Introduction to the World Wide Web
A Workshop for Teachers in the Peralta Community College
Introduction to the Internet and the World Wide Web
Please refer to your handout for concepts and examples.
Online World Wide Web Guides
- Understanding and Using the Internet. http://www.pbs.org/uti/begin.html
This PBS Beginners Guide provides a starting point for exploring the Internet.
- Understanding and Using the Internet: the World Wide Web. http://www.pbs.org/uti/guide/www.html
This part of the PBS Beginners Guide presents links to web search tools,
WWW guides, and fun ways to explore the web.
- Newbie U's Web Stadium http://www.newbie-u.com/web/
Catch a class Web Stadium. You'll learn the history of the WWW, what a
browser is and how to use one, and how to search the Web.
- All About the World Wide Web http://www.imaginarylandscape.com/helpweb/www/www.html
Topics include: An Overview of the World Wide Web, Finding Something On
The Web, A Consumer's Guide to Search Engines, Netscape Hints, Fun With
Multimedia On The Web, and Saving Pages for Future Reference.
- Learn the Net: World Wide Web http://www.learnthenet.com/english/section/www.html
This helpful site explains browsers, how the Web works, the anatomy
of Web pages and Web addresses. You'll also find information on searching,
Web chat, bookmarks, and 10 browsing tips.
- Internet Errors Explained http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Tech/Advisers/Error/
Not found. File contains no data. Frustrated? This c|net article provides
a list of common Internet error messages, and explains what they are and
what you can do about them.
- The HelpWeb: A Guide to Getting Started on the Internet. http://www.imaginarylandscape.com/helpweb/welcome.html
Streaming Video and Audio
Instead of having to download an entire audio or video file BEFORE you
can use it, streaming files download AS you use them.
Download the RealPlayer from Real.Com http://www.real.com/
- Natrifical - The Brain http://www.thebrain.com
- Natrificial Software Technologies developed The Brain, an information
management system. Their series of tutorials effectively use RealFlash
combined with screenshots of the software. Check out some tutorial chapters.
- Chapter One http://www.thebrain.com/support/chapter1.htm
CNN Interactive. The streaming formats that CNN Interactive currently
supports are RealVideo and Windows Media.
- CNN Live Audio on Demand
- CNN Live Video on Demand
- Mission College Chat Center
- Yahoo Clubs http://clubs.yahoo.com/
- Dave's ESL Cafe Chat Central http://www.eslcafe.com/chat/chatpro.cgi
Searching on the Internet
If you are looking for a particular organization, and it is large, and
you know the name and domain type, you can often guess the URL according
to naming conventions. For example, to find the home page of the following
- The White House, type http://www.whitehouse.gov in the Location
- University of California at Berkeley, type http://www.berkeley.edu
- Costco, type http://www.costco.com (or just costco)
There are two types of search tools for general web searching.
- Subject Directories
- Keyword Search Tools
Subject directories use a subject-type format. For example, click on
Recreation & Sports, and get subcategories Amusement Parks, Cooking,
Fitness Sports, and Travel
- Yahoo! http://www.yahoo.com
is a very popular directory.
Keyword search engines maintain indexes of key words used in web pages.
Many popular search engines are listed and annotated on the PBS web page
Understanding and Using the Internet Beginners Guide http://www.pbs.org/uti/guide/www.html
Finding Information on the Internet http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/FindInfo.html
This excellent tutorial from the UC Berkeley Library introduces you to
the Internet and WWW, teaches you how to analyze a topic, choose a search
tool, and use a variety of search engines.
Sample Web Assignments for ESL Students
Thanksgiving Web Search
thanksgiving.html ESL students
learn about the history and mearning of Thanksgiving in the USA and thanksgiving
as a human universal. They then respond to questions.
Halloween Web Search halloween.html
ESL students learn about this popular American children's festival by viewing
websites with text, graphics and sound. They then respond to questions.
Vacation Travel Project VacaProj.html
Students in an ESL writing class each plan a trip outside of California
on a budget of $2,000. They use information from web, print and interview resources.They
then write a report about their travel plan.
Basic Terminology and Sentence Structure Identification ESL students
in an online advanced grammar and editing course read a news article published
on the CNN Interactive web site and analyze the sentence structure.
Marsha Chan's Presentations