Internet Basics For Seniors (Slideshare Edition)


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Internet Basics For Seniors (Slideshare Edition)

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