T.H.E. Journal, August 1998, p. 60

The director of technology for Norfolk Academy, an independent school in Norfolk, Va., outlines several methods that have been successful in encouraging students to use technology.

During what the author calls “electronic recess,” students are encouraged to E-mail each other and surf the Internet outside of a dedicated classroom program. The author says this encourages students who normally are shy about using technology to become more confident by using simple E-mail and Internet programs.

Each of the school’s nearly 1,200 students have unlimited E-mail and Internet access through the school’s more than 300 networked computer workstations.

The school limits abuse of the Internet by incorporating an acceptable computer-use policy into its honor code. The school also maintains daily logs to track the names of students and the web sites they access.