ERIC Number: ED430555
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
A Guide to Networking for K-12 Schools.
Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.; Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia.
The purpose of this guide is to provide basic networking information and planning assistance for technology coordinators and others involved in building networks for K-12 schools. The information in this guide focuses on the first few steps in the networking process. It reviews planning considerations and network design issues facing educators who need to make intelligent decisions about constantly evolving technologies. Much of the document focuses on developing a sound, standards-based network infrastructure. Material is provided on selecting wire, designing a wiring plan, and related facilities issues. This primer enables the even the "non-techie" to (1) understand network building blocks, (2) ask the right questions and know where to find the answers, (3) identify resources for network planning and design, (4) insist on a system based on standards, and (5) better evaluate vendor proposals. Chapters one through five focus on learning about networks. Chapter six outlines nontechnical considerations for making a network function well and serve its intended purpose. Appendices include a school networking needs analysis planning worksheet; sample wiring specifications; information on the OSI Seven-Layer Model; wiring guidelines for schools; snapshots of school networks; and networking resources for Northwest schools. Contains a bibliography and a glossary. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Networks, Computer System Design, Design Requirements, Educational Development, Educational Planning, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Networks
Web site: http://www.netc.org/network guide/
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.; Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia.