Reston, Virginia - 30 May, 1996: More than 100 educators from around the world will study the impact the Internet can have on today's education and will gain experience in traveling the Information Highway at a workshop to be held June 25, in Montreal, Canada, in connection with INET'96, the annual conference of the international Internet Society.

The workshop, designed for teachers from pre-school to pre-university, will highlight international networking initiatives and resources. The training sessions are planned around four major themes: the renewal of the teaching and learning process; network tools and resources; implementing Internet curricula; and worldwide learning. A selection of English and French sessions will be offered within each theme.

Donald M. Heath, President and CEO of the Internet Society, in announcing the INET School Networking Workshop to be held at the Palais des Congres in Montreal, said the Internet has an important role to play in improving the quality of education while rendering it more affordable.

"The Internet Society is pleased to feature this important workshop as part of its annual INET activities," said Heath. "In addition to providing valuable training, the workshop will explore the role the Internet Society is playing to support school networking and facilitate the development of an information society," he concluded.

The keynote speakers for the workshop are: Therese Laferriere, former Dean of the Faculty of Education at Laval University, Quebec and Robert David co-leader of Cyber School, a dynamic and comprehensive educational web site. Both are leaders in telecommunications in Quebec and are well acquainted with the challenges facing the present day school system.

"This will be a diverse and dynamic program with the best blending of local and international expertise," said David Lassner, Co-Chair of the workshop and Director of Information Technology at the University of Hawaii.

Inet'96, the sixth annual conference of the Internet Society, is expected to bring over 2500 Internet specialists from around the world to Montreal, Canada, from June 25-28, 1996. This year's program will focus on worldwide issues of Internet networking, with some 200 presentations ranging over 50 different topics.

The Internet Society has over 5000 members and currently represents 108 countries. Founded in 1991, the Society has served as the central international organization for global coordination and cooperation on the Internet. It plays a central role in promoting and maintaining a broad spectrum of activities focused on the Internet's development, availability and associated technologies. The Internet Society also serves as a global clearinghouse for Internet information and education and as a coordinator of Internet-related activities around the world.

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