Professional Growth
Internet Acess

Activity Four
UseNet - News Reader Setup and Use

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  • Internet Resources

  • Brief Description

        UseNet News Groups are an aspect of the Internet many people find helpful and fun. These groups are similar to discussion lists but don't require that you "join," the information disappears after a period of time, and they are generally available for browsing by anyone. The UseNet News groups are organized by categories and locations, and can be viewed from within Netscape Navigator or with other news-reader software. This activity describes how to browse UseNet groups from within Netscape Navigator as well as where to download other news reader programs.

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    Materials and Resources

        In developing our lessons and activities, we made some assumptions about the hardware and software that would be available in the classroom for teachers who visit the LETSNet Website. We assume that teachers using our Internet-based lessons or activities have a computer (PC or Macintosh) with the necessary hardware components (mouse, keyboard, and monitor) as well as software (operating system, TCP/IP software, networking or dial-up software, e-mail and a World Wide Web client program, preferably Netscape, but perhaps Mosaic or Lynx). In the section below, we specify any "special" hardware or software requirements for a lesson or activity (in addition to those described above) and the level of Internet access required to do the activity.

    1. Special hardware requirements: none.
    2. Special software requirements: none.
    3. Internet access: Medium-speed (28,800 BPS via phone) or High-speed (greater than 1 MBPS via network).
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    Activity Description

        Special interest groups have forums that are available on the Internet in the form of UseNet or news groups. These groups are similar to e-mail discussion groups, but don't require you to subscribe, the information disappears after a period of time, and you can browse the news groups at your leisure by selecting them from any news reader program. Netscape Navigator includes a news reader window that is easy to use and converts most news group file types automatically for viewing. In this activity, you will learn how to specify your news server within Netscape Navigator, how to open the news reader, how to navigate in the news groups, and how to download alternative news reader programs available on-line

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