Lesson Plan: Computer Applications: Introduction to the Internet

Time: Three 90-minute class periods

Objectives: The students will

I. become familiar with the workings of Windows 3.11 especially Program Manager, File Manager, and MS DOS Prompt.

II. open, develop, save, and copy a text file within the windows environment.

III. become familiar with Netscape and the way its fits into the Windows 3.11 and windows 95 environment.

IV. Gain an understanding of the WWW and the way it works.

Curricular Connection: 5.2: Demonstrate the use of a desktop publishing software package, including editing and importing graphics.

Warm Up Activity (Anticipatory Set): Browser  Vocabulary

A) have the students use their vocabulary on Chapter 3 and on "Getting Started With Netscape" to identify the following definitions: 

Chapter 3

  1. Browser
  2. Interface
  3. Frames
  4. "Pop-up"
  5. "cut/copy and paste"
  6. Page source
  7. Cache
  8. Search button
  9. History
  10. Back button
  11. Forward button
  12. Stop button
  13. Home button
  14. Reload button
  16. Channels
  17. URL
  18. FTP
  19. http://
  20. Lynx
Netscape Vocabulary
  1. Internet
  2. World Wide Web
  3. Web pages
  4. Web servers
  5. Hyperlink
  6. Web browser
  7. Netscape navigator
  8. Multimedia
  9. Web Sites
  10. Home Page
  11. Text hyperlink (or anchor)
  12. Image hyperlink
  13. Imagemap
  14. History
  15. Cache
  16. URL
  17. Go Menu
Definitions to Match with Terms


1) A program that allows the user to read pages on the World Wide Web

2) A command that allows you to see the HTML code that makes up a web page

3) The page that the browser visits first, or the main page of a web site.

4) This image is divided into "hotspots" that allow the user to click to a new web site or web page.

5) When the mouse runs over a graphic or image, these words appear to tell those without image capability what is in the image.

6) This is an abbreviation for web address. It tells the browser where to go to load a web page.

7) This list allows the user to jump quickly to a web site visited within the current surfing session.

8) These commands allow the user to transfer text or images easily from the browser to another application.

9) This is the term for files temporarily stored on the hard drive so the browser does not have to read the Internet for every visit to a web page.

10) This is the abbreviation for web page editors that create web code as you create the page. the page looks in the editor the way it will look in the browser.

Answers to this matching exercise have been made available.

Guided Practice and Main Activity: Using Windows Programs Such as Netscape

A) Distribute magazines such as The Net that have web addresses students can visit.
B) Have students practice using Netscape by conducting the following tasks:

1) Opening a web document from the hard drive. List file name: ____________________

2) Renaming by using the save as dialogue box: New file name and location: _________________________

3) Visiting a web site by entering the full address: ________________________________________________

4) Save information from the web to the hard drive or floppy disk. File name:____________________________

5) Open a graphics file from a floppy disk: File name:_________________________________________

Main Activity: Student Created Quiz on Using the Web Browser

A) Have students take places at the computer and start Netscape.

B) Review the major buttons and menu items.

C) Instruct them on file saving for web page and graphics.

D) Have students use their readings to develop a quiz of 10 questions. The quiz can be matching or fill-in-the blank with a word bank.

E) Students should use Netscape Gold/Composer and save their pages as an .htm file to disk.

F) Have students exchange their disks and allow team members to take the quiz. Students should correct each other's quizzes.

G) Document student quiz development and achievement with a 10 point award for both.

Examples (Modeling): Creating a Header Graphic for Student Web Pages Using Paint Shop Pro Version 3.11

A) Students should follow these steps when creating a header graphic:

1) Open a new file at 600 pixels wide and 200 high.
2) Make sure the image is set to 16.7 million colors.
3) Make sure the image is started with a white background.
4) Set the foreground color to black.
5) Set the background color to the desired text color
6) Select the Text tool to decide on font, size, content andstyle.
7) Using black text, place it on the white background.
8) Blur the image to the desired effect.
9) Reverse the color squares so that red is now the foreground color.
10) Repeat the process without changing the settings.
11) Place the colored text over the blurred black text at an angle showing a drop shadow. Do not blur the red text after is placed on the black "shadow."

To see a visual of this process, go to Drop Shadow

Check For Understanding: Students Demonstrate Skills

A) Have students use Notepad or Write to develop a short autobiography of about two to three paragraphs.
B) Students should save their work to both the C: drive in the temp subdirectory with their own filename and to a floppy on the A: drive.
C) Show students how to copy and rename the file.

Homework (Independent Practice): Locating a web site to review

A) If possible have students locate a web site of their own choosing and interest that they would like to review. If students do not have web access, assign students a web site. web sites can be chosen from the list at http://www.fred.net/nhhs/html/coolurls.htm or http://www.fred.net/nhhs/html3/cyberurl.htm.

B) Students should submit the web address to the teacher for inspection and for the grade of  having completed the homework.
Students should also write a one-paragraph introduction relating why they chose that particular web site.

Wrap-Up Activity (Closure): Discussion The Trouble With Computers

A) Many people believe that computers are just too difficult to use. Ask the students to respond to this question:

B) If you could design a computer or operating system that you believe would be easy to use, what modifications would you make to existing hardware and software to improve computers as work and learning tools.

C) Students should respond in writing or orally through class discussion.

Evaluation: The lesson will be evaluated by:

I. the accuracy of student's written responses;

II. student's scores on future tests and quizzes.

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