The Internet is a worldwide
system of computer networks. These networks allow users at any
computer to get access to information from another computer. The
Internet was started by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA)
of the U.S. government in 1969 and was first known as the ARPANET.
The original aim was to create a network that would allow users of
a research computer at one university to be able to "talk to"
research computers at other universities.
Today, the Internet is a public, and
accessible to hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Today many
users of the Internet us electronic mail instead of the Postal
Service to send messages. Using the Web, you have access to
millions of pages of information. Web browsing is done with a Web
browser, the most popular of which are Microsoft Internet Explorer
and Netscape Navigator. The World Wide Web can be a helpful place
to find information on certain topics. Two ways to locate
information are through the Internet Library and using a search
To understand search engines
To become familiar with Web sites addresses
To understand when sites are updated
To understand the meaning of the “World Wide Web”
To learn how to gain valuable facts from the Internet
Computer with Internet Access,
Internet Research Worksheet
Ask students to share what they know about the
Internet and the World Wide Web. Have a discussion about the
sites they have visited and what they have learned form their
Explain that the Web can be a helpful place to
find information on certain topics and that a Web site is a
place where groups of people share information and resources on
Ask the students how they would go about using
the Web to find information on a topic.
They could ask a teacher or librarian for the
addresses of Web sites that have that information.