ERIC Number: ED401064
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Internet and World-Wide-Web: Potential Benefits to Rural Schools.
Barker, Bruce O.
The Internet is a decentralized collection of computer networks managed by separate groups using a common set of technical standards. The Internet has tremendous potential as an educational resource by providing access to networking through worldwide electronic mail, various databases, and electronic bulletin boards; collaborative investigation across geographic and political boundaries; and a wide range of resources that can be used at times convenient to the user. The Internet's resources can be grouped into three categories: messaging, which includes e-mail and discussion groups; remote login, which permits a user to access another computer's information; and file exchange, the transfer of information accessed from another computer to the user's computer. The Internet can benefit small rural schools by providing access to the same information heretofore available only to affluent schools. Drawbacks include slow access, the "additive" nature of the Internet, and the fact that the Internet is uncensored. Some schools have policies that permit access to controversial information only when permission is granted and the purpose and educational value have been identified. Use of the Internet is not free. Ways of getting connected include direct computer connection; partnering with local colleges or universities; joining a regional network such as CICNet, which serves seven Midwest states; and commercial vendors. Names and phone numbers of five vendors are given. Equipment needs and user costs are discussed, as well as resources for learning more about the Internet. Contains 16 references. (TD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Information Infrastructure
Note: Presented at the Annual Conference of the National Rural Education Association (87th, Salt Lake City, UT, October 4-8, 1995).