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Educational CyberPlayGround  1996

The Educational CyberPlayGround ECP transformed Gleason's 1996 text file into a database and  launched it on July 9, 1998

ECP was the first website in the world to allow the public to enter their own K12 school information and website data and have it published online which was found by the earliest search engines.  

Gleason Sackmann and Karen Ellis Navigating the Future of K12 Internet History -- K12PlayGround.comTM   2017 
American Citizens just like you and me  are the "FOLK". 
THE COMMUNITY SCHOLARS who built the net and the content on it.

Karen and Gleason


On 9/2/99 Gleason Sackman said the Educational CyberPlayGround site was "Nicely laid out, and an excellent selection of resources. I'm sure it had kept you busy, and will keep you busy! :) I checked out the Teacher, Internet, and Literacy sections. Nice job! Hope you get lots of 'hits'!

ECP Mission Statement explains why the Hot List was turned into a database called the K12 American School Directory. 

Gleason Sackmann retires in 2004.

The HotList of K12 Schools and all Gleason's mailing lists were given to and have continued to be run  and moderated by Karen Ellis founder of the Educational Cyber PlayGround Inc.® ECP

After 20 years and countless changes in tech we wanted to take advantage of Drupal open source code. See Pioneer Richard Stallman.

Around August 14, 1996. Arbor Heights Elementary in Seattle, WA was the 9th or 10th elementary school with a web site found in the world.


Internet Grandadddy and Pioneer Gleason Sackmann

Gleason's "Hot List" K12 American School Directory ©1996 was only a text file.  

  • Rated #10 on Newsweek's prestigious List of "50 People Who Matter Most on the Internet." ~ Newsweek Dec 25, 1995 / Jan. 1, 1996 


  • 1998 Sackman received the SIG/Tel Educational Telecomputing Outstanding Service Award.

  • Launched the "NetHappenings" Mailing list 1993

  • BIO    |   Gleason's Resources   |   Mailing List Basics   |   Newsletters

Editor Gleason Sackmann Sackman Editor, Net-happenings

Scout Report May 16, 1997 Scout Report NetHappenings Anniversary

Happy Birthday to NetHappenings!
I'd like to congratulate Gleason Sackman on four years of continuous, daily publication of the Net-happenings mailing list, over three years of the newsgroup, and over two years of the Web site. The mailing list delivers 50-60 announcements daily to almost 10,000 readers, and another 15,000 people visit the Web site each day. As many of you may know, Gleason produced Net-happenings as a volunteer for over two years, and only in the last 18 months has become an employee of the The Scout Report Internet Scout Project and the InterNIC. We're proud to have him and his work, and wish him many more years of continued success.

1991 [Remember]

TIM BERNERS LEE created the WORLD WIDE WEB March 12, 1989.

This system allowed documents and sites to connect via the Internet.@timberners_lee Tim Berners-Lee demonstrates the WWW World Wide Web to delegates at the Hypertext Conference 1991.

 Theodor Holm Nelson PhD Founder of computer hypertext, 1960

The Educational CyberPlayground, Inc.® has been collecting K12 Information online since 1991 BEFORE there was a WWW.

Still using the same Eudora email client FROM 1990 TO  2018 
Nothing else has stayed the same in all this time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!  
5/18 Computer History Museum Makes the Eudora Email Client Source Code Available to the Public
Early successful email client is released by Computer History Museum’s Center for Software History.

- ECP Founder meets Secretary of Education Rod Paige 11/2001  
- USA Today BEST BETS AWARD FOR EDUCATORS  01-09-1999 The Educational CyberPlayGround provides teachers, parents, librarians, home schoolers and regular folks a "webliography" of links to educational resources in a wide range of subjects. With a cool choice of site maps to browse from.
 - MSNBC Web Picks 11/1999 : The Educational CyberPlayGround: A helpful resource to teachers, parents, librarians, home schoolers and even those with little or no on-line experience, to use the Internet effectively to aid teaching.  
- New York Times Site Of The Day 5/2000
- Macworld High-Quality Education on the Web 50 of the Best Sites and A IS FOR ART 2000


Richard Stallman Everyone's Friend, Culture Maker, and Community Scholar 

Richard Matthew Stallman rms launched the free software movement. He invented Drupal which is used on this site.
Stallman launched the GNU Project, founded the Free Software Foundation, developed the GNU Compiler Collection and GNU Emacs, and wrote the GNU General Public License. Stallman launched the GNU Project in September 1983 to create a Unix-like computer operating system composed entirely of free software. He has been the GNU project's lead architect and organizer, and developed a number of pieces of widely used GNU software including, among others, the GNU Compiler Collection the GNU Debugger and the GNU Emacs text editor.[5] In October 1985 he founded the Free Software Foundation.
Stallman pioneered the concept of copyleft, which uses the principles of copyright law to preserve Fair Use - the right to use, modify and distribute free software, and is the main author of free software licenses which describe those terms, most notably the GNU General Public License (GPL), the most widely used free software license.In 1989 he co-founded the League for Programming Freedom.
FREEDOM FIRST: Unethical products that restrict freedom.
Etherpad is a software application that allows for real-time group collaboration of text documents. Riseup does not store IP addresses, we require https, and pads are automatically destroyed after 60 days of inactivity. For added security, access via the Riseup VPN or this Tor hidden service

IN 1999, Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead

was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress where he heads the sub-committee on the digitization and preservation of the Center's vast collections. In October of 2000, the Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center conferred an honorary doctorate of humane letters upon Mickey for his work in advancing the preservation of aural archives.


Eric Ward, who many knew as the link building pioneer “Link Moses” and taught so much to so many, died Monday, October 16 2017.He was 58 years old. Ward was, in my mind (and the minds of many in this industry) synonymous with link building.For many, he was the expert in all things link building. ~ Danny Goodman Search Engine Expert

Eric Ward Link Moses published article about Educational CyberPlayGround, Inc.


Barlow Internet Pioneer RIP - JOHN PERRY BARLOW

John Perry Barlow was an American poet and essayist, a cattle rancher, and a cyberlibertarian political activist who had been associated with both the Democratic and Republican parties.

He was also a lyricist for the Grateful Dead.

In 1990, he co-founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit digital rights group that “champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism and technology development,” according to the organization. Barlow is also credited with coining the term “cyberspace.”

"I have not given up on the idea that, as a species, we can be more humane and fair, nor have I forsaken the notion that the greater understanding bred by universal access to knowledge is the key to increasing these qualities in us.“
“Copyright and intellectual property are the most important issues now. If you don't have something that assures fair use, then you don't have a free society. If all ideas have to be bought, then you have an intellectually regressive system that will assure you have a highly knowledgeable elite and an ignorant mass."

"We have a deeply symbiotic relationship with large corporations. I wouldn't want to eliminate them, because they are the engines of our economic well being at the moment. But we need something -- and I think it's governmental -- to reregulate the market and make it free, because the multinationals have taken it away. I don't see anything particularly free about a plutocracy."

Barlow was Fellow Emeritus at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, where he had maintained an affiliation since 1998.

JON POSTEL Internet Pioneer, Dies at 55 in 1998

John Postel got his PhD at UCLA. He was trying to write his doctoral thesis on the theme of "protocol verification" of network connection. However, at that time, a faculty interested in such a field could not be found in UCLA, so at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) 
Postel, director of the institute’s Computer Networks Division, created the Internet’s address system and for 30 years played a pivotal role in the technical management and administration of the Internet as director of the Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), a federally financed entity. His wise management of the Internet address system enabled the fast-growing high-speed international communication network to connect computers throughout the world.

Jon was in charge of the first domain addresses and kept them in a bottom desk drawer!
Dave Farber Grandfather of the Internet taught Jon Postel.  

Dave Farber was asked because of his specialty in distributed computing to become an academic advisor. It was a completely new research. No one knew at the time how to verify the protocol with the network connection of the computer. Jon Postel and  Paul Mokapetris both  doctoral students developed the Internet basic technology "Domain Name System ( DNS )"
At that time many undergraduate schools of computer science were built, but the budget was limited. And to connect to " ARPANET ", a huge router called " IMP (interface message processor)" was needed, Therefore, the number that the university counts was connected. Most universities could not afford to connect. Professors Dave Farber, Dave Crocker and  Larry Lie Weaver of University of Wisconsin got a 5 million dollar grant from the NSF  in 1980 and started "CSNET" that could connect cheaply using the technology of "ARPANET".  CSNET will change to NSFNET (National Science Foundation Network) all universities are connected to NSFNET, ARPANET's communication protocol " TCP / IP " and  spreads everywhere. ARPANET itself gradually became old and finished its function (ended in 1990).  
NSFNET, which was limited for academic purposes, will be now be allowed to use for commercial purposes in 1991. At that time, personal computers will become popular, individuals who are neither university nor businesses will connect with a modem to the telephone line and use the network.
The Internet, which was an experimental network of defense budget, spread to a network that everyone can use for individuals on a global scale. It became a more mature, national, and global resource.

Ed Greck Ph.D. 

"Understanding trust in terms of a communication process motivates the design and development of large-scale, secure and reliable Internet-based infrastructure services where users (including their machines, operating systems and software) are not initially trusted to any extent. In other words, one can now introduce trust as an explicit part of the Internet design, with least changes as possible, which trust was implicit when the Internet (prior to commercial operation) was based on an honor system for the users and their machines (see INTERNET MODEL). 

1973 University College of London Establishes First International ARPAnet Link
Elizabeth Feinler Begins Leading NIC Elizabeth “Jake” Feinler begins to help lead SRI International’s Network Information Center (NIC), where her group eventually develops the first Internet “yellow-” and “white-page” servers, the first query-based network host name and address (WHOIS) server, and the Host Naming Registry for the Internet. As a part of this effort she and her group develop the top-level domain naming schemes of .com, .edu, .gov, .mil, .org, and .net.

This is what it the net used to look like in 1973.

The entire Internet 1973

Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper Real Admiral GRD 34 Computer Pioneer


The COBOL language was developed by Grace Murray Hopper the first female United States Rear Admiral GRD 34 in the US Navy, #GraceHopper. #tech , who made pivotal advances in computer science. Among the amazing accomplishments of Grace Hopper - the discovery of the 1st computer "bug" (a moth).

 Speaking of ALTITUDE Grace Hopper explains Nanoseconds

Women's History Month:Changing Girls Attitudes Towards Computers in the Classroom

Hedy Lamarr - invented Frequency Hopping and never got paid for her patent.
The Navy never used it then took it after the time limit had passed for her to be paid. It is now a 30 billion dollar industry that all secret and secure transmissions use for everything on the entire planet!

Please submit your school information, we appreciate everyone's help. West Indian Proverb:

The Theory of Disruption: Build the School You Want It To Be 

Link to your Folklife or National Security Project from your school info page. Show what you are working on and let everyone across the nation find it using the #hashtags you like. Data can only tell you about the past not the future. A good theory is the only way to think about the future. You have to teach people how to think to be able to come up with the great theory, in order to get things right in the future!!

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