Mark Wagner: Blast from the (Internet) past

Mark Wagner, owner of blog Educational Technology and Life, wrote a post recently on innovation past, present and future in which he goes back to educational technology papers written in 1995 and looks at what the authors said–and what he thinks is important today.
Yep, Mernit (that’s me) is the author of one of the papers.
A couple of old quotes–and Mark’s observations on them–caught my attention:
Mernit (1995), too, mentioned publishing, but this was at a time when she was amazed to announce that there were 1300 educational websites available; a Google search today for the phrase “educational web site” turns up about 286,000,000 hits! At the time Mernit was writing “Only one-fifth of one percent (0.2 percent) of the approximately 100,000 K-12 schools in the United States [had] enough network access to develop their own Web sites” – now such access is ubiquitous and almost universal. (California, for instance, has 73% of it’s schools not only connected to the internet, but to a high speed broadband network.) Mernit’s projections about where WWW publishing was going in 1995 seem spot on, in spirit, especially the suggesting that “the focus on multimedia and interactivity will increase” – even if she did not specifically foresee the read/write web that students have access to today.”
Mark has his own interesting comments on what he’d like to see emerge:
” With text based blogs already graduating to visual and audio content (consider and respectively), and with vodcasting (video on demand casting) already here, what I look forward to is students creating more and better multimedia content to contribute to the community through their own blogs, podcasts, and vodcasts.”
Mark, you’re going in my newsreader–please keep writing.