Models of Grassroots Empowerment in Educational Telecommunications

Doug Walker
Lisa McPhail
Duncan Bailey
National SchoolNet Office


More than software and cable-linked computers, Canada's SchoolNet is an evolving virtual learning community. Inspired by, and building upon, the FreeNet concept, SchoolNet brings people together to learn, to communicate, to collaborate, and to share ideas. Serving as a catalyst to discovery, SchoolNet bridges the gaps of isolation and distance while enabling wide public access to resources of information and knowledge. This paper discusses the history, focus, accomplishments, and vision of SchoolNet: