K12 INTERNET PIONEERS Gleason Sackmann and Karen Ellis
Summary: The K12PlayGround is a website that provides information about K-12 schools in the United States. It was founded by Karen Ellis and is powered by Drupal open source code. The website includes a directory of over 100,000 K-12 school websites, and allows users to find and register their own schools or school districts, as well as update and edit their school information pages. The K12PlayGround also provides resources for teachers and students, and follows NetHappenings for announcements of school websites and links to K-12 school projects. In addition to its online presence, the K12PlayGround has a long history of collecting and disseminating information about K-12 schools, dating back to 1991, before the creation of the World Wide Web. The website has been active for over 30 years and has become a valuable resource for educators and students.
THE K12 INTERNET STARTS in 1991 when the general public was legally allowed to use the internet.
► K12 Internet Pioneers - Gleason Sackmann - collected the first text file of K12 websites announced on the internet.
► Karen Ellis built The Educational CyberPlayGround, Inc.® and hosted the K12 school websites database. She has been collecting K12 Information online since 1991 before there was a World Wide Web.
K12PLAYGROUND.com CONTAINS THE FIRST DATABASE IN THE WORLD TO GATHER AND DISPLAY THE URL'S TO
SCHOOL WEBSITES EVER BUILT ON THE INTERNET IN THE UNITED STATES, ACTUALLY IN THE WHOLE WORLD.
► People just like you, sent their school website addresses to us, we checked them out and put them into the database.
GLEASON SACKMANN INTERNET PIONEER
Rated #10 on Newsweek's prestigious List of "50 People Who Matter Most on the Internet." ~ Newsweek Dec 25, 1995 / Jan. 1, 1996
1998 Sackmann received the SIG/Tel Educational Telecomputing Outstanding Service Award.
- Internet Pioneer Gleason Sackmann NetHappenings ©1989 mailing list
- SIGN UP for NetHappenings email
► Gleason's "Hot List" (published on NetHappenings Mailing List) morphed into the
"K12 American School Directory" a database first published on
The Educational CyberPlayground, Inc.® then when it got too big it became this site K12PlayGround.com
¯\_( ͡❛ ‿ ͡❛)_/¯ WHAT WAS IT LIKE IN THE BEGINNING?
ALL THIS HAPPENED BEFORE YOUR SCHOOL TEACHER WAS BORN!
GLEASON SACKMANN FIRST TO WIRE NORTH DAKOTA'S K-16 SCHOOLS TO THE INTERNET.
INTERNET PIONEER GLEASON SACKMANN ACTUALLY CLIMBED UP ON THE SCHOOL ROOF TO WIRE A TELEPHONE CONNECTION INTO THE INTERNET.
►EVERYTHING YOU KNOW THAT IS ON THE NET NOW WASN'T THERE IN 1991
►LONG BEFORE THERE WAS SOMETHING CALLED THE WORLD WIDE WEB
ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS:
GLEASON SACKMANN FIRST TO WIRE NORTH DAKOTA'S K-16 SCHOOLS TO THE INTERNET
AUTHOR Sackman, Gleason PDF
PUB DATE May 94 NOTE 3p.; Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Rural Datafication (22nd, Minneapolis, MN, May 22-24,1994).
SENDIT is a telecommunications network for NorthDakota educators and students in the K-12 environment. Through SENDIT, both teachers and students have access to the Internet, and some of the isolation,' associated with the rurality of North Dakota has been diminished. SENDIT was developed by the North Dakota State University School of Education and Computer Center for use by school districts across the state. A variation of Cleveland Freenet's bulletin board system, FreePort, was installed on the SENDIT NeXT host computer in 1992. Dial-up access from terminals or personal computers to the host computer is available via 8 toll-free numbers (only in North Dakota), 6 local access lines, aud local access lines at 6 county seats and all 11 higher education sites. SENDIT can also be accessed by those having telnet capabilities. Users can access over 150 forums and state, national, and international libraries; send electronic mail; and get new curriculum ideas from other teachers. Over 25 public libraries are members of the system and have the same access as the K-12 community. The system is very popular and useful for small town libraries.(TD
NetHappenings ©1989 mailing list
►Gleason's "Hot List" © 1993 announced new school websites on the NetHappenings ©1989 mailing list. He retired and gave the data and mailing list to Karen Ellis Educational CyberPlayGround Inc. ® in 1993.
On 9/2/99 Gleason Sackman said
Educational CyberPlayGround, Inc. 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'!
► 2003 Karen Ellis has kept it going for 30 years
Find Your School.
Please register to SUBMIT YOUR SCHOOL and / or SCHOOL DISTRICT INFORMATION.
Update / Edit your school information page.
Follow @K12PlayGround™ for announcements of school websites and links to K12 school projects.
I built the K12PlayGround.com™ 2017 open source drupal site and migrated over 100,000 K12 school websites.
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 [bio] CEO and founder of "ECP" the Educational CyberPlayGround Inc.® She carries the tradition forward still publishing information and it's over 30 years later. Get the NetHappenings Email
American Citizens like you and me are the "FOLK" who made the K12PlayGround.com TM 2017
- WE ARE THE UNKNOWN CULTURE MAKERS
- WE ARE THE COMMUNITY SCHOLARS that built the net and the content on it.
YOU COLLECT AND PRESERVE OUR CULTURE
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.
July 9, 1998 ECP migrated and launched Gleason's "Hot List" to the first public database of school websites ever built by teachers and their students. We also allowed the public to enter school information. Every submission was vetted by Karen Ellis. This has always been a curated public folklore project found by the earliest search engines circa 1996.
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.
Gleason Sackmann retires in 2004.
Gleason produced Net-happenings as a volunteer for over two years, then 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.
What made Apple and Microsoft big companies?
The K12 Department of Education money collected from our School Taxes. Every K12 School District in the United States bought their products.
Your School Taxes built those companies!
Our Public School District Teachers wired our schools, bought their hardware and their software. The schools teachers paid with our taxes taught your children, trained future workers the skills needed to work at these companies In solidarity there is strength.
#EDTECH EDTECH mailing list Discussion Logs started February 1989
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
2018 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.
Way Back Machine:
- MSNBC Web Picks 11/1999 : The Educational CyberPlayground, Inc.®: 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.
- USA Today BEST BETS AWARD FOR EDUCATORS 01-09-1999 The Educational CyberPlayground, Inc.® 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.
- USA TODAY gives the The Educational CyberPlayground, Inc.® their HOT SITE AWARD January 10, 2000
- The Educational CyberPlayground, Inc.® New York Times Site Of The Day 5/2000
- The Educational CyberPlayground, Inc.® Macworld High-Quality Education on the Web 50 of the Best Sites
"Music is Language, Language is Music"
~ Karen Ellis "the orchestrator"
Interdisciplinary Social Rhythm Researchers
Edward T. Hall hid in an abandoned car and filmed children romping in a school playground at lunch hour.
Screaming, laughing, running and jumping, each seemed superficially to be doing his or her own thing.
But careful analysis revealed that the group was moving to a unified rhythm. One little girl, far more active than the rest, covered the entire schoolyard in her play.
Hall and his student realized that without knowing it, she was "the director" and "the orchestrator."
Definition of Giniker: means plenty of pep and fire because the secret to learning is motivation!
The 2nd follower is a turning point:
That is the proof that the first one has done well.
Now it's not a lone nut, it's two nuts and that brings the third person and so on and so on .....
Now you have a movement!
Cite the K12PlayGround.com TM
Robert F.Kennedy March 18, 1968 He demanded a new economic vision and died on June 6, 1968