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For Immediate Release
Martin Burack
(703) 648-9888

World Class Educational Professionals to Lead K-12 Networking Workshop at INET '97 Conference In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Washington, D.C. -- May 12, 1997-- Internationally renowned leaders in the Internet education field will lead the Internet Society's K-12 Networking Workshop at INET 97 on June 24, 1997 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Workshop will focus on a broad range of technical and non-technical issues surrounding deployment and use of the Internet in schools around the world and is appropriate for educators and educational policy makers. The world class educators and technologists serving on the workshop panel will address a variety of pertinent education issues such as school reform, practical strategies for using the Internet to support professional development for teachers and how the Internet impacts the school's curriculum.

"The Internet Society is committed to the global deployment of the Internet's infrastructure to educational institutions and the enhancement of the knowledge-base of educators. This Workshop will provide educators, government officials and internetworking professionals with practical information about the Internet's development and use in the classroom," said Donald M. Heath, President and CEO of the Internet Society. "The conference itself will serve to promote and maintain a broad spectrum of activities focused on the Internet's development, availability and associated technologies."

The international assemblage of world-class speakers who will be presenting at the Workshop includes: Jean Armor Polly, author of the Internet Kids Yellow Pages; Tracy LaQuey Parker, author of The Internet Companion: A Beginner's Guide to Global Networking; Al Weis, President and CEO of Advanced Network & Services and founder of the ThinkQuest program; Jim Williams, Executive Director of the Federation of American Research Networks; Susan Calcari, the InterNIC NetScout; principal investigators and project directors from three of the National Science Foundation's major large-scale Networking Infrastructure for Education projects in the U.S., and leading educational technologists from Europe and Asia.

One series of K-12 Workshop presentations will address school reform and the renewal of teaching and learning through the use of Internetworking technology, with a focus on practical lessons. Founders and directors of the major international networking projects for students will describe their program and provide instructions on how Malaysian teachers and students can become involved with students from around the world in the CyberFair, ThinkQuest, KidLink and KIDS projects. Experienced educational technologists will share specific strategies for addressing the professional development and ongoing support needs of teachers. Also, there will be sessions addressing the implementation and usage of the Internet in schools.

The price is US$105. This includes program, lunch and materials. To register for the K-12 Workshop and/or the INET 97 Conference, complete the INET 97 Registration Form located on the Internet Society's Web-site:; or calling +1.703.648.9888. Additional information can also be found at the web site.

The Internet Society is the international organization for global coordination and cooperation of the Internet and is the sponsor of INET 97, premier global Internet conference. INET 97 will include presentations of over 100 research papers, technical reports and case studies presented to a variety of professionals involved in developing and implementing Internet networks, technologies, applications and policies worldwide. More than 3,000 information technology professionals, business executives, educators and government officials from around the world are expected to attend.

The other pre-conference programs are: The Developing Countries Workshop, a seven day program (June 15-22) at the Permata Training Center in suburban Kuala Lumpur. This practical program will focus on assisting professionals in countries who are in the process of developing or enhancing their initial national Internet infrastructure. And the African Network Symposium will address issues affecting Internet development in Africa on Tuesday, June 24.

The Internet Society (ISOC) is the leading organization for the technical, commercial and policy development of the Internet. ISOC is a non-profit, non-governmental group that provides a forum for diverse interests and businesses to manage the many issues and concerns which the new applications of the Internet are generating. Membership includes more than 100 key Internet-oriented organizations and about 7,000 individuals from 150 countries. Additional INET 97 conference information can be obtained by contacting the Internet Society at 703-648-9888;; e-mail, or by writing to 12020 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA., USA. 20191-3429.

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