AfroPhysics/Project Planning/Uganda/Good Ideas3

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20) Science videos

Hi Günther, When I was growing up in the 80s and 90S we used to have science German videos on TV by something like TRANSTEL(if I remember right!)..and they were really educative. In particular,I remember one on sources of energy...that was extremely good. Is there a way we can get to them? I am of the view they are really an innovative way to teach science There is also this science program on DW TV called "tomoror today" . Do you ever watch it? It comes to us in English!!--Jlubega 07:04, 31 October 2008 (UTC)

Hi Florence, thanks for this new discussion topic. Some background info on that: There is a video function in WikiEd called Kaltura, a tool for collective production of videos. I haven't yet tried it, but it is working well. Say you have a nice experiment, make a little video clip of it (either by digital photo camera or by digital video camera) and upload it into the wiki. Other people can modify this file or add more scenes.
DW-Transtel is a branch of Deutsche Welle, that sells science programs for TV. I don't know it, but I would appreciate if you check out the web page and see if there is anything available in a free license. Otherwise this is business and TV stations have to pay for these programs. I see the principal problem here in the lack of cultural sensitivity. And: WikiEd has a Media Project. Maybe you could take up contact with them and find out who these folks are and what they can offer.--GünOss 09:18, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

21) Project Portal

1. I think its time to create a new Portal for our Uganda-connexion-node here in WikiEd, cause data are sprouting rapidly and it gets more and more difficult to keep the overview. My proposal, something like we have for our Community Council, but additional with drop down menus for sub-pages. --GünOss 10:17, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

2. Randy Fisher, our "community facilitator" from Vancouver has started up a category "Uganda", which I don't like so much as it doesn't say our work is about secondary physics in Uganda. I'd prefer the category "secondary physics". Please feel free to tag your pages with any of these categories, we do not yet have a common policy on this issue. People are just creative.--GünOss 10:17, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

Hi Folks! I am struggling with putting up a Uganda face page! Have a look please and expect frequent changes--Vkizza 18:09, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Hi Vincent, where?--GünOss 08:27, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Here Uganda Main--Vkizza 13:03, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

22) Remuneration available

Dear colleagues,
I'm happy to announce the first round of remuneration for the work in our young Center.
In the Remuneration Table you see your name, the dates of your work, the virtual place of your work, the estimated working hours, the estimated value for our Center, the Working Units and the Totals.


  • Working Hours is the estimated time needed for an average wiki author to edit a certain material in the wiki. If somebody is working quicker or slower than the average, this is not being considered.
  • Creativity Factor is the estimated value for our Center. Good ideas are valued higher, f. ex. by 3, practical activities like surveys or projects are valued highest, f. ex. by 10.
  • Working Units are the product of Working Hours and Creativity Factor.

For payment please apply by email to

I'm very satisfied with the progress of our project and want to congratulate every contributor for this great start!--GünOss 13:25, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

The transfer order to my bank is out now and I expect it to take a few days until Vincent receives the money.--Günther Osswald 14:49, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
Hi Folks,I have recieved the money on my account now and it is ready to be given out--Vkizza 13:15, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

23) Laptop agreement

I am happy to announce the availability of a notebook for the purposes of our center. It has been financed by our kickoff fund and will be lent to the Center as soon as the following agreement is ratified by all potential users:

We agree on the following policy for the laptop IBM ThinkPad T23 2647 - PIII-M 1 GHz
  1. The owner or the laptop is Mr Günther Osswald.
  2. The laptop is lent to Mr Vincent Kizza, exclusively to the use for purposes of the center, for a time period of 6 months.
  3. Every user of the laptop agrees with his/her subscription in the list below to deliver at least 30 working units for free to the Center.
  4. The total of freely delivered working units shall be 150.
  5. Mr Kizza is in full charge to take care of the correct use and technical maintenance of the laptop.
  6. After 6 months the laptop is sent back to the owner if the agreement is not being prolonged.

Approved by

24) Copy of material from other websites into WE

The web is full of good materials for education, including for the development of our project.

Therefore it is more than understandable to look for legal ways of copy of good materials into our project pages.

But: Any copy of materials, and may it be only extractions, from a site with a license that is not compatible to ours, is a violation of copyright and threatens the security of WikiEducator, as the owner of the site may persecute the violation legally.

Here are some proposals how to nevertheless use the information contented in other pages:

  • Take the foreign material as inspiration for the production of own material.
  • Look for material with compatible license. Example: SUPRA. SUPRA is now available under CC-BY and you can make use of it freely under our license CC-BY-SA.
  • This search can be conducted by search engines. Read the OLCOS tutorials here in WE!
  • Beware of copying images from the net! Here the licensing issue is hottest. Use images with CC licenses.
  • Try to get the owners permission. (Like I did with SUPRA). Many authors will be pleased if a renowned site like WikiEd asks for permission to copy part of their work.
  • Link extern: Write a lesson plan how to use a given resource in the internet (preconditions, preknowledge, introduction, worksheets etc.) and link extern to the used materials. Like this the material becomes truly educational.

--GünOss 09:35, 12 November 2008 (UTC)

25) Procedure for selecting "hot spots" for our work

Hi friends, I think its time to find a procedure how to select the topics we want to work on first.
We have now collected some 24 good ideas and we should choose which ones are the most promising to work on first, given that we want to have as much success as possible with our project, measured in number of contributors and on-line activity on our platform for physics teachers in Uganda.

I propose to have a kind of asynchronous rating system for our ideas, so to speak every contributor rates our 24 ideas and the ideas with the highest ratings get the preference. --Günther Osswald 14:47, 12 November 2008 (UTC)

However in my view it would be great if we could have a synchronous meeting beforehand to speak all through. Skype offers the possibility to meet as a group online for free, but I'm open for other proposals. For the date I guess Saturday is best as probably most of us are working during weekdays. --Günther Osswald 14:47, 12 November 2008 (UTC)

Hi Everyone, It has been a long time and the silence is deafining!! Here I suggest we get going in this order

  • We craft physics lesson plans on any topic specifially ensuring that they are
    • Activity laden
    • include real life example descriptions.
  • Secondly, we organise physics project ideas or demostrations geared at increasing interest in science.
  • Thirdly we have a track that discusses Topics such as Astronomy and Energy or popular technologies such as mobile phones

Just setting off the pace!!--Vkizza 17:03, 20 May 2009 (UTC)
Hi Wikizens,
I think Vincent's suggestion is o.k only that I think we should not draw fully blown lesson plans but instead just have hand outs for a given lesson so that people can have the option of crafting them out themselves depending on circumstances. Also giving real life examples of the application of a particular lesson theory should be emphasised.--Pkato 17:30, 8 July 2009 (UTC)

Hi Vincent, great idea, only, this material is v e r y new and possibly still contains quite some mistakes. But I can see that you're really keen on astronomy texts. You think it could be useful on this year 16+ level for Ugandan students?--GünOss 13:04, 12 October 2009 (UTC)

Never mind we shall clear the erros as we go along--Vkizza 19:07, 12 October 2009 (UTC)