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

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sometimes puzzle over what they are reading. Users will abbreviate whenever they can, especially if the conversation in the message board/discussion forum has been going for a while. To that end, users should be ready to figure out some slang terms. Here are a few that are useful for message boards: Sharing Events There are web services built just for inviting people to real-life events. Two common ones are Evite and Eventbrite. In addition, Facebook has a robust event feature that allows users

contingencies to plan against. Beginning computer users need to practice for hours and hours, far more than they actually have access to your library computers. It happens often that someone who has never used a computer will show up when other people are ready to type their resumes. Attempt to accommodate them by relying on handouts and self-guided courseware (see Appendix A). 4. Workshop Plan This workshop plan presents and explains the key concepts in a logical and progressive way. While

learners, the more they will put into their experience in the workshop. Patience and Practice The learners in your computer basics class will also need frequent reminders that the tasks they are undertaking are difficult, and that they are not “dumb” or unintelligent. Computers, tablets, phones, and devices have ways of making even the most tech savvy users feel stupid. I always remind computer basics learners over and over again that computers are “stupid” in the sense that they are very

and can afford more/faster/ larger of one of the above, chose RAM. **Be sure you know how your computer will connect to the Internet. This will probably mean in-home WiFi or personal 4G hotspot device. Also, remember: Be skeptical. The person selling the computer is trying to get the most money from you, not give you the best computer for your needs or budget. Desktop PCs are cheaper than laptops, and tend to last longer. Be sure read the fine print: is there a monitor included in the price?

91–94 Email: accounts, 15–17; address, 21–22; how-to, 18–26; using in hands-on exercises, 27–28; vs. usernames, 34; vs. web address, 10. See also Composing email Etsy, 95 Eventbrite, 103, 107, 137; using in a hands-on exercise, 113 Facebook, xiii, 37, 99, 103–7, 137, 138; creating events on, 112 File, 18–19, 45, 52, 59, 137, 139; types, 48–49, 133 Firefox, xiv, 1, 5 Folder, 45, 52, 59; in email, 15–19, 137, 139 Font, 46–54, 134 Gmail, 15–19 Gmx.de, 15 Going viral. See Viral Google

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