BASCOM Among Industry Leaders and Associations Contributing to "GetNetWise" Project.WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 29, 1999—BASCOM was included among industry leaders, government agencies, and non-profit associations participating in the "GetNetWise" project, a comprehensive Web resource launched today which offers information, tools, and tips enabling families to guide children to a safe, enriching, online experience.
"GetNetWise finally puts smart, aggregated resources right in front of parents across the Internet," said Rick White, a former U.S. Representative from Washington State and co-founder of the Congressional Internet Caucus, who announced the launch at today's news conference in Washington DC.
Parents seeking solutions for home Internet use will find a classified and categorized description of BASCOM's Access Management Engine (AME)? software in the "Tools For Families" database, which, along with the other resources available through GetNetWise, will be available on all major Internet portals, through a broad range of Internet Service Providers and family-oriented Web sites, as well as at the host site, www.GetNetWise.org. More than 95 percent of Internet users will find this resource only "one click away."
"GetNetWise is a perfect example of how government, industry, and community collaboration benefits everyone involved," said BASCOM president Peter Cirasole. "Not only will it satisfy its primary goal - to provide resources for parents and children - but it also enables all of us who have a stake in the future of the Internet to contribute from our vision for that future. We're very grateful for the opportunity to participate."
BASCOM's involvement in efforts like GetNetWise began in 1997, when Cirasole participated in the "Internet Online Summit: Focus On Children." A first-ever summit of industry leaders, educators, law enforcement officials, public interest groups and family advocates, the summit initiated a series of subsequent collaborative efforts, of which GetNetWise is a powerful culmination. Managed and built by the non-profit Internet Education Foundation, who co-chaired the project along with AT&T and America Online, GetNetWise is the result of collaboration from nearly three dozen organizations and companies including the American Library Association, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Yahoo!, Bell Atlantic, and Microsoft Corporation.
About the Global ChalkboardBASCOM's Global Chalkboard is an innovative and flexible teaching tool that uses the Internet for learning. The Global Chalkboard provides immediate access to educational Web sites and builds Web-enriched lessons mapped to curriculum goals and state standards.
The Global Chalkboard is both flexible and easy to use. It offers a novice user immediate access to educational sites with the Web Library; it offers an intermediate user prepackaged, ready-to-use BASCOM lessons; and it offers an advanced user a method of building their own, web-based lessons using the Global Chalkboard's Lesson Creator.
BASCOM Global Internet Services, Inc. is a software development company specializing in curriculum-based, Internet management solutions for K-12 schools. From our beginning in 1996, BASCOM has focused on producing, next-generation, curriculum tools for the K-12 education market.
BASCOM's goal is to help children become successful learners by safely extracting the educational content of the Web. This is accomplished by building Internet teaching tools based on input we've received from K-12 educators. We are constantly adapting our products to meet the changing needs of today's teachers.
BASCOM is a privately held company located in Hauppauge, New York. For more information, visit www.bascom.com