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Ready-Set-Tech: Don’t Get Lost on the Web

Rosa Sampedro, Lorah Park Elementary, Miami, FL

Grade Level  3rd and Up
Subject Technology
Background 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 engine.


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

Materials Computer with Internet Access, Internet Research Worksheet
  1. 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 visits.   
  2. 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 the Internet.
  3. 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.
    • They could use the Internet Public Library, which is just like an ordinary library.
    • They could use a search engine.
  4.  Ask students to compile a list of topics they would like to find out more about. Write the topics on the chalkboard. The teacher can include topics of her own.
  5. Divide the class into groups. Allow students to research a topic of their choice.
  6. Encourage the groups to visit at least three Web sites while researching the topic.
  7. Groups should use the information they have found on their topic to prepare oral or written presentations to share with the class. Students are to document the addresses of the web sites they used.
  8. The teacher can start a class library of URLs, listed by topic. The library can take the form of a card file.
  • Have students launch a search engine. Have them type a topic of their choice.
  • Let them see how many sites meet the search.
  • Have them read the summary of each site. Notice when it was last updated.
  • Have students look at the size of the document.
  • Once students have found a site they like, they can begin researching. Use the Internet Research worksheet for students to fill out the information.  
Evaluation You can evaluate the students on their presentations using the following rubric.

3 points: topic thoroughly researched, at least three URLs, presentation was clear, interesting, and very well organized.
2 points: topic adequately researched, only two URLs cited, presentation satisfactorily organized and presented.
1 point: topic inadequately researched, only one URL cited, presentation poorly organized and presented.


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