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      WWWEDU FAQ:
      Frequently Asked Questions about the WWWEDU Discussion Group

      Last Update: May 17, 2006


      The WWWEDU FAQ is posted at least once a month to WWWEDU. If you
      have never read the WWWEDU FAQ before or are planning to post a message
      for the first time, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY! And because the FAQ contains
      information regarding list policies, I would strongly urge you to save a copy for future reference.

      The most recent version is available on the Web at
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wwwedu/files/

      The purpose of this FAQ is to answer some of the most common questions
      asked on this group, and to refer people left with unanswered questions to
      available sources of additional help.

      Submissions, comments, etcetera are welcomed, and should be sent to Andy
      Carvin at acarvin @ edc.org. Comments posted to the WWWEDU list
      should have a subject header containing "WWWEDU FAQ" so that Andy
      notices them as quickly as possible :-). Received materials will be considered in
      the public domain and subject to editing unless specific text to the contrary
      accompanies the message (which may render the submission unusable).

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      Table of Contents

      Section 1: General Questions
      1.1 What is WWWEDU?
      1.2 What are the posting guidelines for WWWEDU?
      1.3 What does WWWEDU have to do with EDWEB?
      1.4 Who the heck is Andy Carvin?
      1.5 How do I subscribe to WWWEDU?
      1.6 Is a daily digest available?
      1.7 How do I unsubscribe from WWWEDU?
      1.8 Where is the WWWEDU archive, and is it searchable?


      Section 1: General Questions


      1.1 What is WWWEDU?

      WWWEDU (The World Wide Web in Education List) is a moderated list
      coordinated by Andy Carvin at the EDC Center for Media & Community.
      WWWEDU offers educators, students, webmasters, policy makers,
      parents, and Internet users in general a continuous discussion on the
      role of World Wide Web use in education. What are teachers
      and students doing with the Web today? How can the structure of the
      Web positively affect learning and assessment? What else can be done
      to expand the Web's role in education? And how can we encourage
      non-Web using schools and educators to take advantage of this new
      tool? WWWEDU will hopefully provide a forum for these questions
      and others as they come up.

      WWWEDU is targeted for use by educators, students, parents and
      webmasters, but anyone with a keen interest in the use of the Web in
      education is welcome to join. Discussion is moderated, but anyone may
      jump in at any time to begin a new topic. Standard netiquette and
      courtesy apply at all times, and flaming will not be tolerated.

      WWWEDU's home page can be found at
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wwwedu/

      1.2 What are the guidelines for posting WWWEDU?

      Because WWWEDU is a moderated group, all posts that are submitted
      to the list must be approved by Andy Carvin before they can be
      distributed to the entire subscribership. All posts must be in plain text
      (sometimes called ascii text), in order for all members of the list to be
      able to read them. _Never_ post an attachment or anything coded in
      HTML, for these messages will seriously mess up digests of the list. If
      you're going to post to the list, be sure to check that your email
      software is set up to send messages as plain text or ascii rather than
      HTML or MIME-encoded. If necessary, make the change in your
      software's preferences before you post a message.

      In general, the following subjects (and any related issues) are
      considered fair game:

      The use of the web in education
      Expanding web access and publishing into the classroom
      Announcements of free educational web resources
      Promotion of easy access to the web for all levels of education
      Educational web site reviews
      Educational interactivity in web environments (MOO's, chat
      rooms, etc.)
      Politics and policies that may affect web use in education
      Web-related grants, projects, contests, and other opportunities
      ancillary web issues such as Acceptable Use Policies,
      student-teacher publishing rights, etc.
      Relevant book announcements (see below for restrictions)

      In contrast, the following subjects are considered inappropriate and
      may be rejected for publication:

      General questions on education
      General questions on non-Internet media technologies (cd-roms,
      video, etc)
      Private posts to members of the group
      For-profit advertisements of any type whatsoever
      Requests for Greetings (such as "please send a message to my
      class and tell them where you are!")
      Administrative questions (post these directly to
      acarvin@...)
      Computer virus warnings (see below)
      Newsletters (see below)

      Most of the above examples are straightforward, but I'd like to explain
      the virus warning ban. Every now and then you may receive an email
      from someone warning you about some new computer virus,
      encouraging you to spread the word. In 99.9% of all cases, these
      messages are _hoaxes_. The virus itself doesn't exist; rather, the
      hundreds of thousands of emails generated by people spreading the
      word about it is the actual virus, taking up precious Internet bandwidth.
      If you are determined to post a warning, though, please check the Virus
      Warning website at http://www.kumite.com/myths to confirm or debunk
      the virus' existence.

      Sometimes, the occasional off-topic message will be allowed if the
      subject is clearly of interest to the WWWEDU community. But in
      general, the reason for disallowing these subjects is simply that there
      are often more appropriate forums for them elsewhere on the Net, and
      because the vast majority of WWWEDU subscribers subscribe to more
      than one discussion list, they would be bombarded with redundancies.
      For example, if you have a general question related to technology
      policy, I would highly recommend you post it to the EDTECH list at
      edtech@.... For a comprehensive list of other
      educational/technology lists, please visit
      http://www.edwebproject.org/lists.html.

      As for the rule for not allowing "requests for greetings," invariably they
      clog up the discussion because people will cc-post their responses to
      the group, and not directly to the original person. As noted before,
      flaming, rudeness and commercial advertisements will not be tolerated.
      If you are unable to follow these rules, you will be removed from the
      list. Regarding the newsletter restriction, newsletter publishers are
      invited to post brief announcements to inform list members that their
      latest newsletter is available on the Web for reading; they may also
      post a limited number of exerpts or blurbs that are particularly relevant
      to the group. However, publishers should not post entire newsletters
      to the list.

      When posting a message to the list, be sure to consider the following:

      Write clear and meaningful titles. If you're going to post an email to
      the list, the title of your message should be clear enough to convey the
      purpose of that message. For example, if I have a question regarding
      elementary school students accessing the Web, I shouldn't title the
      message as "Question" or "Help." A much clearer title would be
      something like "Web Access in K-6?" or "Using the Web in
      Elementary." Or, if you're going to post your first message to the list,
      you might want to say "Introduction: Bill Gates," assuming your name
      was Bill Gates, of course. Clear message titles are important because
      many WWWEDU subscribers received hundreds of emails a day, so if
      you want to be sure your message gets a close look, your title should
      be clear and should stand out.

      Don't post huge messages. You should always say what you want to
      say, but don't post messages that drag on for pages unless you've got
      a really good reason for it. Long messages are slower to process and
      can cause bottlenecks in the listserver. So if you want to announce that
      you've got a call for registration for a conference, post a summary and
      let us know how to get a copy of it, instead of posting the entire
      conference program.

      Responding to another message: private vs. public posting. Ideally,
      when a person posts a message to the list, we all like to see responses
      posted as well, assuming the original poster hasn't requested that the
      responses be private. When you respond to a message, the mailing list
      system is set up in such a way that your response will go automatically
      back to WWWEDU and not the original author - please be aware of
      that when you compose your message. And whenever possible, trim
      the size of the original message - there's no reason to repost the entire
      original, since we've all seen it before. Instead, include the highlights
      and key points to which you're responding. And NEVER respond with
      an entire daily digest of messages tacked to the bottom of the message
      - emails that large will never be posted due to size constraints. There's
      also no need to respond with a post that says "Yes, I agree," or "me
      too" and nothing else. If you're going to post a message, make sure that
      message is adding to the conversation. :-)

      Sign your messages! All posts to WWWEDU must be signed with
      your name and email address, and preferably your location and what
      you do. Be sure to say exactly where you are - for example, if I signed
      my messages Andy Carvin, Cook Middle School, no one will be able to
      tell if I'm in Arkansas, Australia or anywhere else. Anonymous postings
      to lists in general is considered rather impolite and won't be posted.
      Besides, it can make it very difficult for people to respond to you
      privately.

      Posting regular project updates. If you're like me and you like to post
      updates about your particular website on a regular basis,
      don't bombard us with an overabundance of messages. If your site is
      dynamic enough to merit a posted update ever week or two, than feel
      free to post a note. But if you want to post a message every week just to
      reannounce your site, even if there aren't substantial changes to the
      site, please hold off and wait til there's something new to announce.

      Never post attachments of any kind! Attachments are the scourge of
      listservs everywhere because they can't be processed by every email
      reader. While it may seem nice to attach a picture, a business card or a
      Word file to your messages sometimes, this means that hundreds of
      subscribers will get your attachment as pages of garbage data. Under
      no circumstances can attachments be posted to the list.

      Book announcements. Since many of our list's members are experts in this
      field, they are invited to announce to the list when they've published a
      book related to the role of the Web in education. Because of the
      noncommercial nature of the list, book announcements must meet the
      following guidelines: 1. The book being announced must be related to the
      role of the Web in education. 2. One announcement only; no periodic
      reminders. 3. Announcements should come from the authors themselves, not
      publishers, agents or other promoters. 4. Authors may provide a summary of
      the book, as well as title and ISBN number; information on how to purchase
      the book may _not_ be included. 5. Authors with a free online version of
      the book are invited to include a URL.

      1.3 What does WWWEDU have to do with The EdWeb Project? (www.edwebproject.org)

      The relationship between EdWeb and WWWEDU is a bit nebulous.
      Both are maintained by Andy Carvin, and the WWWEDU home page is
      hosted on EdWeb. Beyond that, they tend to follow different paths.
      EdWeb focuses strictly on K-12 education, reform, and
      telecommunications policy, and all of the content is written and/or
      edited by Andy. WWWEDU, on the other hand, does not focus
      specifically on K-12 (though it is certainly an important component of
      it). Discussion spans all aspects of education, from kindergarten to
      adult learning, and is tied together by their involvement on the World
      Wide Web.

      1.4 Who the heck is Andy Carvin anyway?

      Andy Carvin (acarvin @ edc.org), moderator of
      WWWEDU, is Program Director of the EDC Center for Media and Community near
      Boston. Andy is the editor of the Digital Divide Network
      (http://www.DigitalDivideNetwork.org), a national coalition of high tech
      corporations and nonprofit foundations working to find solutions to
      the digital divide. Andy and his writings have appeared in numerous
      publications, including the New York Times, Harvard Educational
      Review, Education Week, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, the
      Village Voice, Esther Dyson's Release 1.0, Web Review, and the second
      edition of The Internet Unleashed, published by Sams/MacMillan.

      Andy was named in 1999 by eSchoolNews magazine as a member of the
      Impact 30, an annual list highlighting 30 of the most influencial people
      in education technology today. He is a member of the Board of
      Directors for the Asia/Pacific Center for Justice and Peace, a consortium
      of NGOs that promotes democracy, free speech and freedom of religion
      across Asia. He also serves on the Board of the Consortium for School
      Networking (CoSN), which advocates policies regarding the role of
      information technology in schools. He previously served as New Media
      Program Officer for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, where he
      developed Internet-related grant programs for the public broadcasting
      community.

      Andy holds a bachelor of science in rhetoric and religion and a master
      of arts in telecommunications from Northwestern University, where he
      received the prestigious Annenberg/Washington Graduate Fellowship.
      While living in Illinois, he was co-founder and editor-in-chief of the
      Chicago area arts weekly, Art+Performance magazine. In his free time,
      Andy has traveled extensively around the world and has written about
      his adventures in popular online travelogues. In January 1999, Andy
      premiered From Sideshow to Genocide: Stories of the Cambodian
      Holocaust (http://www.edwebproject.org/sideshow), a historical
      collection of accounts from survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime. Most
      recently Andy published Anatolian Fortnight
      (http://www.edwebproject.org/anatolia), detailing his September 1999
      trip from Istanbul to Mount Ararat.

      1.5 How do I subscribe to WWWEDU?

      To join WWWEDU, send a message to
      wwwedu-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. You will then be added to the
      WWWEDU list.

      When you first join WWWEDU, please post an introduction of
      yourself to the group, and feel free to suggest any discussion topics.
      You may post at any time by sending a message to
      wwwedu@yahoogroups.com.

      1.6 Is a daily digest available?

      Because WWWEDU can be a high-volume list at times, you can elect
      to receive the its postings in one large chunk each day. This is the best
      way to avoid information overload for many people, but it can also slow
      down one's involvement in the discussion. To receive the digest, visit
      the WWWEDU list management site at
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wwwedu and click on the "edit my
      membership" button on the right-hand side. Here you'll be able to
      switch your membership setting to digest format. If you ever need to
      switch it back, return to this same page and you'll be able to re-adjust
      your settings.

      1.7 How do I unsubscribe from WWWEDU?

      To unsubscribe, send a message to
      wwwedu-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com. You'll then be removed from
      the list.

      If you experience any problems with the list, please contact Andy
      Carvin directly at acarvin @ edc.org, and no matter what, DO NOT
      post unsubscribe requests to the entire list.

      1.8 Where is the WWWEDU archive, and is it searchable?

      A searchable archive is located on the WWWEDU homepage:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wwwedu
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