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Subject: Virtual Teacher - BEWARE THE JABBERWOCK
VT No. 66  February 28th  
1. Welcome
2. Mind Candy
3. WWWinfo Email Safety
4. New Printables ? ICT Scope and Sequence
5. Technical Stuff ?  Email and ICT Seminars
6. Web Site Focus ? Leonardo Da Vinci
7. Webquests
8. Great Sites
9.  Readers' Requests/Comments
10 Next Issue
11. Code of 'Netizens'
12. Tips
"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch.",
If you look, you will find many evil Jabberwocks and nasty
Bandersnatches in this world out to get us, including the
dreaded frumious SPAM on our emails, offering all manner
of weirdo paraphernalia, from the scrofulous through to the
 illegal through to the, cockamamie.  Education Departments
are worried, and feel the need to set up secure and ?safe?
systems for students and teachers to use to PROTECT
them from the evils lurking in cyberspace. This is, as Nero
Wolf would say, ?Nincompoopery?.  Students need to learn to
deal with the real world, special programs developed specifically
for school use, deprive them of learning life skills they WILL need.  
They need to see the dangers, problems, pitfalls and learn to
deal with them.  Every teenager has or will have an email
address, and it certainly won?t include an .edu  extension.
Just as with child protection education, we need to give our
students the skills to navigate cyberspace successfully, and
use email responsibly, the skills to be aware of the pitfalls
and problems. DO Yahoo mail, DO Hotmail, and then talk
about misuse of emails, inform the students parents and
arm your students with the information they need to deal
with email and online technology effectively and appropriately.
Also a letter to parents about Email.
What makes a great teacher, the ability to:-
To have total control but to let go at the same time.
No matter what happens, there is always somebody around
who knew it would.
If you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that
something else is more important than fear.
Manager: "For a man with no experience, you are certainly
asking for a high salary."
Applicant: "Well, the work is much harder when you don't
know what you're doing!"

Learn how to write proper quotations, citations, and bibliographies.
Find website sources that are used by cheaters and find the website
sources that are use to fight digital cheating.
3. WWWinfo Internet and Email Safety
Scope and Sequence for ICT
Scope and sequence updated to include Databases
Year 1-7 Program for computers in learning
Messages to be monitored before going to schools
By Linda Doherty, Education Writer 17th Feb 2003
Students using email in NSW public schools will have Big Brother
Watching over them as the Carr Government evaluates how
the technology is used and how much extra work it requires of teachers.
This story was found at:
Bringing ?IT? to Teachers - Free Road Train with a Difference.
This is an opportunity to talk directly to suppliers, attend software
demonstrations from Edsoft, robotics workshops from
Educational Experience and see the latest audio visual products
from TCP. Enjoy afternoon tea with our compliments,
receive a free showbag and be in the draw to win our major prize
of a Sanyo DVDSL20 DVD player, drawn after the final
session at Bathurst. These special IT sessions will include
presentations and displays from:-
LINDA ZUGAI - EDSOFT: The Primary Session will
include Max?s Sandbox, Kidspiration, Clicker
4 and the latest product from Crick Software ClozePro*.
The Secondary session will include
Inspiration 7*, Stop Motion Pro* and the latest Absorb
Courseware for Physics, Chemistry and
Maths from Crocodile Clips. Those products marked
* have application to both Primary and
Secondary. More information about these products is
available from the Edsoft 2003 catalogue
or email Linda at Linda.Zugai@xxxxxxxxxxx
An introductory Robotics hands on workshop for Primary
& High School teachers.
Participants will learn how easy it is to use LEGO
Mindstorms for Schools and implement robotics in the
classroom. The session will also include an overview of
Robocup Junior Australia a National Robotics competition
for Primary & High School students. This competition gives
students an opportunity to design, build & program
robots to Dance. Rescue or play Soccer.
LINDA SOMERS - TCP: This is an opportunity to experience
and compare user-friendly data projectors, their features and
3.00-4.00PM Afternoon Tea
3.00-6.30PM Resources on Display
4.00-5.00PM Session 1 :Software demonstration - Primary Focus
:Robotics Workshop for Primary and Secondary Teachers
5.00-6.00PM Session 2 :Software demonstration ? Primary & 
Secondary Focus Robotics Workshop for Primary and Secondary Teachers
EMAIL Linda.Zugai@xxxxxxxxxxx
Hi Cathy,
Environment Victoria and Smogbusters are running a debating challenge for
high school students. The idea of the competition is to promote the use of
sustainable transport. If possible it would be great if the debating
challenge and our contact details could be mentioned in your newsletter.
Let me know if you have any queries.
Lisa Litchfield
For more information contact virginia.simpson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Closing date for ATOM Award submissions Monday MARCH 12, 2003 9.00am
New ATOM Award as the deadline is only two weeks away.
myinternet sponsors the Best Educational Website created by a teacher.
Those entries from teachers from a myinternet school have a discount of
$25.00 per entry. Usually entry fee is $55.00.
Further details:
EdNA Online has provided schools with a detailed online version of
the Australian Schools Calendar:
Got no money to buy Lego Technic or Robolab,try this:-
This is amazing.
Looking for software to support the digital forms part of
the new NSW K6 Art Syllabus try Dogwaffle.
It has similar tools to Corel's Painter and it is free.
Hint - right click on the brush tool for a heap more brushes.

This comprehensive site for fourth- through eighth-graders,
created by the Boston Museum of Science, brings Leonardo's work
alive through activities.  It is divided into four sections:
Inventor's Workshop (Leonardo's machines), Leonardo's
Perspective (Renaissance drawing techniques), What, Where, When?
(a brief bio) and Right to Left (his curious habit of writing in
reverse).  The online activities include three Shockwave lessons
in perspective and the opportunity to decipher one of da Vinci's
inventions.  Is it a drill, a crane, a wrecking ball?
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Leonardo da Vinci
Martin Kausal's biographical site traces Leonardo's life from
his 1452 birth in a Anchiano farmhouse, just outside the town of
Vinci, to his death at age sixty-seven.  Be sure to mouse over
the photographs, as additional details will pop up when you do.
Other highlights include an article  exploring  Mona Lisa's
mysterious smile, the possibility that Leonardo invented the
bicycle and two streaming videos.

Leonardo's Codex
The Codex Leicester, written between 1506 and 1510, "is a lively
record of Leonardo's thoughts. It embraces a wide variety of
topics, from astronomy to hydrodynamics, and includes Leonardo's
observations and theories related to rivers and seas; the
properties of water; rocks and fossils; air; and celestial
light. All of this is expressed in his signature mirror writing,
as well as in more than 300 pen-and-ink sketches, drawings, and
diagrams,  many of them illustrating imagined or real
experiments." On loan from Bill Gates, the Codex is on display
at the American Museum of Natural History, and at this website.

Mona Lisa Images for a Modern World
Is a  Mona Lisa teapot simply kitschy trash or is it art?  Take
a look around, and decide for yourself.  As an alternative to
reading the entire article, you can skip to the image gallery by
following the link to the Table o f Images.  The Teacher's Guide
offers dozens of great questions to stimulate discussion.
"Should great works of art be protected from commercial use and
ridicule? Why or why not? Does an advertisement ridicule a work
of art when that work is used to sell, say, suntan lotion?"

National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci
The Leonardo da Vinci  National Museum of Science and Technology
in Milan has a great companion website to its massive 15000
piece collection.  First stop is Leonardo's Gallery, with photos
of over a hundred  modern  models.  Next is Virtual Leonardo, a
three-dimensional exhibit where you can interact with the
models, and "walk" around the virtual museum.  A VRML (Virtual
Reality Modeling Language ) plug-in is required.  Other sections
include a brief biographical time line, and the story of a
bronze horse built in 1999 based on Leonardo's drawings.
The effectiveness and value of the webquest or online scaffolding
increases with improved access and faster computers.  Webquests
enable teachers to cater for individual needs and allow students to
work at their own pace. Here are some brilliant links to webquests
and info on constructing your own.
Make your own Rubric for use in the Classroom ? excellent online
resource which makes life much easier.  Just select your outcomes
and a rating of 1 to 4 for each outcome will automatically  appear,
great time saver.
The Wonka Factory
Yes, the gratuitous references to the candies are here, but check
out this room: Knid Knockers, Oompas Rush and the Nerds
Ropes game! Invention trivia too.
Great OZ site. Games Brainteasers, Puzzles, reasoning and
spatial skills.
Parliament of Australia
Get an insiders view of the workings of Parliament from live
webcasts at this site.
International Year of Fresh Water  2003
Human Impact on Water Environments - Great Unit from
Pembroke Junior School
Water Conservation Unit - Fantastic - gathering information from
your local environment.
Easy Video Conferencing - set up a webcam for your school
There are some great links and ideas at the NSW Country Areas
Program Site
Here are a few for HSIE, well presented easy to use, all current.
Human Society and Its Environment
Stage 1 Links
Stage 2 Links
Stage 3
I love your newsletter!  I am certain that somewhere in the last
few years you must have touched upon the subject of helping
children put together a solar system kit.  My second-grade daughter
needs this for the middle of March at school.  Would you be so
kind as to guide me to web pages where I might find pointers on
how to do the solar system?  I'd appreciate it very much.
Toty Martin
Cleveland, Ohio
Hi Toty,
The best way to search VT is to use the google search engine on
the directory page.
There are quite a few resources on my science page:-
One of my favourites is
As to building one - I like the idea of balloons of different sizes
and papie mache, suspended on string like a mobile.  Alternatively
use differently sized polystyrene balls, coloured, and kebab skewers
stuck into something like a block of polystyrene.
Dear Cathy,
Thanks for such an informative and useful site. This year I have
been made responsible for Mathematics in our school. I have
had many requests for help and guidance from my fellow
colleagues in regards to integrating maths into technology.
Can you please help with any useful websites or the latest in
useful software that will support Mathematics K-6??? Thanks
again Sharon
If anyone else would like to see a sample page just let me
know and I will email  some out to you.  If you, if there is
enough interest I will start duplicating.
Hi Sharon,
You can do a google search of my site from the google search
engine on my directory page
One of my favourite games is
There are also some great sites listed on  my maths links page at:-
I have written a CD based book on multiplication tables as well
which I find rather fun to use - however I haven't found a
company to publish it yet.  But I may relook at it this year as I
have had considerable interest in it. And I believe multiplication
tables are one of the most difficult and crucial things to teach
in primary school.   I have attached one of the pages, it has
come interactive features - others like the sound effects are a
little harder to send via email.   The pages can be printed or
used online as you can see.  If I get enough interest I will
duplicate the CDs myself and sell them direct.
Hi Cathy,
I am just wondering whether you know of any great sites for
casual teachers to get resources/advice/worksheets etc..
I have just started teaching casually in Sydney and find it
hard to prepare last minute.  Is this something that just
comes in time? By the way your site has given me a great
starting point
Hi Maria,
The Armament of a good casual teacher.
1. A good book to read - Tashi,  Series of Unfortnate Events by
Lemony Snicket,  Something that you really like yourself and love
to read.  Most of the Dr Seuss material.
2. A great poem to learn  I like, The Gofongo, My Noisy Brother  
by Bruce Lansky
3. A great writing activity - one of my favourites is to choose
a word and use it as many times as you can in a story.  
Limit the time - say 10 min. Then stories are read to partners
or groups or class.
4. A group maths activity Like Euclid's Game( you can play it
on the blackboard then the students can play it at their tables in pairs)
5. A great art activity - particularly good are tessellations and
pattern making.  A still life is great - using the works of Margaret
Olley for a stimulus. (Simple, using pencils or crayons)
6. Some songs to sing and teach the children.  And some great
music to play and listen to or move to.
And that's your day.  No photocopying, no messy paints,
nothing out of control, but lots of fun.
Hi Cathy,
Regarding the query from Kym re the virtual classroom for
excluded students.   Steven Heppell at Ultralab (
in the UK has been running a  project for such students called
NotSchool.  ( " is
an on-line virtual  learning community of teenagers who find
 themselves outside of traditional  learning institutions in the
long term. It offers them a community of learners,  teachers,
and experts who share some innovative learning tools.  seeks to be a solution to returning some of
these teenagers to learning."
This started as a research project but has been so successful
that it is being  made more widely available across the UK.
Hope this helps
PS love what you're doing!
10.  NEXT ISSUE -  Easter sites and ideas, send in ideas or
sites that are fantastic.  I will also look at great speeches online
- for the extra-audio experience. Have a good fortnight.
Ciao  Cathy
11. Code of the 'Netizens'
This Newsletter is not free, despite the misleading advertising
above. The Fee is now due. Each week you must help one
colleague on the Internet who has less knowledge than you.
Help that person even if you have to visit their classroom or
do a little research and get back to them. Trust me, this will
help a lot of people get their computer classrooms running better.
OK I'm trusting you!!!
12. TIPS
1. Double click on highlighted URLS to open in browser.
2. Send in your Questions, Questions will be published with
Answers, send in your Answers, if you have expertise to share.
3. Nominate a brilliant site for review and inclusion in this
4. Nominate a fantastic school site for review and inclusion in
this newsletter.
5. Make contact with other schools using fantastic programs.
6. Prepare and innovative article for this newsletter.
7. Tell 2 colleagues about this newsletter.
The opinions expressed here are purely those of the editor,
Cathy Brown. All other small print clauses apply. Such as:
Use at your  own risk. Nothing in life is guaranteed. If it doesn't
work for you send me an email.
Editor: cathy brown mailto:cathy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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