|Why are some browser controls missing when I click on a link to an external Web page?||The
primary aim of sciLINKS is to take students to web pages that will enhance their
understanding of a particular topic in their textbook. To that end, we have tried to
minimize the temptation to wander off into the uncharted waters of the World Wide Web. We
cannot at this point restrict them entirely to a specific page or set of pagesmany
of these pages contain links to additional pages; also, students are free at any time to
type in their favorite Web destination in the Location box of their browser.
Some might argue that it runs counter to the spirit of the the Web to attempt to keep users where we put them. But, again, sciLINKS is meant to provide a more focused experience than the usual Web surfing. Students who are given wide latitude in their use of the Internet, and who possess the necessary skills, can use other resources (like search engines) to perform broader, independent research.
|How are Web pages selected for inclusion in the sciLINKS database?||The
selection process involves three stages:
|Who pays for sciLINKS?||sciLINKS is a free service for textbook users, but obviously someone must pay for it. Participating textbook publishers pay a fee to the National Science Teachers Association for each book that contains sciLINKS. The program is also supported by a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Adminstration (NASA).|
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