Teachers looking to make their classrooms more student-centered, collaborative, and interactive are
increasingly turning to telecommunications networks. Ranging in scale from local bulletin boards systems to
the Internet, these webs of connected computers allow teachers and students from around the world to
reach each other directly and gain access to quantities of information previously unimaginable. Students
using networks learn new inquiry and analytical skills in a stimulating environment, and many people believe
they also gain an increased awareness of their roles as world citizens.