Conference to introduce results from the 100-School Networking Project (Phase
Developing a Network in Yamanashi
Yoshihiko Hatsushika, Yamanashi Prefectural Education Center
- The Yamanashi Prefectural Education Center has worked to promote educational
activities in Yamanashi since 1993, providing equipment for use in information
networking systems and improving educational information exchange. In FY 1995,
we established a system giving schools Internet access through our center,
a project to promote area collaboration designated by the 100-School Networking
Project (Phase II) in FY 1996. We began offering equipment to schools to promote
the effective use of a networking system. We would like to report on our activities
and some of the problems we've encountered.
2. Yamanashi Prefecture Information Network System "Hi-Use Net"
(1) Originally a computer network
- The computer network "Hi-Use Net" was begun in FY 1993 with our
computer serving as host. Although too small to be called an educational information
networking system, it was useful in creating a foundation for information
exchange, using inexpensive equipment. It was our hope that it would be used
for public purposes. We used this system to communicate with schools, and
for the following purposes:
- Posting applications for seminars held by the Education Center
- Posting applications for research meetings
- Collecting statistics concerning results from high school entrance examinations
- Corresponding with people in charge of grading high school entrance examinations
- Offering information about software developed by our center, and distributing
(2) The Iowa project
- In FY 1996, we began an international exchange project to commemorate the
35th anniversary of our relationship with Iowa, our sister state. In this
project, people in Iowa and Yamanashi communicated for educational purposes
via the Internet. We used our center as a network base, using the center to
connect test schools to the Internet. As a result of this project, we succeeded
in establishing a base for connecting schools to the Internet. But since the
schools are connected to an academic network, rather than a service provider's
network, no other schools can connect to this network.
3. Preparing a system for area collaboration
(1) The "Hi-Use Net" intranet version
- In July 1997, we established our networking system so that schools and teachers
could use networks via our center, and launched a "Hi-Use Net" intranet
version, which can be used to access the Internet.
Our center's host lines are TRAIN, via Yamanashi University and InfoWeb, via
the prefectural office. Eighteen appointed schools participating in the "Konet
plan" are connected to the Internet through the prefectural office, while
test schools for the Iowa project and our center have connections through
If ordinary schools and "Hi-Use Net" users can access our center
by phone, they can access the prefectural office's server and a server connected
to the "Manabi Net" in Lifelong Learning Promotion Devision. By
accessing the "Manabi Net," they can also access servers connected
to "Manabi Net," or our center's server. People cannot access the
Internet through servers operated by the prefectural office or the Education
Center, although e-mail can be sent to providers on the Internet.
4. Systems that will be offered to prefectural high schools
- For FY 1998, the Yamanashi Prefectural School Board requested funding for
FY 1998 to equip schools with a system for Internet access, with the Education
Center serving as a nucleus. We hope to achieve the following:
- Switch the Education Center host line to a private provider and increase
- Upgrade the Education Center line, which currently handles telephone line
connections from schools, to allow simultaneous access for 99 schools.
- Connect Yamura technical high school to the Education Center with a special
line, so that the school can act as an access base for neighboring schools.
- Reinforce the Internet server of the Education Center and filter unsuitable
- Equip all prefectural high schools with an INS 64 line for Internet access.
(Excepting those already equipped at the prefecture's expense)
- Equip prefectural high schools with routers for in-school LANs and terminal
- Establish an Internet server for schools already provided with a computer
room, or those planning to have one in FY 1998. Establish an Internet server
for schools currently without computer rooms, when they are established.
- The following procedures have been proposed for the budget, but not yet
- Connect schools to the Internet via the Education Center.
- Schools access the Internet through an in-school LAN.
- Provide schools one terminal computer each for Internet use, connecting
more computers to the Internet as school computer rooms are upgraded.
5. Area collaboration
(1) Establishing an environment to act as a base for educational information
- Our center offers educational information to schools via networks.
a. On our WWW server, we also provided a database of educational information.
b. We provided a collection of links useful for schools.
c. We created a list Japanese search engines.
d. We established a search engine at the Yamanashi Prefectural Education Center
e. We opened web pages on behalf of other institutions.
f. We provided mailing lists.
(2) Internet seminars held by the Yamanashi Prefectural Education Center
- The Yamanashi Prefectural Education Center began holding seminars on using
the Internet for educational use in FY1997. Although one seminar (Network
Seminar) focused exclusively on the Internet, we touched on the Internet in
many others. Approximately 900 teachers learned about the Internet by participating
in one of our seminars.
(3) *Yamanashi School Net Study Group*
- In April 1994, the Center for Educational Research and Teacher Development
of the Faculty of Education of Yamanashi University began the joint research
project "Research on using the Internet for educational purposes"
in order to provide support to educational institutions. As part of this project,
study meetings on using networks for educational purposes have been held at
the Center for Educational Research and Teacher Development of the Faculty
of Education of Yamanashi University every month since February 1 of 1997.
The meetings are open to any resident of Yamanashi Prefecture. People can
also exchange information through the "ysn-ml" mailing list established
by our center. From the fifth meeting, we decided to treat this meeting as
our own special seminar, to allow teachers to participate as part of their
official work. We invited lecturers from the CEC to lecture on new techniques
and information. We gave the study group the official name of *"Yamanashi
School Net Study Group."* Parts of the meetings were devoted to developing
teaching materials for use on a web site.
(4) Developing teaching material for use on a web site
- Members of the *Yamanashi School Net Study Group* and our center's staff
developed the following teaching materials for use on a web site. These materials
can be seen at our web site (URL: http://www.ypec.misaka.yamanashi.jp/). We
also distributed CD-ROMs to those requesting them, for the use of schools
not connected to the Internet.
a. "Recording the Lifestyles of Children in Yamanashi"
b. "Yamanashi's geological features"
c. "Yamanashi's traditional handicrafts"
d. Educational materials on disaster prevention
e. Guidebook of Yamanashi high schools in '97
f. "Yamanashi Rivers," focusing on environmental education
- In order to increase use of the Internet in our community, the following
things need to be done:
- Improve networking systems equipment
- Although our current financial budget is tight, we should seek more funds
by appealing to prefectural and municipal school boards.
- Provide information and teaching materials that can be used for educational
- Improve seminars for using the Internet, and establish research organizations
- We should improve our center's seminars to improve Internet use skills of
teachers. We also need to offer teaching materials and information that can
be used on a network, with help from teachers. We would like to create an
environment that encourages independent organizations such as the *Yamanashi
School Net Study Group* to carry out various energetic activities.
Conference to introduce results from the 100-School Networking Project (Phase II)