• From: Gleason Sackmann <gleason@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: K12Newsletters <k12newsletters@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2003 11:09:56 -0600

K12NewsLetters - From Educational CyberPlayGround

For Immediate Release
January 7, 2003
Contact: Jim Leonhirth,

Sackmann brings school lists to Educational CyberPlayGround

A pioneer of the Internet has brought his school-related resources to the
Educational CyberPlayGround, a Philadelphia-based education portal

Karen Ellis, founder of the Educational CyberPlayGround, said Gleason
Sackmann, who has developed school resources on the Internet since 1993,
now is serving as director of community programs, for ECP

"Gleason is a trailblazer in regard to helping educators and the education
community use the Internet effectively," Ellis said.

Sackmann serves as the moderator for the following e-mail lists:

--Net Happenings, which provides announcements about the latest Internet
resources, particularly education-related resources. Sackmann founded this
list in 1993 <>.

--K12 Newsletters, which includes various newsletters about K-12
education <>.

--Network Newsletters, which combines in one place various e-zines

--New-list, which provides the Internet with prompt notification of the
creation of any mailing list on any given topic

Sackmann also developed in 1994 the HotList of K-12 School Sites online
<>, which includes a master
registry of K-12 schools, organized by state and grade level. The registry
also includes sites for school districts, state and regional education
organizations, state departments of education, charter schools, virtual
schools, state standards and state administrators.

Sackmann has earned several awards for his Web efforts. In 1998, Sackmann
received the SIG/Tel Educational Telecomputing Outstanding Service Award,
and in 1996, he was rated No. 10 on the Newsweek's list of the "50 People
Who Matter Most on the Internet."

A resident of Fargo, N.D., Sackmann holds a B.S. degree in science from
Minot State University in North Dakota. He taught high school science for
20 years in Bottineau, N.D.

After Sackmann left teaching, he joined the SENDIT (now EduTech) project,
one of the first statewide telecommunication networks dedicated to the
K-12 community.

"When we first started, we were one of three statewide K-12
telecommunications networks," Sackmann said. "The other two were BigSky in
Montana, and TENET in Texas."

Sackmann said the SENDIT project provided e-mail account for both teachers
and students, educational resources, Web browsing using Lynx and early
versions of Mosaic and Netscape.

He also worked for six years with the Internet Scout Project at the
University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Sackmann said the K-12 network projects have had an impact on all levels
of education.

"If nothing else, the involvement of K-12 forces the state universities to
get up to speed on the Internet, since the K-12 students were more
knowledgeable than the college instructors," he said.

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