Internet Basics

About the Class:

This class is intended for individuals seeking a greater understanding of the Internet and how to effectively make use of the resources it provides.   The class will provide participants with an overview of Internet and search strategies and safety/security issues related to its use.  Internet terms such as browsers, domains, ISP’s, portals and search engines will be identified and discussed.

What You’ll Learn:

Upon completion of this class, participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of the history of the Internet.
  • Have an understanding of Internet hardware / access.
  • Differentiate between the terms Internet, intranet, and World Wide Web.
  • Define the following terms: http, URL, bookmark/favorite, browser, cookie, domain, html, ISP, portal and search engine.
  • List and identify the major domain types (com, edu, gov, mil, org).
  • Identify and use the features of a web browser, navigate, use menus, tool bars.
  • Explain in very general terms:
  • The structure of the Internet in terms of the role of networks and servers.
  • Role and significance of domain names.
  • Discuss Safety and Security issues related to internet use (including viruses).
  • Conduct basic searches, including how search engines work.
  • Download information from the Internet, including understanding the different file types associated with the Internet.
  • Define roles / uses of the Internet besides the searching the www.

What You Need to Know:

  • Basic keyboarding and mouse skills are recommended.

If you don’t have those skills, consider first taking the workshop: