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alt.whatare.newsgroups?

alt.arethey.useful? You may have seen a string like one of these....

alt.somethingorother.younameit


This is another type of address used on the internet, to identify one of many "newsgroups," which are accessible if you use an internet service that gives you access. Most commercial providers (like MSN, ATT, AOL etc.) do give you some way to "read" newsgroups.

These are like giant bulletin boards where people post information, questions, programs, pictures, sounds guitar tabulatures, fan-musings, and just about anything else you can think of! They are part of what is called "Usenet" and have been around for a long time-- long before webbrowsing was the rage.

They are well worth a look, and can be quite useful if you take the time to learn a little about them. They can put you in touch with people from around the world who share your particular interest, question, or concern about nearly anything.....

bulletTeachers looking for other teachers to share class projects around the world...
bulletStudents looking for homework help....
bulletAnyone looking for leads on genealogical sources to do your family tree...
bulletA guitar enthusiast, looking for the latest tabs for a "No Doubt" song...
bulletA researcher looking for a hot debate about the "Piltdown Hoax"...
bulletA computer user looking for the answer to a nagging software problem...
bulletA concerned citizen looking for up-to-the-minute information about the latest news from another part of the world...
bulletAnd so much more.....!

One way to find out about these is:

bulletto see if your provider gives you access to them,
bulletand if so, see if there is any kind of tutorial...
bulletthen, "play around with it!"

Otherwise, there are also places to find smaller lists... of the newsgroups with more specific focus...
For example, in education:

bulletK-12 newsgroups:
bulletOne such list...

Newsgoups that are more specifically focused in anthropology and sociology can be found at the following sites:

bulletAnthropology Newsgroups...
bulletSociology Newsgroups...
bullet 

Please note:

All of these are lists of newsgroups, not the newsgroups themselves. You will only be able to access them if your internet service provider offers it as part of their service...

For general information about Newsgroups (maybe more information than you care to know) you can view the online "Big Dummy's Guide to Usenet Newgroups"....

Another great resource for using newsgroups is a service  previously called "DejaNews," and now is a feature of google.com  It gives a search-page connection where you can search all newsgroups for topics and discussions of interest. It can be found at http://groups.google.com/ Have fun with it!

Finally, there is at least one place on the internet (...at least one) that links people with one another who have concerns about k-12 education. It is called "Classroom Connect" ... and is for teachers and parents alike...

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