I have a bunch of ancient computers in storage. Is
there any way I can use them and save some money?
- Good as New
gives tips and tricks for making use of those old Commodore 64's, Apple
II's and first-generation IBM PC's. You'd be surprised what you can do
How do I plan and build a local area network at my school?
- A Design Guide
for School Networks, developed by a computer science class at the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is available on the World Wide Web.
Information includes such topics as networking for a large school, networking
for a small school, an overview on wiring and networking for schools, and
a schools discussion forum. The class is now over, but the pages are still
there and can provide interesting and valuable discuession as schools begin
to investigate the possibility of wiring themselves.
K12 Schools -- Architecture Models and Evaluation of Costs and Benefits
-- A thesis written by Russell I. Rothstein, Networking K12 Schools
"examines the costs and the benefits of networks in K-12 schools.
To examine costs, five technology models are developed with increasing
levels of connectivity. For each model, a range of one-time and annual
costs are computed. These costs are extrapolated to the national level
to examine the costs to network all U.S. schools.
- Connecting K-12 Schools to the Information Superhighway,
by McKinsey and Company, contains costing models which are not specific
to Texas. Contacts for the study are:
Michael Nevens, McKinsey and Company
630 Hansen Way
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Margot Singer, McKinsey and Company
555 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022
How do I install network cables?
- Netday '96 has a Cable
Installation Guide which shows you, step by step, how to install
network cables in your school. Be sure you've got Shockwave installed so you
can see the animations!
How do I plan and build an internetwork to connect all the schools
in my district?
How do I build a WWW Server?
- A WWW server can be quite a thing to put up--but it can also be quite
easy. Of course one will first need a server which is somehow connected
to the Internet. Look here for pointers on that in the future. Then one
will need the HTTP-Daemon software. An HTTP-Daemon is simply the software
on the server which makes it a WWW server. There are a couple of good HTTP-D
- FolkWeb Server for
Win95 or WinNT is one of the best PC WWW servers we've seen to date. It's
easy to fun, it's fast, and it's cheap, clocking in at $44 for the
- NCSA HTTPD
Communications and Commerce Servers, free of charge to educational
institutions (this means you!).
- WebStar, formerly known as MacHTTP,
is a very simple, efficient and easy-to-administer HTTP-Daemon package
for Macintosh computers.
- Then there's the issue of HTML. HTML stands for Hyper-Text
Mark-up Languge. It's a very simple way of imbedding a scripting
language into a document, such as this, so that the document--when read
by a web browser--comes out looking the way it should according to the
commands. There are loads of good tutorials on HTML. Here are a couple:
- The larger picture:
- Absolute Resource!
is a guide to go "from webbie to webmeister," a mountain of handy
information on making the transition from browser to publisher/maintainer.
- Ender Design:
Realm Graphics is a warehouse of public-domain graphics, free for you
to use when designing pages. Internet
Tools Summary is a collection of information sources about software
used on the Internet for network information retrieval, computer-mediated
interaction, and computer-mediated communication. A popular resource for
Internet trainers and students to learn about the Internet, it is updated
How do we train our teachers?
- Begginer's Info
on the Internet is a directory of beginner's guides and resources for
getting around on-line.
[Back To School]: The Electronic Library Classroom 101
originated as 30 lessons on basic Internet use, distributed by email to 200
South Carolina librarians in 1995. These revised lessons include
information on participating in mailing lists, Usenet newsgroups, and
cover basic Internet tools including telnet, ftp, archie, gopher,
veronica, and the World Wide Web. In addition, the class provides
pointers to librarians on researching the Net in eight different
academic subject areas.
- InterNIC's new
"Academic Guide to the Internet" is a great source of materials for
training "newbies" in the use of the Internet. Check out this searchable
database, although use a browser which supports frames. There's a text version, as
well, for the frame-less.
for Training the Trainer are found on SunSITE Canada, at Queens
University's SunSITE, a list of places you can find information on
Wide Web primer -- "This information was designed to introduce
public school teachers to the various ways to access the Web. Feel free
to share it with your (unenlightened) colleagues" -- (from the
What should my technology classroom look like?