quickandeasy Dr. Subach
Camelback High School Grant Facilitator/Computer Technology/Science
Learning to use the Internet is easy and fun.  There are just a few basic ideas which you will have to know. You can enjoy learning by doing.  This is a practice makes perfect activity. Many of the activities you will be trying, you might already know.  Feel free to move at your own pace and travel to other sites.

STEP #1. Learning the Basics.  Examine Internet 101.  This site will provide you with general information about the Internet and how it is organized. I have made this easy for you.  Just click on the links below and you will be taken to the web site.  Note:  the use of URL's (address for sites).(Internet 101)

STEP #2.  Look at home page (URL is given) of the two most popular browsers on the WEB.  These are Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer.  Then click on the Global Connections home page and see what is available to you. This site has many options that can be used by teachers, from testing to developing slide shows.  Click on Teacher Ideas and look at the M.E.D.I.A. Server.  This will allow you to make unusual slides shows.  For more ideas,  go to Surweb and click on that collection.

STEP #3. Hyperlinks can be pictures, sounds or words that take you to a new location. Click on the URL for the San Diego Zoo. You will see a site that has events listed. Place the pointer on the word Condor Ridge. Notice it changes to a hand. This means you have a link to more information. Click on the link. You will go to a page that gives you information about this exhibit.  Do you see More about the California Condor. Place the cursor on it and click. Where did you go?

STEP #4  Web indexes are Web sites that are made up of hyperlinks to other Web sites. It is a good way to move around the Web when you are surfing. Yahoo is a good index for adults.  Click on the URL for Yahoo.  This will bring up a screen that lists many different subjects. You can work your way through this list to a topic by clicking and loading until you find what you want.  The one problem you have when you deal with kids is that many of these sites may not be acceptable due to their content.  Yahoo maintains a site that is suitable for kids.  Click on Yahooligans.  It is an index also but the material has been screened.  This is not to say that it is completely safe but the material is less likely to be offensive.

STEP #5  Search engines will search the Web to find sites that contain certain words which you provide. Some of the search engines have their own indexes. Among the most common search engines are WebCrawler, Alta Vista, Infoseek and Excite. Excite will search the entire Web for key words and return a list of sites that contain the words you are looking for.

STEP #6  Email is a way to get in contact with your friends, collegues and to ask questions.  In many cases, you will have an email address for the person you wish to contact.  If you do not, then you can use places like Bigfoot or the Internet Address Finder to locate them.
Click on Bigfoot or Internet Address Finder and locate a friend.

STEP #7  Locating sofware online is easy.  Generally you have freeware( sofware that you can download and use without paying for it) or shareware (try it before you buy it). As with anything you download off of the net to your computer, have a good up to date virus protection program.   Click on Download.com or ZDNet Software Library. The Happy Puppy is a cute site.  Look at what is available.  The only challenge you have if you are not a Windows platform is the limited supply for MACs.

STEP #8  The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is an organization developed to help teachers use technology in the classroom. If you examine the resources ( See ISTE/resourcs), you will find a number of links to resources that will help. Click on one of the links.

STEP#9  SuperKids is a web site for parents and teachers that provides you with tools to use.  Click on the SuperKids URL.  Then link to educational tools. Look at the Math, Vocabulary Builders and Logic sections.

STEP #10  The ThinkQuest projects, built by high school and junior high kids, are generally outstanding.  Generally the teams are composed of kids from different parts of the world who work together to solve a problem. Any ThinkQuest project on the Internet has been very very good.  Click on the ThinkQuest link.

STEP #11  WebQuests are an important way for students to learn to think and organize material.  There are a number of locations that have compeleted projects on the web.  Perhaps the best place to start is with WebQuest Collections.  Click on this site.  It will provide you with links to many projects.  Here in Arizona,  Dr. Alice Cristie has had her students produce a number of WebQuests for all disciplins and grades.  Click on her web site.

STEP #12  Perhaps the longest standing and best recognized source of material for teachers is Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators.  She has categorized sites that are useful for curriculum and professional growth.  Importantly,  this site is updated routinely.  Click on the link.  Choose a topic which will help you.

STEP #13 Teachers at Camelback have learned to use a program called Filamentality that is hosted by Pacific Bell.  By using the templates: Math, ESL, Social Studies, and Business have published lessons on the WEB.  To look at the template, click on the Filamentality URL.  To examine the lessons done by H. Steiner, M. Muir, J. Bourdo and J. Eisenberg; click on the links that have their names.

STEP #14  Quia is an easy templete to use.  Click on the Quia link to view it.  This page was created by Quia.  Click on Web lessons done by  J. Hernandez and M. Subach to see what can be done.
My Quia activities and quizzes
The Internet: Quick and Easy
Choose your game and see if you understand Internet 101 basic terms.
Acids, Bases and pH
A look at a Jumbled Words Game
Atomic Structure Review
A look at a simple quiz
Useful links
Last updated  2008/09/28 08:13:29 PDTHits  564