Lesson 1--What is the Internet
- Students will have a better understanding of what the Internet is and how it is created. They will also gain some historical facts about the Internet.
- Students will know a definition of Internet
- Student will know some historical facts about the Internet, how it was created, and what can be found using it
- Ask whole class-"Who can tell me a definition of the Internet?" Accept resonable answers
and try to compile them into a working defition that should at least include:
- world wide collection of computer networks
- included both large and small networks
- the networks work together to exchange information and ideas
- the networks connect via telephone wires, cable lines, and/or satelite
- Ask whole group-"What does the Internet allow its users to do?" Accept resonable answers and compile a working definition that should as least include:
- exchange mail
- post and access information
- access multimedia including photos, videos, audio
- connect to other diverse cultures and ethnicities
- Have students take the following notes:
- The working definition of the Internet collectively created
- The working definition of what one can do using the Internet
- can fine just about anything
- can have access from just about anywhere to all types of media, especially now with the availability of smartphones and other mobile devices
- 24/7 availability---the internet never closes and therefore we can work and/or play at any time day or night
- anyone can post information and create internet sites so you never can be sure what's true or false at first glance
- there is more information than one person could possible even use
- 24/7 availability--the internet never closes and therefore we can access it and it may keep us away from obligations and responsibilities
The information below can be located at: Denning, Steve. "Lessons in Innovations: How Was the Internet Invented?" Forbes 12 July 2011: n. pag. Forbes. Web. 3 May 2012. <http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2011/07/12/ lessons-in-innovation-how-was-the-internet-invented/>.
- The idea for a network that connected many computers was first conceived in 1958 after the launch of Sputnik
- Scientists wanted to connect the Pentagon, Cheyenne Mountain, and Strategic Air Command Headquarters
- They wanted to created something that could sustain a nuclear war and still provide communition capabilities
(Discuss how the was a "big idea" for the times and took a great deal of planning, studying, and many years of hard work)
- In the 1980's major funding was provided by the National Science Foundation as well as some other larger networks.
- This funding led to worldwide participation and larger global networks were finally combined
- By the 1990's an internation network was up and running and as a result many of us are "plugged in"
- About a quarter of the entire world's population use the Internet
Assessment Based On Objectives:
Assessment will be based on participation in class discussions.
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