Teaching Students to Navigate the World Wide Web
Teachers today might feel like students are practically born with a smartphone in their hands.
Kids as young as second grade are texting, engaging in social media, and toting cell phones around in their pockets.
Given how embedded technology is in childhood these days, one might assume that using the internet is an innate skill.
Sure, students know that “Google” has the answer to all their questions.
But when it comes to actually posing these questions and navigating the inundation of information that comes from clicking “search” students often have no idea where to begin.
And that’s a problem. Knowing how to effectively search the internet is an essential skill that will last a lifetime.
Where should teachers begin in teaching students how to navigate the world wide web?
Consider turning to one resource that does all the planning (and most of the execution) for you! iAcademy’s course, Journey Through the World Wide Web.
This online course offers 56 unique activities to help students master everything they need to know about responsible internet use.
Students will love this engaging course, and will learn dozens of crucial technical and soft skills along the way.
The internet is an incredibly useful and powerful tool.
At the same time, though, there are plenty of areas where the internet can also pose a threat if you don’t know what you are doing.
In Journey Through the World Wide Web, students will kick things off with a lesson on internet safety. They’ll learn the guidelines for responsible, safe, and ethical internet use.
Best of all, there’s even a quiz to take on this material that students need to pass before moving forward with the course so you’ll know they understand these concepts.
The saying “don’t believe everything you read” has become even more relevant since the invention of the internet.
Scams, fake news, and false information are everywhere. Unless you know what to look for to verify the reliability of a source, you’re likely to end up with information that isn’t true or is heavily biased.
In Unit 2 of Journey Through the World Wide Web, students will learn how to determine if a source is trustworthy.
This valuable skill is one that students will use time and again in their lives and will help make students more engaged and critical readers of information.
Exploring Different Media
One of the various perks that the internet offers is the availability of different media.
For example, students have access to audio recordings, photos, videos, and interactive maps to add to their learning experiences.
In this course, students can learn how to effectively find, save, and share these different types of media.
Students will also practice the soft skills of evaluating when and for what purpose these different types of media are most useful.
Most adults can agree that the development of online banking (ok, and online shopping too) has changed the way that we manage and spend our money.
Learning how to use online banking and shopping platforms is an important skill that students will inevitably need to know.
By teaching about these online resources at a young age, you can help students understand how to use these tools both responsibly and safely.
Identity theft and massive credit card debt are nobody’s friends!
An integral part of using the internet involves how you communicate the information you’ve found with an audience.
Whether you’re sharing your research with a boss or collaborating on a project with a colleague, you need to know how to draft and send an appropriate and well-written email.
Luckily, Unit 5 of Journey Through the World Wide Web teaches students to do just that.
Students learn email etiquette along with useful tools like attaching an image or creating an electronic greeting card so that they’ll become confident and competent digital communicators.
With so many different features and the fact that the internet is constantly changing, it can be hard to know where to begin.
Luckily, if students can master the foundational skills and principles as shown in this course, they’ll be able to apply what they know to teach themselves to use new facets of the internet as they are developed.