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     Common Ground:

     A Cross-cultural

     Self-directed Learner‘s

     Internet Guide

     Individual and Community

     Self-publishing and Self-sufficiency


     Common Ground:

     A Cross-cultural

     Self-directed Learner‘s

     Internet Guide

     Dedicated to those good-hearted individuals who would

     lend their wings to others through sharing the love of learning.

     By Frank Odasz

     This entire guide is ONLINE!


    Use of This Guide for Trainers, and for Fund-raising

    This guide is specifically intended to be used as a customizable resource for citizens helping citizens to understand how to realize their own full potential using Internet tools and resources. You're invited to customize any part of this guide, and the matching web pages, to make them more relevant for your local community and culture, ideally with URL's of local examples of web innovations and home-based Ecommerce businesses!

    The entire 143 page word-processing file (WORD '97 format) of this guide is available for downloading from a link listed at the top of the online table of contents: http://lone- . You‟ll find it most convenient to click through the links while reading the online version.

    Related guides, resources, articles, grant templates, and online courses, including the "Good Neighbor's Guide to Community Networking," many Native American

    resources, Spanish Language Educational Web Sites, three online courses and much more are listed at and .

    Distribution of this document as a fund-raising opportunity for non-profits, schools and community projects is specifically encouraged, though written permission is required for any for-profit use of this document. For example, this guide might be customized to be most appropriate for Native American self-empowerment training, and sold at the Taos Pueblo as the "Taos Pueblo Self-Directed Learner's Internet Guide!"

    Professionally printed copies are available for $15 each, plus $2.00 shipping. Custom printings can include title pages with your community, school, or project's name in the title and are available in batches of 100 copies or more, at no extra cost. Printed copies are less than 1/2 inch thick and are much easier to handle than 143 loose printed pages.

All material in Common Ground: A Cross-cultural Self-directed Learner‟s Internet Guide

    not specifically identified as being reprinted from another source is copyrighted March 2002 ; by Frank Odasz. You have permission to make copies for your own non-profit

    classroom or community use. You may not distribute, copy, or otherwise reproduce any of this book for sale or for commercial use without written permission from the author.

    To inquire regarding Internet empowerment training for your school, district, community, or organization, or to request copies, special printings, or reprint permission, contact Frank Odasz, . The printing options,

    costs, and workshop information are detailed at .

    Lone Eagle Consulting 2200 Rebich lane Web: Dillon, Montana 59725 Phone/Fax: 406-683-6270



    About This Guide 1

     Unprecedented Self-empowerment Potential 1

     Cross-Cultural Emphasis 3

Preparation for Getting Online 4

     How to Get Your Own Home Computer or Laptop 4

     How to Get Your Own Local Internet Access Account 4

     Build on the Best Resources Available 5

     The Special Mindset for Success 5

     Computer Literacy Primer 6

     How Computers Can Help Build Community 6

     Key Issues for Youth Using the Internet 8

Four Fundamental Historical Firsts 10

     A Step-By-Step Guide to Self-Empowerment 11

     The Four Levels of Internet Self-Empowerment 11


    The Power of a Self-Directed Learner 12

     Quickstart Awareness Activities 13

     Gearing Up with Free Web Tools 14

     Master Web-Browsing 15

     Checklist Activity: Browsing and Cut and Paste Basics 16

     The Internet Style of Learning Essay 18

    Quick Web Tours 21

     Must-See Fun Web Tour 21

     General Family Health Care Web Tour 22

     Parenting and Child Safety Web Tour 23

     Kid's Web Tour 25

     Student Research Tools Web Tour 26

     Preschool and Primary Web Tour 28

     Adult Literacy Web Tour 29

     Free Learning and Other Freebies Web Tour 30


     General Educational Web Tour 31

     Teachers' Tools Web Tour 33

Internet Searching Basics - Checklist Activity 36

     Creating Your Own Web Tours 38

     Great Searching Tutorials and Search Engines to Explore 39


    The Power of Self-Publishing, Globally 40

     Web Authoring Quickstart Awareness Activities 40

     Creating a Web Page with Netscape Communicator 42

     Creating a Resources Web Page with HTML 43

     Easiest Web Page Authoring Resources 44

     Advanced Web Page Authoring Resources 44

     Instructional Web Authoring 46

     HTML Web Authoring Tutorials 50

     Free Web Collaboration Tools 51

     Best Free Software Sites 52

Eight Levels of Web-Based Self-Expression 53

     Text Files 53

     Active Hyperlinks 53

     Image Files 53

     Audio Files 54

     Video Files 55

     Animation Files 55

     Virtual Reality Markup Language (VRML) Files 56

     CGI Data-handling programmed Files 57


    The Power of Building Learning Communities

    Through Internet Collaboration, Mentoring, and Teaching 58

     Quickstart Awareness Activities 59

     Distance Learning Key Issues 60

     Online Mentorship Key Issues 60

     Mentoring Models and Resources 61

     K-12 Projects Web Tour 64

     Building Individual and Community Collaborative Capacity 61


     Resources for Designing Collaborative Projects 70

Building Cultural Learning Communities 71

     Culturally Appropriate Ecommerce 71

     Cultural Entrepreneurship and Crafts Marketing 72

     Multi-cultural Resources and K-12 Projects 73

     Cultural Survival Resources 75

     Global Development Resource Organizations 76

     Alaskan Native Innovations Web Tour 78

The Ten Top Internet Collaborative Tools 79

     1. Email 79

     2. Listservs - Mailing Lists 80

     3. Newsgroups 82

     4. BBS's - Bulletin Board Systems 82

     5. Web-conferencing 82

     6. Internet Relay Chat (IRC) - Instant Messaging 83

     7. MUDS/MOOS 83

     8. Iphone and Internet Radio 84

     9. Desktop Video Conferencing 85

     10. VRML Chat Systems 85

Online Courses and Learning Pathways 86

     A Highly Recommended First Online Course 86

     Courses on Creating Your Own Online Courses 86

     Culture Specific and Citizen-Created Courses 87

     Online Course Sources for Professional Development 87

     Distance Learning Clearinghouses and Virtual Universities 89


    The Power of Citizenship and Enlightened

    Expectations - Public Problem-solving, Learning-to-Earn and

    Electronic Democracy 91

     Quickstart Awareness Activities 92

     Building Learning Communities Web Tour 93

     Ecommerce Start-up Training Resources Web Tour 94

     Community Network Planning Guides 98

     Community Network Models 99

     Electronic Democracy WebTour 100


     Federal Government Resources 101

     Community Networking; Leveraging the Public Good

     Electronically 102

     Innovation Diffusion -Looking at the Process of Change 108

     Grantwriting Tips and Funding Sources 113

Train the Trainers Resources - Everyone a Teacher 118

     Use of This Guide for Trainers 118

     Hosting An Ideal Community Workshop 119

     Leading with Digital Art, Music and Photography to

     Promote Gender Equity and Broadest Interest 119

     Workshop Presentation Tools and Resources 119

     A Youth-Based Community Internet Workshop 119

     Digital Storytelling to Raise Awareness 120

     Internet Training Resources 123

K-100 Essential Resources 125

     School Technology Planning Guidelines 126

     Media and Visual Literacy 127

     Authorized Usage Policies 127

     Copyright Guidelines 128

K-100 Topical Web Tours 129

     Math Web Tour 129

     Science Web Tour 130

     English Web Tour 131

     Arts Web Tour 132

     Foreign Language Web Tour 133

     Social Studies Web Tour 134

     Internet History Web Tour 135

K-100 BEST Curriculum Resources 136

     School and Community Internet Collaborative Services 139

     Curriculum Integration Resources 139

     State and Multi-state Curriculum Standards 139

     Lesson Plans Archives 140

     Online K-100 Courses 141

     Home-schooling Resources 143


     Common Ground - A Cross-cultural Self-directed Learner's Internet Guide

    About This Guide

    CONTEXT: Unprecedented Self-empowerment Potential

    This guide is a fast-track learning tool to help you use the Internet to learn whatever you need to know, on an ongoing basis. Your expectations of what you are capable of will grow best through direct hands-on learning, following those topics of greatest interest to you. Throughout human history, we‟ve struggled with barriers to learning and sharing information. Today, suddenly, we have unprecedented power, which we‟ve yet to recognize fully.

    Using this guide, you‟ll learn to access specific information within seconds of having the need. You‟ll learn to create online learning experiences for others, to collaborate in many new and powerful ways, and to self-publish your own ideas using multimedia web pages.

    As we first empower ourselves, and then our families, communities, and cultures, it will become overwhelming clear that there exists no upward limit to the number of people one individual can impact positively, worldwide. By sharing what we each learn, we‟ll all have access to all our joint knowledge. In an ideal world, we‟d all save each other great amounts of time by broadly sharing the best of what we learn.

    Over the next fifteen years, many of the six billion people on the planet, represented by over 15,000 cultures, will receive the opportunity to access the Internet through new satellite and wireless technologies. What they will find, and whether it‟s supportive of their families and cultures, may ultimately be, in part, up to you.

    Through the Internet, we‟re all both learners and teachers, all the time. The interactive Internet offers everyone unlimited opportunity unprecedented in human history. We need to open ourselves to learning new ways of thinking in order to do what needs to be done for ourselves, our families, communities, and cultures.

    As each of us learns to become a Lone Eagle - a self-directed

    learner - we‟ll be better able to join with other Lone Eagles to build learning communities in very powerful ways. However, there is a real responsibility that comes with this new power you‟ll find at your fingertips. You alone must decide what you believe about

    1 Frank Odasz Email: Lone Eagle Consulting http://lone-

     Common Ground - A Cross-cultural Self-directed Learner's Internet Guide your responsibility to help others. There is great honor in helping others, and the temptation to put personal gain before this honor. For any community, culture, or country, to reach its full potential, the full potential of each citizen must be realized. This guide is intended to be used as a “train-the-trainers” resource to help

    others learn to become self-directed learners, and then to build learning communities.

    As citizens, teachers, and parents, we must learn to teach our youth to become self-sufficient learners...if they are to fly free above the turmoil of the accelerating rate of change in our modern world. As we all learn to instruct others online, with measurable success, the door of unlimited global opportunities opens ever wider. The specific goal of this

    guide is to allow you to

    leapfrog ahead to the best

    the Internet has to offer,

    with the least amount of

    time and effort. This

    guide presents hands-on

    exercises ranging from

    general overviews to in-depth exploration. As new, more powerful web tools evolve, this “online” guide will add them as simply and efficiently as possible.

    This Guide presents four successive levels of self-empowerment Level One: Becoming a Self-Directed Learner:

    The reality of our fast-changing world requires that we all acquire “just-in-time” self-directed learning skills such that we can learn what we need, independently, whenever necessary.

    Level Two: Self-

    Publishing Globally

    If we all share what we

    learn, we‟ll all have

    access to all our joint


    Level Three: Building

    Learning Communities Through Mentoring

    and Collaboration

    Community is the sum of what we give to each other, and we now can teach anything to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

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     Common Ground - A Cross-cultural Self-directed Learner's Internet Guide

    Level Four: Global Citizenship and Enlightened Expectations

    Public problem-solving, learning-to-earn, and electronic

    democracy hold our greatest individual and community benefits!

    This entire guide can be found on the web at

    Cross-cultural Emphasis

    The “cross-cultural” intent of this guide is to emphasize the

    potential individual and community benefits the Internet offers to

    all cultures. As expectations increase with experience, many will

    not understand what the Internet offers them until they establish

    their own hands-on experience and begin to see for themselves

    what they are capable of using the Internet‟s unlimited potential.

    This guide is written for all cultures in celebration of the cultural

    heritage of humankind. This shared heritage is no less than the

    story of the history of humankind‟s search for self-identity and

    meaningful community. It is important that we all work together to

    preserve and document all world cultures, particularly the

    knowledge of our elders, before the opportunity is lost forever.

    We‟re all learning that it is indeed possible to maintain one‟s own

    cultural traditions while becoming a true global citizen, skilled in

    information retrieval and tolerant of the diversity of all human

    cultures and beliefs. Cultures must change in order to survive, as

    they always have. As already stated, with the power the Internet

    brings to your fingertips, perhaps comes also a responsibility to

    help others. One cannot deny that the potential for any

    individual, or community, to impact vast numbers of people

    via the Internet is very, very, real.

    For more about cultural empowerment, read Culture Club at and page 71 of this guide.

    Acknowledgements: This guide reflects lessons learned directly from working with, and listening to, Alaskan Natives, Native Americans, Migrant educators, Hawaiians, Texans, and many other diverse citizens and communities. The goal of this guide is to teach how people can best support one another using these new technologies, combining caring and connectivity with common sense.

    Inspiration for this guide comes from my parents, Frank and Joanne, who tirelessly encouraged learning and lovingly instilled the desire to help others as represented throughout this guide.

Author‟s background information -

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