Explosion!(click at left to go to the NTIA)
It's everywhere. President Bill Clinton and Vice-President Al Gore said they were going to do it, and not a single Republican could be found to disagree with them on this particular issue: America once held a position of World Technological Leadership. We must do so again. And what better way than to fully develop the natural outgrowths of technologies that were invented in America? Alternating current, the telephone, the transistor, the electronic calculator, the electronic digital computer, lots of programming languages, the harddrive, the modem... all combine in the synthesis of information and datasharing technologies we call the Internet.

Please note that there are a variety of organizations moving to rapidly deploy the Internet to the entire world.

NetDay96 has come and gone, and still they're wiring up the schools. Please see the US and Canada Internet Provider Page, not a complete listing, but it will give school administrators some idea as to alternatives to waiting for federal or state-provided access to the internet.

Even now, the National Information Infrastructure, originally an outgrowth of MILNET and ARPANET, is being deployed into all of our schools, pursuant to not only Presidential Directive but the National Will. It's also simple good sense; most post-collegiate adults use computers daily, and those who have made the leap to the Internet have found that things go much more quickly. Who could live without E-mail these days? You can't, not competitively. A great many non-collegiate adults use computers in their lives, though they might not so much be personal computers as they are workstations, or dumb terminals linked to corporate inventory mainframes, or numerical-control machine-tools. Whatever one's choices in lifestyle or career, the computer is an inextricable part of our lives. Thus it behooves us to make sure our children are given early access to the tools that they'll be using as adults.

But what will one do with those computers once they're fully-deployed?

Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (Austin, TX) has some good ideas.
Internet SEEDS is an excellent starting resource for teachers, educators, administrators and students. This will probably develop as a premiere resource for those attempting to impliment rural educations-computer systems.
Far West Laboratory. A "must see".
The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility has some excellent ideas about precollege enrichment in education, and some great links out into the rest of the scientific/mathematics educational communities.
The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse is the nationally-recognized information source for K-12 math and science teachers.
NASA wants very much to help students learn the basics of science, and when it comes to science there are few more qualified. Take a look at their K-12 Page for some projects, and some contacts. It's called K-12 Internet: Live From the Hubble Space Telescope. Also try their Kids' Corner.
There's also a NASA Science & Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) for high school students at the NASA Independent Verification and Validation facility in Marion County, West Virginia.
Education Resources Catalog from NASA.
SpaceLINK. NASA's Aeronautics and Space resource for Educators.
The National Education Association has some things to say on the subject but you'll have to hunt around for them yourself.
ScienceWeb Canada is a great place for the scientifically-inclined student to explore!

Implimentations Around the Country

MultiVenue Integration!

Enterprise for Economic Excellence. This is a perfect example of networks of commercial, governmental and educational institutions cooperating towards common prosperity, in San Bernardino, California. How did they do it? Take a look at their very informative White Paper.
Houghton-Mifflin, one of the larger publishers of school textbooks and standardized tests, now has an online presence. They also offer educational materials on CD-ROM.
North Central Regional Educational Laboratory. Technical integration of schools.
TeleLearning InfoSource (TELIS). Integrating online education.

How the Internet was brought to Glenn County (CA). - Or, "Webmistress Run Amok".

K-12 Implimentations
Arizona Department of Education.
The Blake School, Minneapolis, Wayzata, and Hopkins, Minnesota.
Stanislaus County, California's Instructional Services Support springboard page.
Anthology, Virginia's Public Schools Webserver. Please see the highly-related Anthology Overview, on establishing a Peer Client-Server Internet for Virginia's Public Schools. This would be a great source document for anyone else doing similar work.
Columbus Diocesan Department of Education, a Columbus Ohio private-school approach.
Montgomery County, Maryland Public Schools.
Maryland Connected for Learning - Maryland's NetDay96.
NetNovel. This Arkansas project will allow high-school students to collaborate on an Online Novel, which will be published on the Web.
South Coast Area Network (SCAN), Coos Bay, Oregon. Operated by a consortium of local school districts, this is also a money-making local access Internet Provider.
Utah Educational Network. A consortium of schools, colleges, business, and public television, dedicated to promoting education in Utah.

Rural and Remote - Getting Connected

Navajo Learning Network Update is a great little letter which details a probably exemplary implimentation of globally-networked computing technology into a classically-underserved area. Though some of the local schools might not be in the best shape (in terms of modern construction, though this is changing), at least the kids will not be disadvantaged by a lack of telecomm-accessable resources.
Kayenta Unified School District, and Two Grey Hills Academy.

Out of States Implimentations

Canada's SchoolNet. In English and in French.

Visit the Education Page.
Try a Glimpse Search of EarthOps District Office.
Go to the EarthOps District Office Homepage.
Go back to the EarthOps Homepage.