The Internet as we know it began in 1969 when the United States Department of Defense wanted to decentralize communication and missile control networks to survive a military attack. Mainly computer experts, engineers and scientists used this early Internet to exchange data.
The Internet became "more friendly" in 1989 as a result of a proposition for a new way to distribute information. The proposed standard became known as the World Wide Web, and was based on hypertext. Hypertext is a system of adding links in text to allow the user to jump to other pages or sections of the document.
Over the past several years, there has been explosive growth in both the popularity and capabilities of the Web. These developments have prompted many educators to identify the Web as a key component in the integration of technology and education in the class
Before starting this course, you should be familiar with the basic functions of your computer such as opening and closing windows; creating folders; opening files; and launching and switching between applications. Other skills include the ability to select, cut, copy and paste text, as well as organize files on your computer. If you don't already have these skills, refer to the Basic Computer Skills courses.
You'll also need an Internet Explorer 6.0 browser on your computer and a connection to the Internet.
Step 2 -- Use the outline below and the course map on the left side of the screen to locate the learning activity pages that teach the skills you require. You can go through all of the skills sequentially, from top to bottom, if you wish, or simply access the specific skills you need to complete the course. It's up to you.