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  • Suggestion to use a different definition for this slide: “A large computer network linking smaller computer networks worldwide” from Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary .Old Definition: a network of computer networks that spans the globe.
  • This isn’t that important, but to have the slide more “visually” appealing, I suggest finding a different image for the person working at the computer. Actually the image is okay, but I think the person should be facing the other way (toward the center of the page), so the viewer’s eye isn’t taken off the page, but focused more on the rest of the information in the center. Does that make sense? I just remember from working on my high school yearbook and learning about the layouts for pages—you want your eye to be drawn toward the middle of the page rather than off the edge of the page.
  • This slide (#11) should swap places with slide #10 so that it comes before the first practice session. (AS, 6/28/06)

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  • Internet BasicsA class for people who are just getting started using the Internet
  • What We’ll Cover Today• What is the Internet?• How do I use the Internet?• What is key word searching using internet browsing software?• What is e-mail & www?• How do I evaluate the information I find?• Where can I learn more? 2
  • What is the Internet?• A large computer network linking smaller computer networks worldwide 3
  • What do I Need to Connect to the Internet ? + + Computer, Telephone,+ Internet Mouse & Cable, DSL Browser Service Modem or or Software Providernetwork card Wireless…
  • Why Use the Internet?• To search for Information on the World Wide Web• To use e-mail• The World Wide Web (www) and e-mail (user-name)@(provider) are two different Internet services! 5
  • What is E-mail?• Electronically sending messages from one computer to another.• Many websites, like Yahoo and Google, offer free Internet e-mail accounts.• Want to learn more? Take E-mail Basics 6
  • Websites and E-mail Use Addresses: E-mail addresses: Website addresses: jdoe@hclib.org www.hclib.org“at” sign for e-mail “World Wide Web” for websitesAddress that youuse to send Address that gets youelectronic messages to a website 7
  • Avoid Mistakes in the Address• Check for typos.• Include all periods, hyphens, underscores & back-slashes (/)• Leave no empty spaces. 8
  • Pop-up are advertisementsFind either the X or area toskip the pop-ups. 9
  • Internet Search EnginesWhat are they? • A search engine is programmed to search for websites using keywords and web addresses. • To do a search, you type in keywords that describe your topic such as recipes, investments or travel destinations. • Google and Yahoo! are two popular search engines 10
  • Internet Search EnginesDescriptions of search engines andweb addresses are easy to find at www.hclib.org 11
  • Hands-On Practice!Keyword Searching 12
  • Security Time for some good tips…If you shop online:• Look for the padlock. • Look for https.www (website address) this indicates a secure site. • Don’t enter personal information if you don’t know the site is secure. 13
  • Important Internet Facts• Anyone can publish information on the Internet.• You are responsible for evaluating the information you find. 14
  • “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog”Cartoon by Peter Steiner. The New Yorker, July 5, 1993 issue (Vol.69) p. 61. 15
  • Tips for Evaluating WebsitesAsk yourself these two questions:3. Who wrote or published the information?2. Is this author or publisher a reliable source of information? 16
  • Website Authors & Publishers Websites should tell you: • Who is the author or publisher • The author or publisher’s credentials Look for these kinds of links to find information about the web page author “Who we are” “Mission” “Contact us” “Philosophy” “About us” 17
  • Thanks for Attending• Practice what you’ve learned.• Have fun learning to use computers!• We will be happy to assist you. 18