Charles Hill
Putnam Valley Schools
Putnam Valley, NY
School Intranets:
Creating and Managing Instructional Resources Classroom Connect Conference, Atlantic City, April 22 and 23, 1998

1. What is an Intranet?
2. Moving from the simple to the complex - an Intranet prehistory.
  • Why set one up?
  • What can you put on it?
  • The Putnam Valley philosophy: simpler is better; something is better than nothing.
3. The basic Intranet.
  • Hardware and software.
  • Downloading to your Intranet.
4. Some cautions.
  • Who's in control?
  • What does the law say?
5. Working and collaborating to create a more complex Intranet.
6. Learning more: good sites to visit.
A web version of this outline is available on the Putnam Valley Schools web site []. The complete session notes are also available [] - but you must know the password in order to get in.


About Web Sites in General

    Web Tips []
    Practical design tips for novice and experienced page makers.
    Webreference []
    Links to and information about anything and everything related to putting an Internet site together.

About Intranets in Particular

    Complete Intranet Resource []
    Articles, discussion lists, vendor information, places to get software; comprehensive and very accessible.
    Infoseek []
    Intranet Design Magazine []
    Monthly, in magazine format; very helpful. Lots of information - from simple to semi-technical; good links; helpful email exchange section where users ask and answer practical questions; lots of annoying little graphics that have to download before you gain control of the home page.
    Intranet Journal []
    News, information, commentary, and reviews. Excellent collection of shareware software (mostly Windows, NT, or Unix; some Mac). Easy to read; a business focus, though you should take a look at Susan Christoffersen's Intranet Diary about her plans for an intranet in an upstate New York school district. Her working notes can be found on an Arlington Central School District test page.
    Intranet News []
    Part of Mecklermedia's internetWorld magazine and web site, it tends to focus on business issues and needs. Offers good, current information.
    Intranet Research Center []
    CIO magazine's contribution to Intranets in the business world.
    Wazza's Intranet Page []
    Practical advice from Australia on setting up a school Intranet. Concise, clear, and very helpful. Check out the software links.


    Cyberspace Law [] - John Marshall Law School
    Computer Law Center [] - New York Law Publishing Company
    Legal Issues and Policy: Cyberspace and the Law Archive [] - EFF
    Legal Copyright Issues [] - From Now On
    The Internet Newsletter, "Why You Need Cross-Link Agreements" by Richard K. Herrman, January 1998 []

Servers and Stuff

Builder.Com [] - Windows.
InfoMac [] - Mac.'s WebCompare [] - Comparative information about different servers.
Jumbo [] - Mac and Windows.
Qualcomm's Eudora Mail Server [] - Mac and Windows.
Social Engineering's Quid Pro Quo [] - Macintosh server.
StarNine's WebSTAR [] - Macintosh server.
ZDNet Software Library [] - Mac and Windows.

Whack that Web

    Blue Squirrel's WebWhacker [] - Mac and Windows.
    Chaotic Software's Web Devil [] - Mac only.
    DataViz's Web Buddy [] - Mac and Windows.

Collaboration Software

    PublicSpace []
    TeamWave []
This page was updated on April 5, 2023

Contact Charles Hill at [email protected]
Putnam Valley Central School District
171 Oscawana Lake Road
Putnam Valley, NY 10579