ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR scholastic uses of networking is connecting children internationally. More than just electronic penpals, children enter carefully designed discussions on current events, culture, geography and personal interests, among other topics. These services are often free - the only investment required is access to a networked computer.
A global curricular conference for kids ages 10-15, conducted in several languages, including English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Norwegian and Hebrew. Membership is required, but free. Users: Over 23,000 kids from over 60 countries so far. Uses: student discussions on various topics, as well as numerous teacher/student-centered discussion lists. Contact: Odd de Presno, firstname.lastname@example.org.