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Local Teachers Using Internet to Teach Science

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RALEIGH — A new study shows U.S. students are having a tough time with science classes. A third of students in the fourth grade or higher lack a basicunderstanding of science.

North Carolina's students rank below the national average. The study shows44 percent of eighth graders in public schools tested below the basic level in science classes. Across the country, the figure is 40 percent.

Local teachers are using the World Wide Web to turn the numbers around.The web can provide all kinds of information and it's also a medium morestudents are familiar with.

"We are trying to show them how to use the web in the science classroomto try to enhance how science is taught using the web," said Lisa Grable,instructor.

The teachers find science web sites to use in the classroom, write webpages and build study guides that match the science curriculum at theirschools. For 8th grade teacher Barbra Magee it's a chance to get morefamiliar with the web.

The teachers are also learning how to encourage their students to use theweb as an educational source and to take advantage of the informationthat's right at their fingertips.

Teachers that already have web access in the classroom are learning howto better utilize it and educators waiting for their classrooms to getwired are getting a jump start on the future.

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