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
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
But what will one do with those computers once they're fully-deployed?
- Southwest Educational Development
Laboratory (Austin, TX) has some good ideas.
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
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
- ScienceWeb Canada is a
great place for the scientifically-inclined student to explore!
Implimentations Around the Country
- 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".
- Arizona Department of
- 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
- Columbus Diocesan
Department of Education, a Columbus Ohio private-school approach.
- Montgomery County, 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
- 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
- Kayenta Unified School
District, and Two Grey
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
- Go back to the EarthOps Homepage.