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his final report of a comprehensive five-year evaluation process focused on examining the progress of the statewide implementation of Internet technology, as well as the general impact on teachers, students, and schools of statewide connectivity and training efforts in K-12 schools in Nebraska. The evaluation process was based on three primary types of data--teacher/principal survey data, machine-based Educational Service Unit (ESU) support data, and observed classroom uses and projects. Results are reported in the following areas: teacher use of the Internet; principal use of the Internet; student use of the Internet; the impact of Internet on classroom settings; example teacher statements related to their use of the Internet; and general implications of the Internet implementation efforts. The following general implications revealed by the evaluation process are summarized: (1) significant progress has been made in the process of connecting schools and classrooms to the Internet; (2) teachers and students are using the resources on the Internet in day-to-day classroom operations; (3) the Internet is becoming a valued tool for educators and students; (4) community interest is starting to parallel educational interest; (5) statewide dialogue, cooperation, and planning are becoming increasingly important; and (6) Nebraska continues to play a national leadership role.


Topp, N. W., Grandgenett, N., Ostler, E., & Mortenson, R. (1998). Nebraska Internet Evaluation Report, Year 5.

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