Internet Basics For Seniors (Slideshare Edition)
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5

Like this? Share it with your network


Internet Basics For Seniors (Slideshare Edition)

Uploaded on

My Internet Basics for Seniors workshop. This version has the graphics turned down version to keep compatibility with SlideShare

My Internet Basics for Seniors workshop. This version has the graphics turned down version to keep compatibility with SlideShare

More in: Technology , Education
  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
    Be the first to comment
No Downloads


Total Views
On Slideshare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds



Embeds 86 63 19 4

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

    No notes for slide


  • 1. INTERNET BASICS FOR SENIORS Presented by Richard Merino & Keith McVean
  • 2. Welcome!
    • The Internet is a powerful, all though sometimes intimidating, tool for research, communication, and more. Today Richard and I are going to take you through the basics of using the Internet.
  • 3. Before We Begin…
    • Please note that I’ve all ready booked the computers for everybody here today. Normally you need your library card to use an of the Internet terminals
    • If you want to book an Internet terminal and aren’t sure how just ask at the reference desk and we’ll happily show you how
  • 4. What We’re Covering
    • Basic Description of the Internet
    • How to use a keyboard and mouse
    • What an Internet browser is and how to use it
    • How to visit a website you know
    • How to find websites you don’t know
    • How to use the Mississauga Library’s website
  • 5. What We’re Not Covering
    • How to use website “x”
    • How to fix your computer
  • 6. Note
    • Your screen may look different than what is shown in these handouts
    • The pictures are shown as they most likely appear on your computer at home
    • Different operating systems, Internet browsers, and customizations all can change the way your screen may look
  • 7. Quick Survey
    • Has anybody not used a keyboard and mouse?
    • Has anybody used the Internet?
    • Do any of you have the Internet at home?
  • 8. Using Your Mouse
    • To move your cursor (the arrow on the screen) you move your mouse. This is how you navigate the screen
    • Most mice have two buttons – a left button and a right button
    • 99% of the time you will be using the left button
  • 9. What is the Internet?
    • The Internet is a worldwide, publically accessible series of interconnected computer networks
  • 10. How Do You Get On The Internet?
    • You need three items to get on the Internet:
      • A computer to surf the Internet with
      • An Internet Service Provider (ISP) to provide access to the Internet
      • A modem or router to hook up your computer to the Internet via the ISP
  • 11. Also Recommended( ! )
    • While not technically necessary it is highly recommended your computer also have the following when hooked up to the Internet:
      • Anti-virus Software
      • Firewall
      • Anti-Spyware Software
      • Latest Updates To Your Operating System
    • Your Internet Service Provider may be able to help with these
  • 12. How Do You Surf The Internet?
    • First you start your Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Safari, etc.)
    • If you know where you want to go then enter the address in the Internet browser
    • If you don’t know where you want to go then you go to a search engine, perform a search, and then go to the website
  • 13. Starting Your Internet Browser Via The Start Menu Via The Desktop Or
  • 14. Visiting A Known Website
    • If you know the address of the website you want to visit (i.e. ) you type it in the address bar and click on the button
    Type In Address Here And Click Here
  • 15. Visiting An Unknown Website (1/2)
    • Go to a search engine – a web page that helps you find websites. Google ( ) is the most popular
    • Enter into the search box what you want to search for and click search
    Type In What You’re Searching For Here And Then Click Here
  • 16. Visiting An Unknown Website (2/2)
    • After you click search the search engine will display your results
    • It may take several searches to find what you’re looking for
    • The more keywords you search with the better the results
  • 17. Searching For Known Websites
    • Don’t waste your time searching for a website you all ready know the address to (i.e. no searches for “ ”)
    • Not all websites are in search engines
    • The Internet is more than websites
  • 18. Surfing Websites
    • Visit the Mississauga Library Site. The address is:
    • Once there click (left mouse button) on the Library Catalogue picture in the top right hand corner
    • This will bring you to our online catalogue
    • This is the same catalogue you can use in the library
  • 19. Online Catalogue
    • The online catalogue allows us to do research, find material, place holds, and check your hold list or items you have out
  • 20. Drop Down Boxes
    • Sometimes on the Internet you are provided with a choice of items (shown right)
    • Click on the down arrow which results in all the options appearing and the list of options will appear
    • Click the ESC key if you don’t want to select anything
  • 21. Links (1/2)
    • Links are ways to move from one webpage to another
    • Links are usually text that is underlined and in a different colour than the rest of the text
    • If a cursor is brought over a link the cursor will change
  • 22. Links (2/2)
    • Click on the Research Resources
    • Then the Find Articles And More Links
  • 23. Scrolling
    • Sometimes a webpage is too long to fit on the screen. When this happens we need to “scroll”
    • You can scroll by:
      • Clicking the arrows on the right hand of the screen
      • Clicking and dragging the bar on the right hand of the screen
      • Rolling the scroll wheel
    • Try scrolling down now
  • 24. Back and Forth
    • You may move back and forth between all the pages by using the back and forward buttons
    • The back and forward buttons always appear as arrows pointing left (back) or right (forward)
    • Let’s go back to the Online Catalogue by pressing the back button and then forward to this page
  • 25. Bookmarks / Favorites
    • Bookmarks (sometimes called favorites) are ways to save where you have been on the Internet for later viewing
    • To save a site either click the add to favorites or bookmark this page button
    • To visit a website click on the bookmark or favorite of your choice
  • 26. Explore
    • You now have the basic skills to navigate your way through a web page
    • Explore the library’s web page and see what you can find
    • We’ve included a couple of websites that may be of interest to start your exploring if you’re not sure where else you would like to go
  • 27. City of Mississauga
    • Learn about what’s happening in the city including the library
  • 28. CBC
    • Find programming information, additional material to radio / television shows, or simply the news
  • 29. Please fill out our workshop evaluation sheets