These sites offer additional information on communications and technology.
The following books offer additional information and insights and are well worth the investment to include them in a classroom or school library collection. They offer teachers and students wonderful resources from which to gain more depth on coursework. Each of these is also at least partly available for free online at the links listed below.
"Imagining the Internet: Personalities, Predictions, Perspectives" (2005, Rowman & Littlefield) is a nifty round-up of communications history, new issues introduced in the Internet age and predictions about what may lie ahead. It looks at the future and past of pervasive networks of all kinds incorporating the stories of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, the Luddites, Socrates' opposition to the "technology" of writing, the Romantics, the Utopians, technorealists, and a projected battle between Cosmists and Terrans over a future in which artilects may dominate the galaxy. It shares concepts of such thinkers as Ithiel de Sola Pool, George Orwell, Marshall McLuhan, Vannevar Bush, Duncan Watts, Fritjof Capra, and Isaac Asimov while parsing the thoughts of Bill Gates, Nicholas Negroponte, John Perry Barlow, Bruce Sterling, Clifford Stoll, Al Gore, and dozens of other networked communications stakeholders and skeptics. For information and an excerpt go to: http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/publications.xhtml
"City of Bits"(1994) by William J. Mitchell. Written by the dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The traditional printing of this book was followed in the spring and summer of 1995 with a companion online issue - what was labeled as "the first full-text interactive book on the World Wide Web." It is one of the finest looks at what may be that was generated in this era. It is available for free online at: http://mitpress2.mit.edu/e-books/City_of_Bits/
"Being Digital"(1995) by Nicholas Negroponte. One of the high-visibility ambassadors of the Internet in the 1990s, Negroponte wrote and spoke in glowing terms of "being digital," seeing a glowing future for the world. The co-founder of MIT's Media Lab offered here an introduction to the possibilities of digital communication for the uninitiated. He had helped bankroll the start-up of Wired magazine in 1993, and his monthly column for that publication - considered the Rolling Stone of the technology age - forms the basis for this book, considered to be a classic predictive book about the potential of networking. Portions of the book are available for free at the site http://archives.obs-us.com/obs/english/books/nn/bdcont.htm. You can also freely access many writings by Negroponte on the Wired magazine archive site.