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New Web Site Brings High-Tech Edge to NC Classrooms

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MICRO — Teaching is easier and learning is more fun now that a new Web site is online.LEARN NCstands for "Learners and Educators Assistance Resource Network of North Carolina." UNC-Chapel Hill'sSchool of Educationoperates the Web site, and soon every school district in the state will use it.

Emmy Fitzgerald's Johnston County sixth grade social studies class doesn't check out as many library books these days. The new Internet resource helps them with reports. Students say the Internet is faster than looking up books in the library!

The Internet in schools isn't new... but a Web site that offers one stop shopping for students and teachers is. LEARN-NC offers lesson plans on most any topic taught in the state... reviewed, approved and certified by other teachers who've used them. Fitzgerald is excited about the new resource.

Listen toauorRealAudiofiles."Why reinvent the wheel when there is a perfectly good lesson plan on that computer on what I need or something to give me ideas."The site is operated through UNC-Chapel Hill. Chancellor Michael Hooker is on a tour around the state to meet the teachers and student's who'll use it.

Listen toauorRealAudiofiles."This is probably the most exciting thing I've done in my career because it connects the university to our future... I mean, these are the people that are in the pipeline to be our students. In the 21st century and if can improve the quality of their education now, we'll have better products to work with when they come to Carolina."

$1.4 million in state tax money partially funds the Web site.