ERIC Number: ED349957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Local Infrastructures for School Networking: Current Models and Prospects. Technical Report No. 22.
Newman, Denis; And Others
This paper identifies a paradigm shift that must take place in school networking. The ultimate goal is to retool the schools with a local technical infrastructure that gives teachers and students immediate access to communication systems and information resources, thereby supporting the implementation of advances in pedagogy and educational technology. The current notion of telecomputing cannot address the information requirements locally within the school and, ultimately, will fragment and inhibit any move toward universal access to information resources. A technology is needed that combines local and wide area networking (LAN and WAN), making access to remote resources part of the everyday work with school computers. This report contains the following sections: (1) The Problem: Combining Local and Wide Area Communication--facts about the current state of school networks and the dissociation of school LANs and WANs; (2) A Brief History of Network Technology; (3) A Convergence of School LAN's and WAN's--integrating and simplifying a school internetwork; (4) Current Models of School LAN-WAN Connectivity--a comparison of six models; and (5) Prospects for the Future. (Contains 10 notes and 34 references.) (Author/ALF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Technology in Education, New York, NY.