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Comment Webquest (Score 1) 154

You mentioned webquests in your post, which are fine, but I would suggest you use them sparingly. When I taught HS Chem, I had a single page (front/back) webquest designed around the Physics 2000 Science Trek. This was an excellent site I thought for learning about some of the physics underlying atomic structure, although I skipped over the Polarization part of the trek. There are other websites out there that are like this one, but designed around different topics which might be just as useful in a chem or physics classroom. If you choose to include some programming as another poster mentioned, you could always choose to have a class project where students design applets to help illustrate basic concepts - maybe ones NOT shown on any websites they've visited as a part of the class. Students at first completed my webquest during class, and then when the course schedule went to 8 per year/4 per day instead of 7 per year and we had less classtime, I began assigning the webquest as a homework/project.

Comment Electronic searching, pring reading (Score 5, Interesting) 238

I'm a graduate student and I love that Google has many books available online. I have searched and found many books of interest to my research because I was able to actually skim pertinent sections, rather than having to guess based on the title and who the author was. Then, once I found these books, I checked out the print copies to read. I still find the print easier to read than the electronic, but may be the last of a dying breed.

Submission + - Microsoft pays Paramount/Dreamworks to go HD-DVD

An anonymous reader writes: The Blu-ray vs HD-DVD format war had a volley fired today from the latter camp in the form of an announcement that Paramount and Dreamworks will be releasing movies exclusively in HD-DVD. While not part of the official press release, sources are reporting that this decision was basically paid for by Microsoft. From the article: "Microsoft has paid DreamWorks and Paramount so much money that they've decided to join Universal in the HD-DVD exclusive camp. No kidding. None of the participants in this deal are willing to openly disclose just how MUCH money was exchanged, but the L.A. Weekly is reporting (based in part on a confidential report from media analysis firm Pali Research) that it was in the neighborhood of $50 million in "promotional considerations" for Paramount and $100 million for DreamWorks. I'm sure they're also getting lots of free or discounted VC-1 compression and HDi authoring services, along with prime placement on Xbox Live too." The press release also states that films directed by Steven Spielberg are not part of this exclusive deal. In response, Fox and MGM today announced 29 titles exclusive to Blu-ray. Blu-ray movies have been outselling HD-DVD by 2:1 for the first half of 2007. The fun continues.

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