Projectneat to Donate Net Access

Projectneat is an independent non-profit group established to donate interactive learning tools to help connect every primary and secondary school to the Internet by the summer of 1998.

The group is using Sega Saturn Net Links versus traditional PCs to link to the Internet.

Uniquely suited for classrooms, the new Sega units cost less than $400, feature a CD-based ìpush-buttonî browser interface easily used by young students and display information on 27î televisions for whole-class interaction.

Each school receiving Projectneat equipment is dubbed a SHINE classroom, for Shared Internet Experience. Scholastic, Inc. is donating subscriptions to its Scholastic Network online curricula; other firms are donating services as well.

Projectneat intends to establish 40,000 SHINE Classrooms by June 1997, with preferences given to rural and disadvantaged schools. Another 66,000 will be in place by June of 1998. Once U.S. schools are online, the project will expand to Japan, then Europe, and then beyond. Projectneat, Inc., Santa Clara, CA, (408) 235-7760, www.

This article originally appeared in the 03/01/1997 issue of THE Journal.