ERIC Number: ED352021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Educational Computer Networks.
McAnge, Thomas R., Jr.; And Others
This report summarizes the results of research conducted by a research group at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University which examined the current status of computer networking in K-12 education, including ways in which network linkages are impacting educational tasks. Conducted for EDUCOM and IBM Corporation, the fact-finding project focused on current and planned network activities. The results are reported under three headings: (1) Student Activities (provides examples of the impact of telecommunications on the educational experiences of children); (2) States' Educational Computer Networks (describes statewide and intrastate networks, networking projects that support a specific function, and proposed networks); (3) Public Access Networks and Databases (focuses on the wide variety of services offered nationwide by such agencies as non-profit organizations, private corporations, universities, and the federal government). It is noted that the research led to a number of observations: the proliferation of computers in secondary schools has created an increased interest with linking to resources at all educational levels; there is no doubt that telecommunications activities provide useful educational experiences; a telecommunications network that fosters an exchange of ideas among educators and allows students greater access to academic data at universities is inevitable; and, given the fragmentations of the current networking environment, an avenue is needed for interested parties to coordinate their activities. A summary of network features and lists of contact persons and major references are appended. An index and an extensive bibliography are also provided. (ALF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Interuniversity Communications Council (EDUCOM), Princeton, NJ.; International Business Machines Corp., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, Blacksburg.