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How-To Guide
NetDay How-To Guide Introduction

NetDay Is You

This NetDay How-To Guide is for you, whether you're a principal, a teacher, a parent, an alumnus, an aunt, an elected representative, a toy store owner, a newspaper editor . . . or an executive in a Fortune 500 company. Whether you want your child's classroom wired for the Internet or you have the influence or resources to help launch a statewide wiring effort, here's where you'll find the information you need.

  Overview of NetDay 1996 tells how the idea of the original NetDay quickly spread across the United States and beyond.
  Local Organizing: The Home Front is where you'll find out how to make a NetDay effort happen in your school or district by coordinating the efforts of people in your community.

State and Local Support: Getting Partners on Board has ideas for both local and state organizers on getting political and business support for NetDay efforts:

  State Organizing: The Big Picture lays out the nuts and bolts of a statewide wiring effort.
  Technical Issues alerts you to the main cabling and risk management issues in schools.

What's Next points you toward a post-NetDay action plan.


Valuable Tools including checklists and a sample wiring plan are included throughout.


Appendices including checklists and other valuable tools.

Schools that already have communications technology in place shouldn't feel that a NetDay effort isn't for them - it's their chance to show off, to demonstrate the possibilities that other communities can look forward to, and to help a neighboring school.

NetDay efforts are an opportunity even for schools that can't manage to install cable on the designated day. Have an open house on NetDay and get your community talking about how to start its own NetDay activities.

Over 40 states now have wiring efforts under way, but if your state isn't among them, don't be discouraged. In fact, NetDay96 was really nothing but communities that had found ways to wire their schools on their own, classroom by classroom. If it weren't for people across the country like you, NetDay96 could never have happened.