has been selected by the SciLinks program, a service
of National Science Teachers Association.
Many teachers are taking advantage of the Internet to
show their students materials that enhance or extend
the content covered in the curriculum. These materials
are available in the public domain, but they are often
difficult to find. By utilizing textbooks as a portal
to good online content, more teachers and students can
be reached than is possible with the traditional search
engine or pointer web site. This is simplified by the
fact that 90% to 95% of students learn science through
the pages of a textbook. A direct connection from a
concept on the textbook page to materials exploring
that concept in cyberspace leads readers to the kinds
of materials our professional educators believe work
best in the classroom. SciLinks is a service provided
by the National Science Teachers Association to make
that connection between textbooks and useful online
does a site become linked to SciLinks?
To become linked to SciLinks, a candidate site is
reviewed by a team of teachers using a stringent set
of criteria that ensure selected materials have accurate
content and effective pedagogy. (You can review the
criteria they used by visiting http://www.scilinks.org/nsfinstitute/criteria.htm.)
Once selected, the site's URL is placed in a database.
SciLinks staff correlate the site to the National Science
Education Standards and write a brief description that
indentifies one or more of the site's salient characteristics.
When a reader (a teacher, student, or even parent) of
a SciLinked textbook comes across a SciLinks icon in
their textbook, they know that the content on that page
has been enhanced with online content specifically connected
to a single concept. The reader goes to the free SciLinks
web site, and they type in a code found on the pages
of that text, and the SciLinks search engine reports
the five to 15 pages our teachers selected. When a user
selects one of these sites, a new browser window opens,
points to the selected web site, and connects the reader
directly to the content provider.
Atlas is one of these content providers!