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Successful and rewarding uses of the Internet in the schools are well-documented

Educational journals, magazines, and newspapers are filled with stories of teachers using the Web used to create connections outside the schools, publish student work, and help students gather information. In an article in The Atlantic Monthly, Todd Oppenheimer describes a group of junior high students who were able to email businessmen in Japan and China in order to gather information for an assignment (61). Chris Davis, a middle school teacher in Ohio, reports in the English Journal that his students successfully conducted research for I-Search papers on usenet newsgroups. Richard Seltzer, writing in Internet World, recounts how a class of sixth graders wrote, coded and published their essays on the Web. Seltzer observed that this kind of activity can provide important motivation and recognition, since "anyone anywhere in the world with access to the Web could see [these students'] creations" (84).