Offer Students Low-Cost Internet Access

Indiana schoolchildren and their parents can get low-cost Internet connections for their home computers and help their local schools at the same time through a new service announced today by Indiana Web Academy (IWA) and CoreComm, a local Internet service provider.

The initiative is designed to encourage more students and their families to use the Internet for education. By participating in the program, students and families can help their schools earn credits for teacher training and online services.

“This program to help families and schools use the Internet for education underscores our strong commitment to ensuring Hoosier students are prepared to compete in a global economy, said Governor Frank O‚Bannon. „Moreover, it is truly a win-win situation, because parents, teachers and schools will benefit as well as the students.š

Through IWA, CoreComm will provide students, parents, teachers and administrators with unlimited dial-up Internet access for as low as $13.95 per month. The service includes up to three custom E-mail addresses; spam filtering; 24-hour, 7-day help desk access and absolutely no commercial advertising. Additional features include content filtering and virus protection.

Schools can earn IWA credits by enrolling users from their areas. The credits go toward free technology training, E-Locker and EZ_Website accounts for teachers and students.

„This low-cost system for access to the World Wide Web is another example of statewide benefits extended to the public through such services as our Indiana Web Academy, said Dr. Suellen Reed, Superintendent of Public Instruction. „As a successor to our computer software clearinghouse that dates from the 1980s, IWA continues to bring first-class activities and services to students and their families as well as to schools.

„Education doesn‚t stop when students exit the classroom. Internet access from home is a vital part of providing students with the best tools for research, collaboration and homework assistance, said Ken Scales, director of IWA. „The Internet also helps parents participate in the education of their children in more meaningful and productive ways.

The service is available across most of Indiana, but some areas in the southwestern and northern parts of the state are not currently served. CoreComm plans to extend the service to those areas if enough people enroll. A ZIP code search on IWA‚s Web site can help Hoosiers determine availability in their area.

Enrollment information is available on IWA‚s Web site at www.indianawebacademy.org. For more information about CoreComm, please go to their Web site at www.core.com, or call toll-free 1-800-843-1-IWA (1492).