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REFERENCE: Harris, J. (1995). Way of the Ferret: Finding and Using Educational Resources on the Internet. International Society for Technology in Education: Eugene, Oregon.


This source-book is designed to aid educators in exploring the Internet. The author stresses, however, the fact that it is not for the new computer user; if you are not familiar with telecomputing, word processing, and/or your computer's operating system, you should read this book only after you have become familiar with those elements. This book was written for educators who are already familiar with telecommunications technology, but who need some assistance in "ferreting out" the vast amount of information and services provided on the Internet. Harris contends that in order to be successful using the tools provided, readers must have the following prior to reading this book:

One of the most useful components of this book is its comprehensive listing of educational Gopher and Telnet sites, FTP archives, mailing lists, and Web sites.


Judy Harris "taught at the elementary school level for six years before completing her doctorate in instructional technology at the University of Virginia. She currently is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin

Harris writes a monthly column for educators entitled "Mining the Internet," published in Technology and Learning and coordinates a number of educational projects on the Internet. Harris offers "Mining the Internet" hands-on workshops at state, national, and international educational computing conferences. She also teaches two "mostly online" Internet-based telecomputing graduate courses each year at the University of Texas at Austin.


Way of the Ferret is available from ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education), 1787 Agate Street, Eugene, Oregon 97403-1923)
Orders: (800) 336-5191; Fax: (503) 346-5890; Phone: (503) 346-4414

Other online resources by Judi Harris:

The Electronic Emissary Project

Judi Harris' Network-Based Educational Activity Structures

"Mining the Internet" columns


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