Use a screen resolution of 640x480 or greater. That's 640 pixels wide
and 480 pixels tall.
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Set your display to at least 16 thousand colors. If you have a Macintosh, select "Thousands of colors." If you have a PC, then you should be able to select either 256 colors, High Color (65536 colors), or True Color (16,777,216 colors). In general: The more, the better.
Use Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 (or more recent), or
use Netscape Navigator 3.0(or newer.). In fact, we'll make
it easy for you:
Get a RealAudio player.
Use the fastest possible network connection available to you. See the bandwidth discussion for details.
This web page is not designed to replace existing lessons. It is designed to enrich and supplement. For instance, It's not usually enjoyable to read large quantities of text off of a computer screen, but it's usually fairly pleasant to have the class take turns reading aloud from a good textbook with breaks for discussion whenever necessary. Likewise, our Virtual Tour is probably better off on a webpage than in a textbook. Each media has its own merits and anything by itself will get boring if overused.
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If you are looking for other Mission resources, please see the Resources page.
This section is for those of you who want all of this to appear on your screen as quickly as possible.
Bandwidth refers to the rate at which your network can transfer data. If freeway speed were measured as bandwidth, the units might be car-kilometers were hour. Network bandwidth is measured in bits per second. A bit is 1/8th of a byte. A 14,400bps modem has a bandwidth of 14400bps. bps stands for bits per second.
If you have a 14,400bps modem, everything will be twice as fast if you upgrade to a 28,800bps modem, or 2.33 times faster if you upgrade to a 33,600bps modem.
You aren't limited to 33600bps. ISDN is almost ten times faster than a 14,400bps modem and there are rumors that Pacific Bell will give schools big discounts on ISDN lines. If you're just jumping on the technology bandwagon with your school district, keep visions of ISDN, T-1, and HDSL in the back of your mind. A T-1 line operates at 1.544 mbits, which equals 1,619,001bps or 112 times the speed of a 14,400 bps modem. You can hook up an entire computer lab or school district to one line, too.
If you would like advice or help connecting your classroom, school, or school district, feel free to contact us.