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Hi Brent,

The biology category is a good idea. I'll pop a few more pages in there when time permits. A possible downside of including it in the BES template is that it picks up some of our less useful procedural pages like shopping lists. Granted the shopping lists are transient so not a big issue. On the positive side, it beats having to enter the category on all of the sub-pages we have. I think we need more categories! Nice organizational tool. Cheers Dmccabe 03:50, 13 February 2008 (CET)

Dmccabe (talk)14:50, 13 February 2008

Dmccabe ... yea, but I suppose that the shopping list is still related to a previous biology lesson though so thats not too bad. I was going to add it to all the pages manually, but got lazy and added it to the template instead - it's a nice trick when working with templates. I'm about to launch into further categorisation and creating some portal pages for the different types of education, secondary, tertiary, etc... so watch this space. Great stuff too by the way; really well developed and useful.

BrentSimpson (talk)16:13, 13 February 2008

Thanks for the kind comments! We are behind because of weather issues. The students develop a lesson plan, we work with local schools to try them out (good for us; good for them). However, for two weeks in a row now, heavy snow and wintery mix storms during morning rush hour have caused cancelations of our Wednesday programs knocking us two weeks off schedule. To quote Ned Kelly such is life. But I will watch this space and I look forward to more structure. One summer plan I have is to build an example structure based on the Vermont science education standards. My crude idea is to upload the entire standards document, and then link to category pages from each requirement. So a hypothesis-testing idea may satisfy standard X, a plant anatomy piece may satisfy Standard Y etc. The same teaching ideas could apply to standards in New Zealand or India and folks familiar with those standards could build their own skeleton and flesh it out by drawing ideas from my program, and other teaching programs here. Can world domination be far behind? (large smile). Dmccabe 03:31, 15 February 2008 (CET)

Dmccabe (talk)14:31, 15 February 2008