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This is a great resource ...215:58, 29 May 2008
A question215:52, 29 May 2008

This is a great resource ...

Hi Alastair

Wow -- that's an interesting resource you are developing on Mars. WikiEducator is a community of people who are working together to develop learning materials, especially for Children who may not be able to afford or buy expensive text books.

I want to thank you for your hard work in helping us -- I'm sure that your work is going to help many kids around the world.

I can see that you have a natural talent and ability for using technology! Gee I'm very impressed.

I hope you don't mind, but I wanted to show you a special feature to include templates -- these are a few smart layout features we have in WikiEducator.

Also, I've included an example incorporating some tricks that you can use with images -- you can read more about this over here.

I'm looking forward to see how your project on Mars develops over time.


Mackiwg (talk)15:15, 29 May 2008

Dear Wayne,

Thanks a lot for the email. Do you really think that people will look at this? It'll be pretty neat if they do. It's getting late now, but tomorrow I will look at those links. I noticed that there have been 103 or more visits to my site. That's pretty exciting.

Good night,


Alastair (talk)15:38, 29 May 2008


I'm pretty sure that people will come and have a look and maybe even use the materials to learn something. The next step is to refine and polish the materials a little and then to ask a few of your friends to take a look and see if they have any suggestions to help you improve the resource.

Yeah -- wiki's are amazing.

Not sure if you tried this yet -- but on the left hand side of the screen there is a link called download as pdf. This will automatically generate a print version of your materials - so kids you don't have access to the internet can get a print copy. In fact you could develop a book on the planets if you wanted to.

I look forward to seeing the next draft.


Mackiwg (talk)15:58, 29 May 2008

A question

Hi -- I don't know much about planets and things, but isn't Mars closer to the sun than Earth?

Why is mars colder than Earth -- I would think that because it is closer to the sun that it would be hotter?

Why is that?


Mackiwg (talk)15:21, 29 May 2008


Actually, Mars is the farthest of the rocky plantes from the sun. The rocky planets are the ones inside the astroid belts. All the ones outside that except Pluto are made of gasses.


Alastair (talk)15:41, 29 May 2008

Aah that makes sense -- I went to wikipedia and now see that Mars is further away from the sun than Earth.

You learn something new everyday! Thanks for your help.


Mackiwg (talk)15:52, 29 May 2008