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Date: Sat, 3 May 2003 19:06:38 +1200
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Virtual Teacher Newsletter  No. 70  May 3rd 2003
1. Welcome
2. Mind Candy
4. New Printables -  DATABASE ? MOONS OF JUPITER
5. Technical Stuff ? FREE ADOBE PDF
6. Web Site Focus - DATABASES
8. Great Sites
9.  Readers' Requests/Comments
10 Next Issue
11. Code of 'Netizens'
12. Tips
WELCOME EVERYONE.  Every now and then you read another
Article, survey or research project about the GREENHOUSE effect.
I recently read about an international survey of schools and
students which researched their knowledge of the causes and
understanding of the GREENHOUSE.  It seems quite amazing
to me, that the only ?facts? folk seem to be aware of are manmade.
But old mother nature has the last word?..
So here it is in a nutshell- Global Warming the Greenhouse effect,
the whole geological truth.

The climate on earth is not stable. It changes between Ice Age
and Greenhouse frequently. There was a glacial advance 8,000
years ago, and another between 5,800 and 4,900, since then
North America and Northern Europe have experienced 2 further
glacial advancing episodes, in 1300-400 BC and 1300-1920 AD,
yes, that?s right, just recently. This means we are currently in a
greenhouse period, which will most probably continue to effect
climate for at least another 500 years. During the history of the
earth there have been many very rapid periods of warming, of
up to 7 degrees, in less than a century.
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet has been changing rapidly, in
Geological terms, for the last 6,000 years and is slowly disintegrating.
Its collapse today would see a sea level rise of 6 metres.
Supernova eruptions, solar flaring, sunspots, orbital wobbles,
meteorites, comets, life, mountain building, erosion, weathering,
sedimentation, continental drift, volcanoes, ocean currents,
tides and ice armadas can all cause dramatic effects on our
climate. Stopping them is pretty tough even for modern
man and that?s the problem old mother nature is much more
pervasive than any man-made pollutants but people are still
being told that man is the villain here. Environmental responsibility
is worth while and necessary but it is only one small aspect affecting
our planets health and if we are to be good planetary citizens it?s
up to us to know all the facts and that?s where the internet comes in.
You all have the power to research this or any concern and develop
a balanced understanding on each topic or issue, rather than rely
on some popularist bandwagon, usually motivated by political self
interest of one sort or the other. We need to teach our children
how to research information rather than accepting everything
they read as fact.

To start the ball rolling on this topic goto
or pick up a copy of Ian Plimer?s book
The Internet, WOW what a resource.
'The guts of teaching is simple - it is the relationship between a
teacher and a group of kids'
Howard Wilson
'Nothing has happened in education until it has happened to a
student.'             Joseph Carroll
'Intellectual activity anywhere is the same whether at the frontier
of knowledge or in a third grade classroom.'               Jerome Bruner
'The greatest unexplored territory in the world is the space
between the ears.'    Bill O'Brien CEO

'I set myself as the goal the maximum capacity that people have
- I settle for no less. I make myself a relentless architect of the
possibilities of human beings.'
Benjamen Zander Conductor Boston
'A school isn't good enough until it is good enough for our own
children. In fact it's not only that it must be good enough for our
own children but it must be the dream school we want for our
H Levin Stanford Prof of Economics
3. WWWinfo
Fair Trading - A students Guide to Consumer Rights - Great site
includes history and advice.
Never sign anything that you haven't read or understood - especially
if it has blank spaces. There's rarely a cooling-off period and if you
do cancel, you may be up for a hefty cancellation fee.
Renting Moving in Living there Your rights Renting contacts
Wheels Wheels contacts
Shopping and refunds Internet shopping Credit Managing your
credit card Credit contacts
Moons of Jupiter Database
Free pdf writer - Windows only.
QSITE 2003 State Conference ICTs by Design
Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane -3 & 4 July 2003
June 30-July 2 Specialist Workshops
The program for the conference is coming along well with 3 days of
pre-conference workshops including multimedia, web building,
3D studio max,
online course building and ASP workshops.
Register via the web site
8th Early Childhood Convention
Sunday, 21 September 2003 - Thursday, 25 September 2003. A
premier early childhood event in New Zealand, held every four years,
the Convention will attract approximately 1200 practitioners,
researchers, academics, students, educators, government department
staff and officials and more. The convention includes three full days of
professional program offering new research material and practical
professional development.
Hello Cathy
Could you put some of this in your next newsletter for me please?
Just a note to remind everyone that the SACK project activities get
underway when SA schools get back from holidays i.e. April 28.
Some activities are reserved for South Australian school while others are
available Australia wide.
You can see the activities for Term 2 at
Teachers who are interested in being kept informed of events are invited to
join the SACK2003 mailing list. See
Emails to this list will come only from the SACK project manager and will
be restricted to announcements about SACK project activities.
Participating teachers will be consulted for activities for Term 3.

All schools are invited to send introductions to sapp2202@xxxxxxxxxxxx
together with a picture of your class or your school.

To start the term off we have the Grocery Shopping List (for everyone) and
What/Where (SA schools only).
Those activities will happen for 5 weeks, but your class needs to check
What/Where each day and send their guesses in on the Friday of the week.
In the second half of the term there is SA Quiz (SA schools only) and Book
reviews (Australia wide)
There are now 3 travel buddies.
Sappy's schedule is just about full, but Drag'n Dropp has a number of spots
left for K-5 classes in the Adelaide metropolitan area.
We have a new travel buddy called Shirley Valentine Bear who can go on
short visits to other states.  Check it all out at
Kerrie Smith kerrie.smith@xxxxxxxxxxxx
A database is a collection of data arranged for ease and speed of
search and retrieval.   Simple databases can be set up in both Excel
and Access. Access more suited to business applications, and
High School Commerce students, I prefer using Excel as an
initial database program for students.  Excel is billed as a
spreadsheet program, but also has database features.  Using
Excel is straight forward and the interface has many features
similar to other Microsoft Office Programs.
It also has the advantage of being a spreadsheet as well, allowing
graphing and computations to be added after data collection.

I love Excel for its flexibility.
Database Functions in Excel include
1. Basic functions of sorting in both ascending and descending order.
(Data menu)
2. Form View is available (Data menu)
3. Searching using the find command (Edit Menu)

There  are many database collection activities that can be completed
at school, like, student details, leisure activities of students, canteen
food purchased during one week etc.  Above in "printables" section,
is a Database of the ?Moons of Jupiter? for students to complete.
The template can be saved in individual student folders and the
answers written directly onto the database.  The questions tackle
most of the features of databases including fields, records, sorting
and informational retrieval.

When you have finished with the database functions, draw a simple
bar graph of the Moons of Jupiter, this is a far better way to answer
question 8 on the template.

Spreadsheet downloads and other ICT downloads
Excel Tutorials;1051869906
Access Tutorials;1051869939
Databases 2 next newsletter.
7. WWWDrama
There are many great Drama sites on the Internet, they are very
comprehensive and cover all aspects of stage craft.  Just brilliant.
There are also sites where whole plays can be downloaded.
I have included some of my favourites here.

The Reading Lady provides over 40 free reader's theatre scripts
to download in MS WORD or Adobe files. Stories include many
classic and recent children's books.

The Art & Science of Theatre
Covers all aspects of theatre, including history, the art of theatre,
and even theatre's effect on society. Includes a long list of reviewed
  links.  Great site, very comprehensive.

iHigh High School Internet Network's Drama Page
Includes tips and articles on a wide variety of theatre topics.
As well as some great links.

Electronic Text Archives and Plays online including full
versions of many plays. Last time I used this resource was
when my son was atempting to write a last minute essay on
Shakespeare and he had left the text at school, very handy.

Apple Quicktime movie trailers - make sure you download the
latest quicktime player
If you are into really amazing pictures of anatomy, these are the sites for 
  These images are not to be viewed while eating lunch.
Human body sites
Human anatomy online ? contains diagrams and good descriptive text.
also the visible human project
is a really interesting way to virtually explore the body
which can be done in 2d or 3d. Lots of related resources and information.
Webquests for senior students
Thesis builder - excellent site to get the ball rolling.
This Website will help you draft a clear thesis statement for your
persuasive essay. To use Thesis Builder, you'll need:
a topic opinions about the topic some reasons for your opinion and
why other people might disagree
I Published the letter below to Cheryl here because the email I
sent bounced back, often if you are having trouble with one email
service, it is a good idea to set up another one and ask for
responses to be sent to both.  This way you can see if the original
email address is working or not.
Hi Cathy
I look forward to receiving your newsletter regularly. I have been
away for a couple of weeks and on my return I have found that
no email has been forwarded to my account since 09/04/03. I am
just checking to see if you had forwarded VT Newsletter No. 69
as I am trying to trace the source of the problem in relation to me email.
With thanks
Cheryl Howse

Hi Cheryl,
Newsletter 69 was sent out on April 1tth 2003 it can be found at:-
Number 70 is due out this Friday.

Very disappointed that you only put American Sites there. At
Northern Beaches State High School, we have our own 3D
Virtual Tour that our Year 10 Information Technology Students
made. If you like, check it out - It's under the Virtual Tour Link
on the left menu. The students did it all!
MJ Raatz
The panoramas site is actually a site from Denmark, it covers
AUSTRALIA - NEW ZEALAND. I suggest you request they
also link to your site.
The one of the most recent panoramas, Week 16 2003, is of
Sydney Harbour and the Opera House and is fantastic.
If any others have any great sites it's best to send them in to
VT if you would like them to be reviewed here.

Hi Cathy!
I am a student secondary teacher (Southern Cross University,
Lismore) Do you have any hints relevant for HSIE at a secondary
Kind Regards,
Can anyone help Kristie ? the question is pretty broad.
Hi Cathy
I have recently set up a new website for our Ipswich District
Teacher-Librarian Network on Education Queensland's Learning Place.
It has information about the Festival of Children's Literature in September
which includes an online chat component and a Writing competition
for adults. There are also a number of useful links to browse.
Jenny Stubbs
Thanks for letting me know looks like a great site.

Dear Cathy
Do you have past newsletters available, please? The last one
was "dropped off" my system! To avoid this happening again,
I've set up a "Virtual Teacher" folder in my Personal Filing Cabinet
so I can store all your valuable newsletters from now on.
Thanks for all your valuable info ? am looking forward to learning
more advanced use of 'Access' databases in your next newsletters.
Gill    :-)

Hi Gill,
All past newsletters, all 69 can be sound at:-
However I usually use the google site search engine
on the directory page
I wont be covering more advanced databases using Access,
it would be a very lengthy newsletter if I did.  However Atomic
Learning has some excellent tutorials on Access.

Hi Cathy,
Thanx for listing my Symmetry Site on your newsletter
but I just thought I'd let you know that the last 2
virtual teacher newsletters have been sent straight to
my Bulk Mail box (Spam protection I think).
My guess is that the title looked a little like spam.
Anyway, now the holidays are on and I'm doing what
teachers do during holidays, I'm adding a heap of my
reading and maths resources to my website.
Check out the printable Reading and Maths games at
The stats show that heaps of people are downloading
them and I've received some really nice emails
thanking me for saving people time.

Hi Adrian,
Great site, lots of fantastic ideas I will put it in the next newsletter.
have a great holiday.

Hi Cathy

I'm a senior school librarian and find your site excellent. As well as
finding lots of useful stuff for myself I try to pass interesting things
on to other staff. I especially enjoy the mind candy.
A friend of mine who is a primary school teacher wants to do a unit of
work next term based on Charlotte's Web by E B White and I wondered if
you or your subscribers could help with lesson plans, ideas, related
activities, web quests etc.
Yours optimistically
Jan Nicholls

Hi Jan,
Here's some info to get started with:
Charlotte's web activities:,1156,2-14096-1,00.html
EB White biog
I'll also put this request in the next newsletter.
10. NEXT ISSUE -  We will cover Part 2 of databases,  Intranets
will need to go on hold till we finish with database.  More sites on
digital portfolios as well as a look at making your own Rubrics f
or evaluation.
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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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