2.8.1 Internet School Networking (isn)

NOTE: This charter is a snapshot of the 42nd IETF Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. It may now be out-of-date. Last Modified: 29-Jul-98


Jodi Ito <jodi@hawaii.edu>

User Services Area Director(s):

April Marine <amarine@globe.arc.nasa.gov>

User Services Area Advisor:

April Marine <amarine@globe.arc.nasa.gov>

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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 which 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 which 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

Internet School Networking (ISN) session chaired by Jodi Ito.

ISN had a brief meeting to gauge the energy for continuing the group. The Area Director
noted that the USV momentum was toward WGs with more focused charters than ISN has,
so at the very least the group would have to revamp the charter and come up with something
more concrete. There was some discussion of a couple of general ideas, but nothing
particularly specific emerged, so the decision was to close the group for now. The mailing
list, isn-wg@nasa.gov, will remain active and if new business comes up that has a lot of
support, a new effort can certainly be spun up in the future. The AD thanks the chair and
the group for their years of work and interest!


None received.

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