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NetDay to help bring schoolkids the Net edge

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Tue, 15 Apr 1997 23:31:56 +0000

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NetDay to help bring schoolkids the Net edge

     JEFF PORTER
     Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

http://www.ardemgaz.com/today/wPorter14.html

Any student who writes a report or needs help with math can benefit
from Internet access. Students can gain access to expert, up-to-date
information from universities, government agencies and others at the
click of a mouse.

But some students still don't have access. The organizers of        
 Saturday's Arkansas NetDay hope to change that.

Bruce Knox of Heber Springs, Arkansas NetDay organizer, is an
information technology consultant. But he sees how the Internet can
help student performance. And, he says, teachers can tell the
difference when students turn in reports and other work.

"The kids that have the Internet already, they're just waxing the
other kids,'' Knox said.

The reason: The Internet puts a huge amount of information at a
student's fingertips.

NetDay is designed to put that information at more fingertips. And you
can fit into that plan.

How? On Saturday -- or before -- visit the Arkansas NetDay site. Note
that you can choose to send e-mail to the Arkansas NetDay organization
from that site. Click on the "Join Us'' link. You'll be switched to
the national site, where you can search for a participating school in
or near your community. Just choose a school from the list and click
on the name. That takes you to a page that allows you to sign up as a
sponsor, volunteer or organizer.

Sponsors can provide technical or financial support. Volunteers can be
anyone -- not necessarily with technical expertise -- interested in
helping wire schools for Internet access or helping teachers learn how
to use the Internet. Organizers help find local companies or people to
sponsor the purchase of a NetDay kit and donate time, plus organize
the volunteers.

NetDay kit pricing and ordering information is available on the
national NetDay site, which is linked to the Arkansas site.

That's it. The goal of NetDay is to get volunteers, organizers and
sponsors to bring Internet access to more Arkansas schools and
libraries. Lots of schools are participating. For example, a search
for schools in the Little Rock area yields a listing of more than 100
public and private schools taking part.

Future Business Leaders of America and Beta Clubs -- student        
 organizations -- are being asked to help organize the event, Knox
said. A state FBLA meeting in Little Rock coincides with NetDay. Heber
Springs FBLA and Beta Club students are going to manage the e-mail
load for NetDay.

Arkansas.Net, a Little Rock Internet service provider, donated server
space for the Arkansas NetDay Web site and is providing e-mail
services for the volunteers.

Knox noted that two efforts -- the Instructional Microcomputer
Program for Arkansas Classrooms and the Arkansas Public School
Network -- are already helping get computers in schools. NetDay
activities can augment those programs, he said.

After the organizing comes the labor. "I really expect the real
activities to occur over the summer and in the fall,'' Knox said.

One important activity will be to find out what schools need        
 to add Internet access and what schools need to enhance their
access. About 80 percent of Arkansas schools have at least a line to
the campus, with IMPAC labs in about a third of the schools, he said.

The Arkansas NetDay site features links to frequently asked questions
and other information that helps explain what NetDay is all about.
Nationally, NetDay is being advertised as a "high-tech barn-raising''
to bring Internet access to schools. In 1996, national organizers say,
about 250,000 volunteers in 40 states wired more than 50,000
classrooms for Internet access.

The Internet is only going to grow in importance as an information
resource. With it, students can get information directly from experts.
They can read newspapers from all around the world. They can take part
in discussions with students from the next town or the Eastern
Hemisphere.

A school or library without Internet access might as well not have a
set of encyclopedias.

------------------

Also in this issue:

- Kodak breaks price barrier with $1,000 digital camera

- RUSSELL BLINCH: More cool places to hang on Web?

- Conn. firm stomps on insurers' millennium bugs

- IBM plans big move to cut PC ownership costs

- When Schools Plug In        

- Virus infections grow threefold

- IBM database will work with Netscape server

- Internet Print Protocol could threaten fax future

- Microsoft warns users not to download IE 4.0 to primary system

- Site sorts out Web's tangle of health info

- Internet 'cash' to be issued by Austrian, Norwegian banks

- Net.Medic Aids Surfers

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