From: Dan Damelin <dandam@co...> - 2005-05-12 21:21:29
> If it is this difficult to get all this going on a Mac, should I
I mentioned the Molecular Workbench in a previous thread, but I thought I
would provide a couple of quick links here. One of the reasons we have
created activity authoring software as a java application instead of using
applets in browsers was to avoid browser/platform specific issues.
Using the Molecular Workbench you can create activities using Jmol (and
molecular dynamics based models). Using Java Web Start you can have a user
click on a link in a webpage and launch your activity. As far as they are
concerned they are just opening up a new window, so it is pretty seamless
(especially after you have run that activity once - speeding up the
Here is one example:
We even used Jmol to act as a viewer for our 3D molecular dynamics models:
Anyone can create activities with this software. You can have the students
generate reports of their answers, snapshots of models which they can
annotate, and these reports can be saved as html pages (and sent to you via
email), printed, or submitted to us to help us research the use of our
activities and how to make them better. BTW, "us" refers to the Concord
Consortium (www.concord.org), an non-profit educational technology group.
New features are added all the time, so we welcome any suggestions for
improvement or new innovations.