Mounting and Wiring Jacks
idea behind NetDay isn't to wire every room in every school
at the same time. It's a chance to get some network
connections in place - that is, to get wiring installed
in five classrooms and a library or computer lab in every
school in the United States. From there, schools can raise
money for computers or more wiring or whatever they decide.
To make it possible for volunteers to get the work done,
many unions have agreed to waive their rules on NetDay.
Right now, parents, teachers, students, other community
members and large and small companies across the country
are working together to provide planning, hardware and
already have computers, but there has been almost no funding
for wiring. Yet without the wiring in place to connect
schoolrooms to each other and to outside networks, the
offers of free access will go to waste, and students and
teachers will lose.
offer students and teachers vast resources and exciting
opportunities to communicate and work together. Teachers
around the world can share curricula on the Internet, and
students from Bakersfield to Bangalore can use it to see
and understand people and things they never knew existed.
What's more, computer literacy has become an essential
skill in the job market, and schools that fail to offer
computer resources and education are failing to prepare
students for graduation.