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Internet Guidebooks

Listed on this page are guidebooks and resources which can assist teachers to learn more about the Internet. Most of the resources on this page are for novices, but there are a some that even advanced users would find helpfull.

These resources have a TECHNICAL focus. They will NOT provide teachers with PEDAGOGICAL information on how to use the Internet in their classrooms. This type of information can be found under the CLN Main Menu pick Integrate the Internet into the Classroom

Beginners Central
Their purpose is: "to walk you through your beginning steps on the internet, help show you how and where to find information that you can actually use instead of being overwhelmed by thousands of bits and pieces of information that you don't need."

Beginner's Guide to Effective Email
The author of this site writes: "I wrote this document to try to help people to write better email. This is not a document on the mechanics of sending email, but instead focuses on the content of email: how to say what you need to say."

BCK2SKOL Lessons
These 32 lessons about the Internet were intended for librarians with little or no net experience. Topics include many topics that may now be low priority (e.g., gopher, telnet, archie, ftp); however, there are also lessons on Netiquette, history of the Net, WWW, and quite a few lessons on searching.

Creating Web Pages (Introductory Level) Theme Page
Creating Web Pages (Advanced Level) Theme Page
These CLN "Theme Pages" have links to two types of resources related to the study of Creating Web Pages. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.

Glossary of Internet Terms
Useful, easy to access index that can help in deciphering Internet jargon and acronyms.

[The] Help Web
Intended for beginners, this guide provides information on e-mail, the World Wide Web, FTP, and News. Included as well are sections on common concerns (e.g., spam, fraud, children and the Internet), computer jargon, and a history of the Internet.

Internet Help Desk
The Internet Help Desk is a free service for both beginner and advanced Internet users. Included are software tools and advice.

Internet Primer
wNetStation, a public television station in New York, provides this Internet primer for K-12 teachers who are new to the web. The web materials are selections from a classroom kit (purchasable) but there is still plenty of accessible information.

Internet Resources
A meta-list of resources about the Internet. Contents on this page range from Internet guides to collected search engines. The page manager also offers his opinion on which sites are exemplary.

Internet Tutorials
The University of Albany Libraries has a wide selection of resources for beginners, including tutorials on what the Internet is, how to connect to the Internet, how to use various Internet software browsers, and how to search on the Internet.

[The] Java (tm) Boutique
"Java" is a programming language which allows animation to be included on web documents. This site contains a collection of working, downloadable Java Applets. Included are their source codes and instructions on how to use them. This resource is for advanced users only.

K-5 CyberTrail
A tutorial for elementary teachers who are new to the Internet, the K-5 CyberTrail features elementary schools on the Web on the "Tenderfoot Trail", and curriculum resources for elementary educators on the "Explorer Trail".

Learn the Net
Intended for web novices, this site has tutorials, "ask the expert" forums, FAQs and more.... all written in easy-to-understand English (as well as German, Italian, French and Spanish). Learn about the following aspects to the web: Internet Basics, World Wide Web, E-mail, Newsgroups, Conferencing, Digging for Data, Doing Business, Web Publishing, and Multimedia.

Netiquette
This collection of links to Netiquette rules is from PBS' Beginner's Guide to Understanding and Using the Internet (which you may also find useful).

Newbie Net
A site dedicated to helping new users ("Newbies") become knowledgeable users. Resources include an on-line course, WWW information pages, and a listserv.

Odyssey Courses
"The purpose of this site is to guide K-12 educators who are learning to search the Internet for resources having the potential to transform the curriculum." Several online courses are available: Introduction to the Internet; web page construction; technology leadership for educators, and curriculum integration workshops.

Self-Directed Learning Resources
This section of the Big Sky Telegraph site serves as a meta-list to Internet training resources. Categories of resources include "New Internet Users Resources", "Free Internet Lessons", "Internet Training Resources", "Topical Online Training Resources" and "Distance Learning/Virtual Universities".

Technology Coordinators Resource Centre
This page has info that is of interest to technology coordinators, from how to install a 56k line, to tech related humor.

Web Teacher
Designed for teachers, this online tutorial offers both instruction and learning activities on the Web. The "Primer" is a condensed version of the tutorial and has introductory lessons for those just getting started. The full tutorial has chapters on web browsers, Internet addressing, navigation, electronic mail, Telnet, FTP, searching, image files, sound files, movie files, newsgroups, lists, chat groups, teleconferencing, distance learning, HTML, plus advanced topics. The contents of the tutorial are shown on a navigation bar which allows access to any section of the tutorial directly. Learning exercises, where available, are also easily located.

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