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Great work on this resource312:16, 20 October 2009
Learning goals016:20, 2 October 2009
Great content project! Well done212:38, 29 September 2009
Statement of authorship and safety309:52, 29 September 2009
Teacher notes121:15, 28 September 2009

Great work on this resource


I've noticed your wonderful work on this resource. LOTs of great information, and ideas for how to engage children in this important topic. I'm writing with a request. One of the current efforts in WikiEducator is to implement better categorization schemes. WE recommend that all of the pages that are part of one project or resource be categorized together. Then that category can be assigned as a sub-category to other categories. See links to proposed style guides on All pages categorized and Multiple categories for a discussion of this proposed guideline.

For example you could create a category called "Unit on deforestation for primary students" and then code that category on all of the pages in the unit. The resource category could theb be made a sub-category for a more general science category (I've not studied what is now available -- we can make a sensible hierarchy if one doesn't already exist.)

I'm happy to help with the codes and set up of the categories. When you reply to this message (see link in my signature bar below), I'll see the reply and pop back to write back to you.

Regards, Alison

ASnieckus (talk)11:30, 24 September 2009

Hi Alison Thanks for your feedback and encouragement! We (this is a group assignment) are all new to WE but I like the idea of categories as you suggest. Would love your help with coding ... Thanks Heather --Hmlamond 03:18, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

Hmlamond (talk)16:18, 26 September 2009

Hi Alison I've figured out how to add a category to all our pages, here's the link I'm not sure how to hook this up with a larger category as per your suggestion but welcome your help. Many thanks Heather --Hmlamond 22:23, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

Hmlamond (talk)11:23, 27 September 2009

Hi Heather,

Sorry for not getting back to you earlier. (I didn't turn the deforestation page to "watch" so I didn't get a notice of your reply.) I saw a link to your project and thought I'd check in to see how it's coming along. Wow, you and your team have created a wonderful resource. Kudos to you all!

So about categories. Looks like you have successfully created a category for all of the pages in this resource. The next step is to make that category a sub-category of something larger. I think your resource should be categorised in Category:OERNZ_Primary_school. Just as you added the code [[Category:Deforestation_for_primary_students]] to your resource pages, you will add [[Category:OERNZ_Primary_school]] to your Category:Deforestation_for_primary_students page. You'll notice that Category:OERNZ_Primary_school is a subcategory of Category:OERNZ_School.

You can create more categories as needed and hook them together. For example, if the deforestation resource is classified into particular subject areas (or a combined subject area), you could put the deforestation category into those as well. And hook them together with the other OERNZ categories in the same way.

I have to hurry out now, but I'll pop back later to take a closer look. Alison

ASnieckus (talk)12:16, 20 October 2009

Learning goals

I added two objectives one about collaboration and one about justify an argument. I thought these were important skills and should be in the beginning. If not OK feel free to change or delete T

Whaeatina (talk)16:20, 2 October 2009

Great content project! Well done

Hi Everyone,

I've been observing your content project on Deforestation -- great OER project! Well done.

A few thoughts which may help you along:

  • Nice pic of the Orangutan -- however its an all rights reserved copyright and the rights owner has said we are not allowed to use the image. (Sorry -- not my decision :-). However, you may find a substitute on the wikicommons -- all free content which we are allowed to use. See:
  • There is a neat trick -- if you use the identical file name of a Wikicommons image -- it will automaticaly pull into WikiEducator with all the attribution information. If you wanted to insert this image: -- you simply need to use the following syntax [[image:Zoo_z02.jpg]] (note the identical file name. The magic will happen in front of your eyes.
  • As the structure of your resource evolves it may become too complex for the current navigation template you're using. You may want to consider using this template instead which gives you more flexibility to structure the online materials: Wikieducator_tutorial/Navigation_templates/Templates_for_structured_content. Here is an example of the template in action - Wikieducator_tutorial/Developing_a_teaching_resource

Have fun with your editing -- great progress!!!


Mackiwg (talk)10:57, 29 September 2009

Hi Wayne, Thanks for the encouragement and helpful hints. We are trying really hard to produce something worthwhile and fits in wih your vision so to have some encouragement from you means a lot to me.

The navigation template was well worth a look. I liked the double tier running across the top where we could put module and teacher notes links side next to each other. Copyright is so frustrating!!! Oh well, back to editing and checking wikimedia commons for image replacements



Whaeatina (talk)12:00, 29 September 2009

No worries

Glad I could help -- yeah Copyright is frustrating, which is why its so important for us to ensure the development and creation of free alternatives. This way we are part of creating a better and more sustainable world!


Mackiwg (talk)12:38, 29 September 2009

Statement of authorship and safety

Hi I was thinking it would be nice to give some background as to where this resource came from and who the authors are. I also came across this sort of statement and it decided it might be wise to add some sort of disclaimer as well. e.g.

Safety disclaimer

Please keep in mind that the material on this site can be edited by ANYONE. With that in mind, please realize that safety of the teaching ideas cannot be and is not guaranteed by the original authors. Responsibility for classroom safety is a matter for discussion with the administration of your school.

What do you think?

Hmlamond (talk)14:37, 28 September 2009

You are a star when it comes to the internet protocols. I am very pleased to have you looking after that side of things for us. I think the disclaimer is a very good idea. I wouldn't want to be liable or responsible for anything personally.

Not sure about background info. Only real issue I have is attributing work to us and then somebody edits it and we haven't written it, if you know what I mean. Anywho I will go with consensus. Tina

Whaeatina (talk)21:13, 28 September 2009

Hi Added the word originally to authors - does this help? I just thought it might be an idea to signify somewhere that it was a student project? Happy to take this out if we agree...

Hmlamond (talk)05:27, 29 September 2009

Looks good H T

Whaeatina (talk)09:52, 29 September 2009

Teacher notes

I went to add a blurb about the teacher notes being on the bottom and saw this had already been done. Great work! I think they look cute at the bottom in their little boxes T

Whaeatina (talk)21:08, 28 September 2009

Thanks :-)

Hmlamond (talk)21:15, 28 September 2009