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Skills hunt from WE

While I am enjoying every skills set I am learning now in the wiki,I am wondering whether there will or there is a possibility of acquiring skills in things such as multimedia or simulation creation tools( as OER). I tend to find those on the Internet a bit off the mark and have always dreamed of making mine...suitable for my situation which in my view may go a long way in our endeavor of being relevant.--Jlubega 05:55, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Hi Joseph, I see your "big dream". With programming simulations, I always use the old BASIC (f. ex. QuickBasic) that I learned still in the late 70s. This is something nice and easy to realize. The last years I even taught some basics of this language to my students (f. ex. simple algorithms), simulations of accelerated movements etc.). But as far as I know, today people mostly use Java for programming their applets. And this seems to be a lot of work, but of course looks much nicer still. Here is a link to the beautiful Java applets of Walter Fendt, a German physics teacher who is famous for this. I don't think these are "off the mark".--Günther Osswald 14:14, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
Hi Günther,thanks alot for this link. I have downloaded java and them. They really are good and up to the standard of our secondary physics.I have created alink to them for my students and I am bombarded with lots of "thank you" from them. I also intend to use them shortly.Bravo--Vkizza 09:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
Hi Vincent, the "bravo" to you for right away trying the resources! I knew you would like these applets. Could you give us some more info on the use in your classroom? How was that with the language difficulty? Is there a translation to English needed? I know Walter Fendts simulations since 2001, where I used some in class. Until then I've used them only rarely. And could you tell us also why the students were so enthusiastic about them? --GünOsswald 11:22, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

There is a link at the page for English version of the applets...and it is what i used in my case. So I just turned to that. On the method used,I had just taught the topic of pulleys and so had them do the related simulation from their workstations mostly as revision.--WikiFlora 14:48, 30 October 2008 (UTC)

Hi Florence, I'm happy to see that you too used the applets. Congrats! But please beware of an overestimation of these applets. In case you had real pulleys (like Vincent has in his lab), the students should not be prevented from this hand-on experience only because the simulation is easier to be implemented. But (I think you know this.)--GünOss 09:43, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

In my case, when I downloaded the applets(in English) cut them on 10 CDs and the students worked in groups and they were so happy because,then,they could change the parameters and see what happens--Vkizza 14:41, 30 October 2008 (UTC)

You have to produce CDs? Don't you have a central server for the teacher?--GünOss 09:43, 3 November 2008 (UTC)
Here I want to pass the input of Peter (idea 18) to make worksheets for the use of the applets. Possibly Walter Fendt has some on his page, or other authors (search needed). But ideally the worksheet has roots in an everyday situation in the context of African culture!--GünOss 09:43, 3 November 2008 (UTC)
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