Working with the Web
Before you start... How these lessons work
This set of lessons on The Web is part of a set of tutorials that go with Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101. The tutorials cover Computer Basics, Windows, word processing, spreadsheets, the web (which is the section you are in now!), presentations, and databases.
Who is this for?
The whole course is designed for people who are new to computers, but even old pros need a refresher from time to time. You might even learn something new, or at least be reminded of tips and tricks that you have forgotten.
Clearly, if you are reading this page in a browser, you already have some computer skills, or else you have a handy helper or instructor close by.
The Web lessons will start with Browser Basics, where you will learn how to navigate different kinds of web pages and how to manage Internet Explorer. Then you will learn how to search the web using keywords and web directories. These activities use web pages especially created for this tutorial, so there is no problem with a site vanishing in the night or with inappropriate content.
Project 2 covers how to write web pages with HTML.
Each lesson has:
You might want to print the steps out if your monitor or resolution is small. It can be hard to read directions on the screen while you are trying to follow the directions!
You may can print just the parts you want. Select the part to print and go to the File menu and then the Print... command. There may be a choice in the dialog to print just the "Selection", depending on which browser you are using to read the directions.
want to work with directions on the screen, you can switch between
the directions in the browser and the application window where you
are working by clicking on the Taskbar icon or with the ALT + TAB key
combination. Or if you are using a high resolution, perhaps you can arrange
your windows so that you can see both at the same time.
What you see may not match!
What you actually see on your computer may vary from what is shown and described here. Things change quickly in the world of computers. Don't let it fluster you!
The Step-by-Step sections will explain how to set the features that will affect how your computer responds to the directions. If your computer still does not behave as you expected, look in the Help for the program or ask your instructor or network administrator (or a even more experienced friend). That's why they are there! . [Note: You may not be allowed to change some settings on classroom or network computers.]
The directions and images were prepared mostly from Internet Explorer 9 (IE), which is the current version as I write. The basic skills and approach are the same, even when the details change a lot.
You may need to stop before finishing all of the directions in a Step-by-Step section. Pay attention to what lesson page you are on when you quit. If you are sharing a computer, write down the page's address from the browser's address bar. If you are on your own computer, you can bookmark the page in the browser. Bookmarks on a classroom computer may not be there when you get back to it!
Some of the Step-by-Step exercises will have a Start with: line that tells you what the situation should be when you start the exercise. This can help when you had to stop before finishing the document. The steps build on one another to complete a document, so don't try to skip steps even if you know how to do the skill being illustrated. Perhaps you'll learn a different way to accomplish a task!
If you were creating a document, don't forget to save it, or you will have lots to redo when you return to the computer!
The amount of detail in the directions and illustrations will decrease as you gain more experience.
~~ 1 Cor. 10:31 ...whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. ~~