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

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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 Internet Scout Project and the InterNIC. We're proud to have him and his work, and wish him many more years of continued success.

Educational CyberPlayGround  1996

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

This was the first time a website allowed anyone from  the public to enter their own K12 school website data and get it published online and also found by the earliest search engines. People found the first school websites ever published in the world from ECP. Example: Around August 14, 1996. Arbor Heights Elementary in Seattle, WA was either the 9th or 10th elementary school to have a website in the world.

American Citizens just like you and me  are the "FOLK"  we are the UNKOWN CULTURE MAKERS and  Community Scholars who built the net and the content on it. 

Gleason and Karen Ellis Navigating the Future of K12 Internet History

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.


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

We built and launched this new home  K12PlayGround.comTM  in 2017 

Be A Part Of K12 History: Submit your school information. We appreciate everyone's help. 

You can find every regionally accredited Elementary, Middle and High School nationwide. Public, Private, Charter, Virtual doesn't matter, you can submit it - we take them all. You can also find State and regional education organizations.

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!!

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




- 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

The Educational CyberPlayground, Inc.® has been collecting K12 Information online since 1991!

I'm still using the same Eudora email client as I started with in 1990 today in 2018 
Nothing else has stayed the same !!!!!!!!!!!!!!  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.


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

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.



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.

Barlow Internet Pioneer

JON POSTEL Internet Pioneer, Dies at 55 in 1998

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.

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.

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!


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