Internet Grandadddy and Pioneer Gleason SackmannHero: Gleason Sackmann Pioneer Internet Granddaddy launched the "Hot List" K12 American School Directory ©1993


First to wire North Dakota's K-16 schools to the internet 
Rated #10 on Newsweek's prestigious List of "50 People Who Matter Most on the Internet." ~ Newsweek Dec 25, 1995 / Jan. 1, 1996

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ECP was the first website to put the information into database and publish the K12 school information which included the first school websites ever published in the world!

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

  • Gleason's HOT LIST began around ©1993 when it was only a text file.
  • You would read about this in NetHappenings or the K12 Newsletter mailing lists that were formally moderated by Gleason Sackmann who retired in 2004.
  • The HotList of K12 Schools online and all his mailing lists were passed down to and have continued to be moderated by Karen Ellis founder of the Educational CyberPlayGround Inc.®


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

Educational CyberPlayGround





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'!

The first ECP site lauched in 1996 and the current one launched July 9, 1998 which allowed the Public Folklore Project built by the nation. Americans just like you and me have submitted their school information into the database since then. We are the "Folk" the unknown culture makers who built the net and the content on it.

The ECP Mission Statement is why this Hot List was turned into a database called the K12 American School Directory. After 20 years it needed a new home so we launched the K12PlayGround.comTM  project in 2017 to take advantage of Drupal open source code.

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.

Please submit your school information, we appreciate everyone's help. 

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



The Theory of Disruption:
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!!

  • This 1878 letter from Edison  is the first documented use of the term "bug" to describe a technological glitch. You read that right: 1878! 
  • [Remember] TIM BERNERS LEE created the WORLD WIDE WEB March 12, 1989. This system allowed documents and sites to connect via the Internet.




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 Link Moses published article about Educational CyberPlayGround, Inc.


The search industry has lost a legend.

RIP ERIC WARD  #URLwire  www. Pioneer 

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



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.

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

The entire Internet 1973









Grace Hopper Computer Pioneer: Speaking of ALTITUDE Grace Hopper explains Nanoseconds

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).

Womens History Month: Women were known as "Computers" that was before the men got involved.

Grace Hopper

Women's History Month: Changing Girls Attitudes Towards Computers in the Classroom
Technology Jobs for Women: Computer Wonder Women a generation of female engineers. 
National Women's History Month
International Gender Equity Resources
Websites for girls and young women.

Fun interview of @brewster_kahle by @Recode's @karaswisher, revealing the beginnings of @internetarchive. Great mention of @openlibrary!

Dr. Richard Feinman said:

The best way to learn anything faster:

1) Choose a concept and study it quickly

2) Teach it to a toddler

3) Revise to fill in the gaps

4) Review and simplify"

(repeat step 2 and 4 until you can explain the concept in your own words)

During his lifetime, Feynman was one of the ten greatest physicists of all time and became one of the best-known scientists in the world. 


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