Magazine article Techniques

Net Access for Schools-Cheap

Magazine article Techniques

Net Access for Schools-Cheap

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On March 9, nearly 50,000 volunteers installed more than 6,000,000 feet of cable in K-12 California schools, bringing about one million students a step closer to Internet access. Similar NetDay activities took place throughout the U.S. that day, but the efforts did not stop there. NetDay projects have become an integral part of President Clinton's technology initiative to improve schools.

NetDay96 is a World Wide Webbased project that facilitates partnerships between public and private businesses and educational institutions. MCI, Netcom and AT&T all have agreed to provide free dial-up and Internet access for all California schools.

NetDay is the brainchild of Michael Kaufman, director of information services for San Francisco public broadcasting station KQED. "I've spent a dozen years as a teacher and an administrator and what I saw as most wanting in education-and what business can't do without-is a link to the outside."

Kaufman rewrote his idea with John Gage of Sun Microsystems. "John brought the genius of the Web to it," Kaufman says. Gage bypassed what he called an uncooperative school bureaucracy by spreading the NetDay word on the Web. …

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