Lesson One What is the Internet?
Lesson Two How does the Internet Work?
Lesson Three How do I find stuff on the Internet?
Lesson Four Practice what you've learned!
Lesson Five Internet Explorer Quick Tips
Lesson Six Internet Training Websites
What is the Internet?
The Internet is computers linked together to communicate with each other. The Internet was created in the 1960s by the Department of Defense. The World Wide Web and electronic mail (e-mail) are both part of the Internet.
What can I use the Internet for?
You can use the Internet to access information you are interested in. Some examples of things you can do on the Internet include viewing artwork, making travel reservations, finding maps and driving directions, finding telephone numbers, getting tax forms, shopping, and e-mailing your friends and relatives.
How do I get on the Internet?
You need the following items to get on the Internet:
How does the Internet work?
The World Wide Web refers to the part of the Internet that works through hyperlinks. When linked items are clicked on, you will go to another place on the same web page, another page, or another website altogether. Links can be text or graphics, and can occur anywhere on a page.
How do I know when something is a link?
Linked words are usually in another color and underlined. When the pointer changes to a little hand you know you are on a link. Both words and graphics can be links.
How do I get back to where I started?
Clicking the BACK button at the top of the Internet Explorer toolbar will take you back one page. Another way to get back to a previous page is to click on the downward facing arrow between the BACK and FORWARD buttons and click on the page you wish to return to. This drop down list shows you the webpages you have visited on your current session on the Internet. Another way to return to previously visited webpages is to check the History of sites visited.
To check Internet Explorer's History
What is the difference between a Webpage and a Website?
A webpage is a document on the Web. Webpages can include text, images, sound, and video. A website is a collection of webpages maintained by a company, university, individual, or government agency.
What is a Homepage?"
The homepage is the page that is set to be displayed each time you first use the browser or any time you click on the browser's HOME icon. Internet Service Providers initially set the browser to display their own homepage, but both Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator allow users to change to another homepage. Homepage is also the first page of a website.
To change Internet Explorer's Homepage
When is a webpage finished loading?
Webpages are loaded into your computer when you click on the links. They are finished loading when you see the word "Done" in the bottom left corner of the screen. Sometimes pages do not load. When this happens you can click the STOP button on the Internet Explorer toolbar to stop the current transaction. You can then click the BACK button to get back to your previous page. You may wish to try the page again later or go to another website.
How do I print what I see on the Internet?
There are several ways to print information from the Internet:
How do I find stuff on the Internet?
There are basically three ways to find stuff on the Internet:
What is a URL?
Each document on the Internet has an address called the URL. URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator. The URL is typed into the Address box located in the upper left corner of the Internet Explorer screen. Just type in the URL and hit the enter key to go to the website. A typical URL looks like this:
What are the parts of a URL?
The URL contains the computer name, directory name, and the name of the webpage.
Important: Type in the URL exactly as given!
Practice what you've learned
Delete the current address in the address box and type in the following new address exactly and press ENTER.
What is a Web Directory?
A web directory is a collection of selected human-reviewed websites, organized by subject or topic. There are many web directories. Librarian's Index to the Internet at www.lii.org, and Yahoo's Directory at http://dir.yahoo.com are two examples of web directories. Use the web directory to browse for the website or sites you are interested in.
What is a Search Engine?
A search engine is an automated program that uses "spiders" to search one or more documents for specified keywords and returns a list of web sites in which those keywords are found. To use a search engine you enter a key word or words in a search box and the spider searches for websites that contain those words. Google at www.google.com, AllTheWeb at www.alltheweb.com, and AltaVista at www.altavista.com are good examples of major search engines.
To learn more about how search engines work click here.
Important: Once you've found a website you will want to return to often, save it in your Favorite Places!Lesson Four
Practice what you've learned
To change Internet Explorer's Text Size (Back)
Click on VIEW on the Internet Explorer Menu Bar --> click on TEXT SIZE --> select the text size.
To check Internet Explorer's History (Back)
Click on FAVORITES CENTER (the gold star) on the Internet Explorer Toolbar --> select how you want to view the History list (by Date, Site, Most Visited, or Order Visited).
To change Internet Explorer's Homepage (Back)
Click on TOOLS on the Internet Explorer Menu Bar --> click on INTERNET OPTIONS --> click on GENERAL--> click on HOME PAGE. Enter the URL of the page you wish to have as your Homepage.
To add a website to Internet Explorer's Favorite Places (Back)
Click on FAVORITES in the Internet Explorer Menu Bar --> Add to Favorites (you must do this while you are on the web site you wish to save).
To go to a Favorite Place (Back)
Click on FAVORITES in the Internet Explorer Menu Bar --> click on the link to the web site you wish to visit.