This Net is Your Net
A teacher's survival guide to the school network

Program Description:

If you have ever wondered why you and your students don't have reliable sufficient access to the power of the World-Wide-Web and Internet, then this irreverent and practical session is for you Come learn how you and your students can gain access to the world and each other in spite of your district's long-range plan! Practical suggestions for maximizing the power of the Internet will be shared.

Session Description:

Is your school network perpetually down? Is your email access limited or unreliable? Would you like to participate in professional newsgroups, but are denied access by your school's network czar? Would you like to check your mail from outside of school, but can't? Why can't your students publish on the web? Is one email account really sufficient for 200 students? Why is the network administrator holding the school hostage?

If you have ever pondered such questions, then this irreverent and practical session is for you. Come learn how you and your students can gain access to the world and each other in spite of your district's long-range plan. Rescue your school from the stranglehold of the network police and connect your classroom to the world!

The same schools spending countless dollars to wire their schools often severely restrict the access available to students and teachers. The Internet's unprecedented ability to democratize publishing and connect classrooms to the world is often limited due to misguided policies and network mismanagement by employees who know little about networking and even less about learning.

This session will explore the problems associated with the typical school approach to networking and providing Internet access and will teach teachers how they can: