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					                   Internet Fundamentals - Assignment #1
Instructions:
    Save the document below to your files. (Hint: Highlight it, edit, copy,
     than paste it into a new document in Word.)
    Type your answers on the document under each question.
    Save it as Internet Assignment #1
    Notify your instructor when you have completed all 6 assignments and
     are ready to have them checked.


Name ____________________________________              Date ________________________

Answer the following 20 questions for assignment #1:
  1. What does http stand for?


   2. What is the main difference between http and https?


   3. What is the domain name for the school web site?
      (Hint: the URL used in Comp Tech is www.egusd.net/franklinhs/techstandards )


   4. What is the directory for the Computer Technology web site (use the hint from
      above)?


   5. What is an Internet browser?


   6. Name two Internet browsers (Remember graphic and text are types of browsers):
      1)

      2)



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7. What is a URL? What do the letters URL mean?



8. What is an ISP and what do the letters ISP mean? List four (4):

   1)

   2)

   3)

   4)

9. What is a search engine? Name five (5):

   1)

   2)

   3)

   4)

   5)

10. What is a simple search on the Internet?


11. What is a complex search on the Internet?


12. Name five (5) top-level domain types and the kind of information found at the site:
   (Hint: .com is one type and .com is the short form for what word)

   1)

   2)

   3)

   4)

   5)


13. Provide an example of a short web address:



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   14. Which browser do you use in this class?



   15. Provide an example of a long, complicated web address resulting from a search
      request:


   16. Examine the following web address and determine how many directories are
      indicated.
      Bold the directories. (%20 represents a space since URLs cannot have spaces)

   http://www.egusd.k12.ca.us/franklinhs/techstandards/Computer%20Tech%20Files/
        CT%20ModelMLA.doc

Do the following:

   Go to http://www.egusd.net/franklinhs/stem/sequence.htm

   17. Remove the .htm from the web address. What happened? What are you seeing?

   18. Now remove /sequence. What happened? Now what are you seeing?

   19. Now remove /stem. What happened? What are you seeing?

   20. Now remove the./franklinhs. What happened?


In finishing this assignment, you have learned the basic structure of Web
Addresses. You should now know the function of the browser, domain name,
the use of links, and the use of directories and sub-directories.




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                   Internet Research - Assignment #2
Think first – then search. Imagine walking in the library to research a topic
for a school report and you start reading the first book you see on the topic.
Without considering the age of the book, the credibility of the author, the
validity of the content or the other resources available, you decide to use this
book for your entire report.

Unfortunately, this is similar to how many students use the Internet for
researching information. They select the first web site that appears without
evaluating its content or origin.

The Internet is a huge collection of information. Some of the web sites can be
very useful; however, many can be questionable. Effective Internet research
is important to save time and to obtain quality information.

Think first – then search. The following steps can help improve your research
results:
     1) Think about your topic or information desired before you start hitting
         the keyboard. Write down key words, phrases, etc.
     2) Decide which search tool (search engine, meta-search, web
         directory, etc.) will be best in obtaining the information you need.
     3) Go to the site and preview its content. (NOTE: This does not mean to
         read every word on the web site.)
     4) Evaluate the site for its reliability, accuracy and relevancy.
     5) If you decide to use the web site, make sure you obtain the
         information needed to properly cite your resource.




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Instructions:
    Save the document below to your files. (Hint: Highlight it, edit, copy,
     than paste it into a new document in Word.)
    Type your answers on the document under each question.
    Save it as Internet Assignment #2.
    Notify your instructor when you have completed all 6 assignments and
     are ready to have them checked.

Name ___________________________________ Date ____________________

Go to http://infopeople.org/search/chart and answer the following questions:

1. What is the main method that Google uses to rank its web sites? (Decide which web
   sites are listed first


2. Which search engine accepts natural language questions as well as keyword searches?

3. How is a meta-search engine database different than a regular search engine
   database?

4. How is a subject directory (web directory) different than a search engine?

5. Name 3 subject directories.
      1.
      2.
      3.

Go to
http://www.noodletools.com/debbie/literacies/information/5locate/adviceengine.html and
answer the following questions:

6. Which 3 web sites are recommended if you need an authoritative site chosen by an
expert researcher?
      1.
      2.
      3.

7. Which 3 web sites offer personal help from experts on researching a topic?
     1.
     2.
     3.

8. Which web site is recommended if you need facts on a select country for basic profile
   and transnational issues?




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9. Which three sites are recommended for young kids?
      1.
      2.
      3.

Go to www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html and answer the
following questions:

10. What five questions can you ask about a web site to help you decide if a web site can
    be trusted?
      1.
      2.
      3.
      4.
      5.


11. Name three links you should look for on a web site to learn the name of the
    organization, institution, agency, or author who is responsible for the page.
      1.
      2.
      3.

12. Why are footnotes and working links important to look for on a web site?



13. Why is it important to look up the name of the organization, institution, agency or
    author of a web site in a general search engine (i.e. Google) when evaluating the site?


14. What are 5 reasons listed that explain why a page was put on the web?
      1.
      2.
      3.
      4.
      5.

15. Who has the main responsibility to establish the “validity, authorship, timeliness, and
    integrity” of information on the internet?




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                     Advanced Searches - Assignment #3

Most search tools on the internet provide assistance in conducting Advanced
Searches. On many sites, the process used for these advanced searches
involves Boolean logic or some variation of it. Having a basic understanding
of Boolean logic and familiarizing yourself with advanced search features
available will help narrow your topic and provide sites which are more
relevant to your search. Remember, most search engines, etc. provide help
pages on using advanced search features.

Instructions:
    Save the document below to your files. (Hint: Highlight it, edit, copy,
     then paste it into a new document in Word.)
    Type your answers on the document under each question.
    Save it as Internet Assignment #3.
    Notify your instructor when you have completed all 6 assignments and
     are ready to have them checked.

Name ___________________________________________________       Date ______________________

Go to www.internettutorials.net/boolean.asp and answer the following questions.

1. What are the three logical operators of Boolean logic?
      1.
      2.
      3.

2. How do the number of results change when using an “or” operator instead of an “and”?


3. Study the Venn diagrams for the “and” operator. How does the common area (shaded
   area) change when gender is added to the search?


4. Why is it important to be careful when using the “not” operator?


5. Name the 3 distinct ways that Boolean logic may be involved when you use an internet
   search engine.
      1.
      2.
      3.

6. Using full Boolean logic, how would you write a search to learn about radiation but not
   nuclear radiation?


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7. What is keyword searching? Are Boolean operators used?


8. Using implied Boolean logic with keyword searching how would you search for radiation
   but not nuclear radiation?

9. I Spy was a television series that aired in the 1960s. Create a two word Google search
   query with the + operator for this television series. List your search strategy.


Go to www.google.com/advanced_search and answer the following questions.


10. Other than searching for articles written “anytime”, what four time frames are
    available to limit the date on your search? HINT: Before you answer this question,
    look for “last update” and click on “anytime”.

11. Using the Advanced Search feature in Google, fill in the fields (or boxes) to search for
    digital cameras that can be bought in the $300 to $500 range and can be used
    underwater. Exclude cameras that are made by Sony. How does Google write this
    search? HINT: Look in the box below the thick black line.

12. List 5 of the cameras that resulted from your search.

13. If you do a search for Alexander Bell on Google’s advanced search and exclude
    Graham, will this include sites on Alexander G. Bell? Explain why or why not.

14. What country has the domain code .aq (note the second letter is a lowercase Q)? List
    the search strategy you used that only found the one country with this domain.

15. Create a Google search query for “search spiders” (this is a technology word not an
    insect). List two other words (synonyms) that you found from your search. List your
    search strategy.

16. A website that takes advantage of Google is Soople.com. What is the definition of
    soople? What is the purpose of this website? HINT: Explore the different tabs offered
    at this site.




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                      Practice Search - Assignment #4
This assignment is an example of a task utilizing simple research methods
while researching some basic college information.

Instructions:
   Save the questions and table below to your files. (Hint: Highlight it, edit,
    copy, and then paste it into a new document in Word.)
   Type your answers on the document under each question.
   Save it as Internet Assignment #4.
   Notify your instructor when you have completed all 6 assignments and
    are ready to have them checked.


Name _______________________________________           Date _______________________


Assignment 4, Part 1
Provide complete answers and the web address where the information was
found.
  1. What are the 4 types of financial aid available in regards to college education?
     Web site used:
     a.
     b.
     c.
     d.

  2. What is the SAT and ACT? What do the letters SAT and ACT mean?
     Web site used:



  3. What does the letters FAFSA stand for? How is this used and of what importance is
     this to any student going to college?
     Web site used:


  4. What does “room and board” mean at a college/university?
     Web site used:


  5. In terms of a college or university, who is considered a “resident” compared to a
     “non-resident”? Who usually pays a higher tuition?
     Web site used:

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Assignment 4, Part 2:
Complete the table below by conducting a simple search. Most of the
information can be found at petersons.com or by visiting the school web site.
Copy, paste and complete the table below.

                             University of        University of    California State   American River
                            California, Davis    California, San     University        Community
                                 (UCD)                Diego         Sacramento           College
                                                    (UCSD)             (CSUS)            (ARC)


School’s URL

Admissions – Number
of Freshmen Applied

Admissions – Number         :
of Freshmen Accepted

Average High School
GPA
Application Fee

Tuition – State resident,
full time
Tuition – Nonresident,
full time
Required Fees

Room and Board

*Total Cost – State
resident, full time
*Total Cost – Non-
resident, full time
Degrees Offered
(Ex. Bachelors)
List three majors you
found from the college
website



*Total Cost includes tuition, required fees and room and board.

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                       Netiquette - Assignment #5
The Internet provides a variety of tools that have improved the ability and
speed to communicate with others. Although many young adults prefer
instant and text messaging, emailing is still useful in school and work
environments. With the ease of sending longer messages and forwarding
attachments from one to many, emailing remains an effective communication
tool.

There is a big difference, however, between sending a casual email to your
friend and writing a professional email to an adult such as your teacher,
future college professor or boss.

This assignment will give you an opportunity to review preparing an email
and to polishing your “netiquette”.

The number one rule of emailing is to remember who is going to receive your
email. You may use emoticons to express your feelings when emailing a
friend but these should be avoided when emailing your teacher. :-) In
addition, the use of acronyms and texting lingo is inappropriate in a formal
email.

Instructions:
   Review the PowerPoint, Sending an Email.
   Copy the email template below into a Word document.
   For this assignment, you will be drafting an email to your teacher with a
    cc to J. Smith and a bcc to S. Jones. (NOTE: You will not be sending an
    actual email but will be saving this as an assignment in your files.)
   For the recipient field, locate your teacher’s email address on your
    school web site (example: www.egusd.net/franklinhs) or use the email
    address your teacher has provided.
   For the cc and bcc fields, J. Smith’s email is jsmith@gmail.com and S.
    Jones’s email is sillyjj@hotmail.com.
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 In the body of the email, explain to your teacher why wikis (including
  Wikipedia), blogs and personal web sites are unreliable resources to
  use when conducting internet searches for class projects or school
  research.
 Locate at least two (2) websites on this issue and include those web
  addresses in your email as references.
 Your email should have at least one paragraph with 5 sentences or more
  in each paragraph. (Remember: You are writing this email to an adult.
  Use complete sentences and do not include any texting lingo!)
 Write a subject line that reflects the purpose of your email.
 Save the draft of your email as Internet Assignment #5.



                      Remember Your Netiquette!

             #1~ Treat others as you want to be treated
             #2~ Take 10 then send
             #3~ Cyberspace is Face-to-Face
             #4~ Be Smart- Look Smart
             #5~ Separate Facts and Opinions




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Email Template – Assignment #5 cont.

Copy this template in a Word document. Save your e-mail as
Internet Assignment #5. DO NOT SEND.

Name ______________________________     Date _______________



     To:


     Cc:


    Bcc:


 Subject:




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                       Internet Safety - Assignment #6

Although text messaging appears to be the primary communication tool for
young adults, most teens have spent time blogging, instant messaging, e-
mailing, joining chat rooms, gaming and/or interacting on social networking
sites. While allowing a sense of communication freedom, these internet
activities can lead to unwanted outcomes for the user.

For example, the number of cyber bullying cases continues to increase
annually. According to statistics from the i-SAFE foundation:

     Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about
      the same number have engaged in cyber bullying.
     More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyber threats online.
     Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly
      through their cell phones or the Internet.
     Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber
      bullying occurs.

Just as drivers must learn the rules of the road before obtaining a driver’s
license, internet users should be aware of guidelines for navigating safely in
the cyber world.

Instructions:
For your final assignment in the Internet standard, you have been asked by a
middle school teacher to design a 3 fold brochure on internet safety (cyber
safety) to be distributed to 7th and 8th graders. The following are some topics
you may want to include in your brochure:
            - Safe searching tips (smart surfing)
            - Cyberbulling
            - Identity threat (phising, spyware, etc.)


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(Note: See CT 5 - Assignment 4 if you need assistance on the layout for a 3
fold brochure.)

All the information in this brochure must be accurate and based on research
findings. Do not “make up” statistics, etc. Before starting this assignment,
review some web sites on internet safety. You need to research at least 3
web sites and list them on the back of your brochure. Possible sites to visit
are:
      www.egusd.net/students_parents/isafety.cfm
      www.safeteens.com
      www.wiredkids.org/wiredkids_org.html

Include the following in your brochure:
    Title panel
    Current statistics or information that illustrates the need for internet
     safety.
    Steps or tips for making internet use safer for young adults. (Remember
     that this brochure is intended for 7th and 8th graders.)
    On the back panel, include your name, date and the web sites you used
     as resources.

Brochure Requirements:
Your brochure must include the following components:
        Two landscape pages. Do not use a template.
        3 EVEN panels (both pages)
        All margins .25
        3 columns and 1 row
        Text covers 80% of the brochure
        Body text = size 12pt. font (titles and headings may be larger)
        Images cover no more than 20% of the brochure (From clipart or
          the Internet)
        Images are not larger than 2 x 2 inches.
        No more than two different types of text fonts.
        Equal margins around each panel.
        Equal panels when folded.
        Opens correctly (like a book, left to right)
        No more than two WordArt objects
        Appropriate use of color
        Web sites used listed on the back panel (3 minimum)
        Your name and date located on the bottom back panel

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