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December 31, 2003

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Best of 2003


Imagining that I was asked to create a virtual time capsule representative of the state of the educational Internet circa 2003, I chose the following five sites. I gleaned them from the hundreds of sites I reviewed this year, which in turn, were picked from thousands of sites visited.
As always, it was a nearly impossible task. The following where chosen because I liked their range of subject and audience.

Ansel Adams at 100



This outstanding multimedia exhibit from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art focuses on seven important Adams works. With every click, there is something beautiful to explore: a photo, an idea, an audio clip, a video, or an interactive activity. To enlarge the thumbnail photos, use your mouse to manipulate the orange “Zoom” and “Pan” controls. Unfortunately the size of the photos is limited by the fixed size of the exhibit browser.

Explore Invention



The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation is part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Jumpstart your exploration by clicking on CenterPieces, a collection of interactive study units, such as The Quartz Watch, The Electric Guitar, and Whole Cloth (“Discovering Science and Technology through American Textile History.”) Teachers will appreciate the classroom curriculum found under Short Cuts, and everyone will like the Windows and Macintosh screensaver that features toys invented by Jerome Lemelson.

Figure This



“When you back up from a small wall mirror, do you see more of yourself?” Figure This! is chock full of eighty printable math challenges and answer sheets for middle schoolers. You can use the challenges online by scanning the Challenge Index or Math Index for intriguing topics, or download them in batches in PDF format for printing and offline use. Parents and teachers will find tips on using the challenges in Family Corner and Teacher Corner, respectively.

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