2.8.1 Internet School Networking (isn)

NOTE: This charter is a snapshot of the 39th IETF Meeting in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It may now be out-of-date.


Jodi Ito <jodi@hawaii.edu>
Sepideh Boroumand <sepideh@internic.net>

User Services Area Director(s):

Joyce K. Reynolds <jkrey@isi.edu>

User Services Area Advisor:

Joyce K. Reynolds <jkrey@isi.edu>

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Description of Working Group:

The Internet School Networking Working Group is chartered to address issues related to the connection of primary and secondary schools worldwide to the Internet. The key audiences include network service providers and educational policy makers responsible for network access and use. The key areas of focus for this group are advocacy and articulation.

1. Advocacy. The ISN Working Group will facilitate dialog between the primary and secondary education community and the Internet engineering community in order to identify and fulfill the needs of the primary and secondary school community.

2. Articulation. Informed by the group's experience, and with input from other IETF working groups, the ISN Working Group will articulate solutions to the challenges a school may experience in seeking and gaining a connection to the Internet, as well as the benefits of such a connection. Advantages to Internet connectivity may be articulated by means of pointers to such services as user interfaces, directories, organizations, and training programs, as well as to other resources. Articulation will most often be in the form of periodic documents that address key issues of interest to the school networking community. Representative issues to be addressed by the group include connectivity models, educational directories, and acceptable use policies.

Goals and Milestones:



Release as an FYI RFC a general document that gives guidance in how to connect to the Internet. Included as an appendix will be models for connectivity that may be of particular interest to schools. This is a joint activity with the User Documents Revisions Working Group.



Release as an FYI RFC a short document that gives guidance to schools in setting an Acceptable Use Policy.



Define the information to be included in an online database of educational people involved in networking, recommend a process for collecting and updating the data, and coordinate with a directory services provider to implement the database. Results will be published in an FYI RFC.

Nov 95


With a ISP, establish a repository of documents to help schools and service providers in getting schools online, and prepare an RFC FYI that describes the location, nature, general contents, and host to contribute to the repository.

Mar 96


Work with ISP to establish a directory of educational projects, and issue an FYI RFC document that describes the location, nature, general contents, mode of access, and how to contribute to the directory.

Mar 96


Issue an update to RFC1578/FYI22, ``FYI on Questions and Answers: Answers to Commonly Asked `Primary and Secondary School Internet User' Questions'' and submit to IESG.

No Current Internet-Drafts
Request For Comments:







K-12 Internetworking Guidelines



Ways to Define User Expectations



Frequently Asked Questions for Schools

Current Meeting Report

Minutes of the Internet School Networking (ISN) Working Group Meeting

Tuesday, August 12, 1997, Munich, Germany

The ISN WG was called to order by Sepideh Boroumand co-chair of ISN at 1p.m. Attendees approved the following agenda:

1) Introductions
2) Intro to school networking in Germany - K. Fueller
3) Help Desk Document
4) Common Pitfalls Outline
5) AOB

Attendees were invited to introduce themselves and briefly describe their interests in ISN.

Mr. K. Fueller made a presentation on school networking in Germany. He gave the group information on the efforts being made and the problems facing the schools. Mr. Fueller also shared with the group the technical solution for his school. A Linux based software was written for schools and is freely available. The software works easily with Microsoft OS, OS/2, Mac and Unix. It is menu driven and easy to use. For example, it can add groups of students at a time with a single operation. The software acts as a local file and print server. It is also possible to use it for mail, news, ftp and as an http proxy server. German schools have also worked with ISPs, some Universities and Freenets to make the schule.de domain address available to the schools.

Next, the group worked on the Help Desk document and it was finalized. Initially, there were questions on the usefulness of the document.

Time did not allow for the Common Pitfalls document.

Two secondary school level students shared their experiences on being on the Net and told the group of their connectivity and activities on the Net. They use the Net for academic activities as well as for personal interests. They were both very happy about having connectivity to the Net and proud of it being an ISDN connection.

Meeting was adjourned at 3:15 p.m.


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