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Internet basics for seniors

  1. 1. For Beginners Horicon Public Library
  2. 2. <ul><li>Overview of the Internet & the World Wide Web </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Explorer </li></ul><ul><li>Practice - Web Basics from AARP </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Search Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Library Website and Catalog </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>A Worldwide network of computer networks using TCP/IP protocol </li></ul>Server Client
  4. 4. <ul><li>1. Search for and view information on the World Wide Web </li></ul><ul><li>2. Send e-mail </li></ul><ul><li>3. Join social networks, electronic discussion groups (Listservs), blogs, or newsgroups </li></ul><ul><li>4. Download information from remote computers to your computer (via the World Wide Web or FTP) </li></ul><ul><li>5. Make Web pages to share information with others </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Internet: a network of computers and cables using TCP/IP </li></ul><ul><li>World Wide Web: A global hypertext information system that uses the Internet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Like a big book of pages, but the pages are on different computers all over the world </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hypertext links on each page connect to other pages </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>1. All Web pages are written in the same language: HTML. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Every page has its own Web address (URL). </li></ul><ul><li>3. Hypertext links one Web page to another. </li></ul><ul><li>4. A browser (Firefox or Internet Explorer) gives point and click access . </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>No one owns or manages the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone can publish a page on the Internet and appear to be an expert on anything </li></ul><ul><li>It can be used to communicate with people in the world and find information </li></ul><ul><li>Information can be inaccurate or out of date </li></ul><ul><li>Not everything can be found on the Internet </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>hypertext domain pathway filename </li></ul><ul><li>transfer </li></ul><ul><li>protocol </li></ul><ul><li>(https:// --for secure sites) Look for little yellow lock when transmitting sensitive information like credit card numbers. </li></ul><ul><li>Domains: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>.com (commercial) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>. gov (government) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.org (non-profit organization) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.edu (educational institution) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.mil (military) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.net (network) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>other countries: .ca (Canada), .au (Australia), etc. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Practice using the web at </li></ul><ul><li>There are 7 lessons, each made up of a series of short steps. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding Basics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Title, Menu, and Tool Bars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Addresses/Address Bar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Navigating Web Pages and Web Sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Printing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding Things </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Handling Common Problems </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Search Engines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spiders or robots continually search the Web for new pages, indexing words on each Web page and noting changes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Search Directories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sites are indexed according to subject by computer or by humans </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hits are results received from using a Search Tool </li></ul><ul><li>No Search Tool searches everything on the web </li></ul><ul><ul><li>. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Sites are chosen by keywords </li></ul><ul><li>( ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can search using sentences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sample search </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Where can I find recipes for diabetics? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>( ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search using only the most important words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sample search </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recipes diabetic </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Sites are categorized by subject </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian’s Internet Index ( ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sites selected by librarians </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Yahoo ( ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sites selected by computer </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Horicon Public Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Catalog, events, links, library resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Library Catalog </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search for items, place holds, review your account, and renew materials </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>The Internet is a great place to find information, but not all information is available, nor is it reliable. </li></ul><ul><li>Using buttons on the Internet Explorer toolbar will help you navigate the web. </li></ul><ul><li>Internet addresses or URLs need to be entered accurately to take you to the web site you want. </li></ul><ul><li>Using search tools effectively will help you find the information you are seeking. </li></ul><ul><li>Print Preview will show you in advance how many pages are in a document so that you can print only what you want. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Credits <ul><li>Our thanks to: </li></ul><ul><li>CLIC on Health: Christine DeGolyer and Linda Phillips - </li></ul><ul><li>Fond du Lac Public Library - </li></ul><ul><li>Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System and Steve Platteter for the mobile lab </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks to the Theresa Public Library for creating this slideshow! </li></ul>