Last year my family and I moved from New Zealand to Vancouver. My formal training is in laser physics and fibre optics. For the past six months I have been working on interactive science lessons and templates on Wikieducator. I consider myself a newbie to Wikis and am looking forward to meeting everyone at the think tank.
| When working on the wiki I often feel like a child who is too short to see over the fence that constrains me. I must climb up to peer over. Unfortunately, I'm not very strong and can only peek for short periods of time. I look over many parts of the fence and see toys, flowers, and trees, but rarely other children. The things that I see create in me a sense of wonder and hope ... some day I will be big and strong enough to improve the world outside my fence.
Using my newbie vocabulary, I will try to articulate my wishes below ... in hopes that they have already been fulfilled (or at least are comprehensible):
- Syntax highlighting
- Ctrl-shift highlighting (copy/paste) -- to facilitate printing/exporting/re-contentualization of discontinuous sections
- Dragable (and dropable) sections and templates
- User definable editing toolbar -- the buttons above the edit text field in my monobook
- More emphasis on categorization -- Wikiversity seems to have addressed this issue much better
- Better watchlist tool -- rarely do I find out about updates to pages on my watchlist ... is it just me?
- Better search tool -- I often find myself using google to search for things on the wiki instead of using the wiki search -- even pages I made.
- Welcome Template for new users
I wish I could create an interactive lesson that could be completed entirely online and could be printed to hard copy without an extra "worksheet" attachment. Maybe some of these would help ...