Read My Lips, No New Trenches
A formula for successful Internet use

Program Description:

The wonders of the networking are too often oversold and dwarfed by the mounting frustrations of NOTworking. Schools should find a quick, effective (educationally and fiscally) way to join the communications age as quickly as possible. Viewing the world as a resource is one way to achieve this goal.

Session Description:

Many schools seem financially, technically or pedagogically incapable of successfully networking their schools or use the net merely for hunting and gathering purposes. The wonders of the networking are too often oversold and dwarfed by the mounting frustrations of notworking. Make no mistake, the Internet is a powerful vehicle for learning and student publishing. Schools should find a quick, effective (educationally and fiscally) way to join the communications age as quickly as possible. Viewing the world as a resource is one way to achieve this goal.

As schools struggle with the whys and hows of Internet implementation, the world beyond the school walls is increasingly networked. The educational benefits afforded by the democratization of publishing, expanded learning community and information access are unquestionable. What is the role of school when rich collaborative learning opportunities are available 24/7? Low-cost high-powered wireless technology changes many of the assumptions school have operated under in the past.

This session will encourage participants to design ways in which external Internet access may be used to extend and enrich the learning process. A list of resources and low-cost alternatives to financing servers and support staff will be provided.