Teaching Internet Basics: The Can-Do Guide

Teaching Internet Basics: The Can-Do Guide

Joel A. Nichols

Language: English

Pages: 143

ISBN: 1610697413

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Perfect for public librarians, instructional librarians, technology and digital resource specialists, and library training specialists, this book is an essential resource for digital literacy instruction.

• Frames instruction of Internet basics in an economical and highly relevant manner for public librarians and their users

• Provides complete training scripts with step-by-step instructions and sample screen shots

• Suggests hands-on activities that apply skills taught and provide opportunity for independent practice

• Contains an annotated appendix of free online courseware that supplements and enhances Internet basics instruction
















our catalogue, so patrons could comment on books and movies, it might pay Disqus for the right to integrate their software/website code into their catalogue website. That way, users could leave comments. Tell the participants that you will now register an account. Navigate with your mouse to the upper right-hand side of the screen and click small white text that says “log in.” The page will immediately change and present you with a login screen. Figure 3.1 Type disqus.com and hit “go” on your

from Kansas.” You could take the first letter of each word in the phrase and you would get “mnidaifk.” Imagine, for a moment, that the website you are creating a password for requires that you use numbers and capital letters. You could use a common number-for-letter substitution such as 1 for I, 2 for T, 3 for E, 4 for A, 5 for F, 6 for G, 7 for K, 8 for H, 9 for N, and 0 for O, for example. Figure 3.3 Users should avoid these common, weak passwords. If you apply these number swaps and add in

Amazon features in the category drop-down menu. Tell users that it is important to remember that there is one key way that this store differs from a store they could actually visit at the mall. That difference is that Amazon also sells digital and downloadable products: videos you can watch on your computer, smartphone or tablet, eBooks that you can read on your Kindle or tablet, or songs to download to play on your smartphone, computer, or MP3 player. It’s good to mention this at this point and

personal information. Remind participants that they are not required to disclose any information about themselves just because a web page suggests they do! Explain that most dating sites use a personal messaging system, which functions like email, but which allow users to send text and pictures without disclosing their email addresses. These are called private messages. Remember, though, although they are “private,” and users have to log in to access them, anything they send via these private

content, usually from YouTube. It would work like this: You want to post your aunt Andy’s favorite song on her Facebook page for her birthday. So you search youtube.com for that song, either with an attached video or not. Then you post the link to that YouTube video on her page. This keeps you safe from the copyright police because any potential violation would be the problem of the original uploader to YouTube or of YouTube itself. Even though we may not personally care that file sharing is

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