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Surprisingly, nanotechnology multimedia actually looks useful

We at Foresight see a lot of nanotech websites and books of limited usefulness, to put it nicely. For quite a while I’ve been getting ads for an online multimedia library on nanotechnology from Nanopolis, and ignoring them.

Now for the first I dug around in their website a bit and am pleased to be able to say that their nanotechnology product might actually be useful in learning key technical concepts. Personally I find it hard to learn these things from just text and two dimensional static graphics, all in black-and-white only in most books. Nanopolis has built a large collection of animated, annotated color graphics and accompanying text, with a “Legend” button that adds labels to the graphics whenever you need them.

I watched a few of the samples on the site, and the combination of color and movement with both text and optional labels seems to really help in making these complex concepts easier to understand (and a lot less boring to learn). If you can’t afford their prices (US$120-360), maybe you could offer to help them with the English on their website, which could use some tweaking. Regarding technical accuracy, see the quotes from scientists.

I can’t say yet whether the topic coverage is extensive enough, but if I were trying to learn these things now, on my own, I’d probably spring for this product. I could do a more thorough review if I had a review copy of the full product (hint hint). —Christine

3 Responses to “Surprisingly, nanotechnology multimedia actually looks useful”

  1. Patrick Lin Says:

    Speaking of useful, Chris, I don’t think I’ve told you how much I enjoy your blog posts…some of the most insightful and objective stuff I’ve read in nanotechnology/ethics!

    - Pat

  2. Ryan Mahoski Says:

    I agree, learning spatial concepts from a strong video presentation tends to be more intuitive than text-based materials. Nanopolis’ examples are intriguing enough, but before I spend $hundreds I would need some assurance their information is current. Some of their advertised products appear to be over four years old. It is unclear to me whether or not Nanopolis updates its products as technology progresses. Good post. Subscribed (RSS)!

  3. Dan BOG Says:

    Thank you all very much for your constructive comments on Nanopolis.

    Concerning the updates of the http://www.nanopolis.net published content (some 3,000 e-learning pages in the field of Synchrotron Light, Neutrons and Nanotechnology), please don’t forget that the Nanopolis concept itself is based on an e-collaborative platform with a co-editorial e-room procedure gathering over than 350 academic research groups for up to date transposals of today’s knowledge in the nanoscale science and engineering.

    Also the next generation of the Nanopolis Online Multimedia Library (http://online.nanopolis.net) will bring more flexibility to educators, such as allowing them to include more than 10,000 scientific validated animations into their Power Point live lectures, slides or other support documents, and for co-authors/researchers the option of online auto-editing.

    Moreover, this would also be compatible with online evaluation and class management tools.

    Let’s follow together its evolution.
    Thank you again.

    Dan,

    On behalf of the Nanopolis Team

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