is a splendid paper folding task that WORKS so well!!!

And since we are talking about chickens, here's a rather interesting article on "Why did the Chicken cross the road?"
Yes! that old chestnut. It, once again, shows teachers know what they're talking about.


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Check out some of the STEM Tutorial Playlist videos on the Virtual Teacher Youtube Channel. The Minecraft Tutorials provide a good starting point for both beginner teachers and students. Work can be set with Casual staff using them and also done at home by thw whole family.
Lately we have been loving doing KAHOOTS! Setting the challanges so kiddos can work on them at home. And also using them as part of a zoom meeting. Start with the FREE version so you can get the feel of it. Here's my HOWTO Video on how to make a KAHOOT!. Simple easy and straight to the point. You will need to setup an account first.
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