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The Internet | Google Data | Private vs. Public Information

The Internet

globe searchWhat is the Internet? Does that sound like a stupid question? Everyone knows what the Internet is right? So if I ask you right now to write down an answer, do you have one? I don't blame you. Defining the Internet is not easy. I will tell you this...the Internet is not the World Wide Web. The Internet and the World Wide Web as terms do get used interchangeable with many people using the term Internet when they really mean World Wide Web.

The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link several billion devices worldwide. The World Wide Web is not the Internet and the Internet is not the World Wide Web although the terms do get used and accepted interchangeably. According to the Internet Society, "unlike any other technology, the Internet can be whatever we make it. We can shape it. We can mold it. But most importantly, we can use it to connect people, communities, and countries around the world." In its early days, most people just used the Internet to search for information.

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Have you ever wondered what people search for on Google? “Zeitgeist” means “the spirit of the times,” and this spirit can be seen through the aggregation of millions of search queries Google receives every day. The annual Zeitgeist report reveals what captured the world's attention in the past year—our passions, interests and defining moments as seen through search.

Explore the most recent Year-End Zeitgeist, or take a trip back in time by looking through the archives. It is very interesting. What do you think the most popular searches for 2017 will be?

As the Internet has grown, it has developed into a multi-faceted tool with a vast range of uses. It's now easy to keep in touch with friends, publish your own articles, or even watch your favorite TV shows using the Internet. The Internet is always changing, and the ways in which we access it will also continue to change. Current trends will become more common and integrated into our everyday lives. In addition, we'll see many technologies and devices in the future that will allow us to use the Internet in new and exciting ways.

Internet 101
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Today's Internet is a constantly evolving tool that not only contains an amazing variety of information but that also provides new ways of accessing, interacting, and connecting with people and content. With all the information that is available, how do you find what you are looking for? Read the website below:

Internet 101
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Some of the strategies to help you maximize your search techniques include using phrases. Search phrases are more than a single keyword. The search engine will return phrases first, and then the individual keywords. Use Boolean operators such as And, Or, and Not. Don't be afraid to use other search sites. Although Google is the most popular search engine, it is not the only search engine. Different search engines give different results so use more than one search engine. Use appropriate keywords. Avoid using "the", "a", and "in" unless they are part of a phrase. Try using synonyms for your keywords. Wildcards may also be helpful. A wildcard is a special symbol, usually an asterisks (*) used in conjunction with a part of a word. For example, if you search for key*, you would get keyboard, keyword, etc.

Assignment: Regulating the Internet discussion board

Directions: Who owns the Internet? That is a good question. Actually the Internet is owned by no and everyone. It is owned by no one meaning that no single person, government, or entity owns or has control over the Internet. It is owned by no one meaning that anyone who has a web server, webpage (think Facebook or other social media), or even email owns a piece of the Internet. Since no single entity owns the Internet it is currently not regulated. Anyone can put anything on the Internet. Should the Internet be regulated? Should there be some organization that controls the content that is placed on the Internet?

Reflect on the questions presented above. Participate in the Regulating the Internet discussion board. Be sure to read other posts as well for more insight.

Google Data

You have a question and want to find the answer or are looking for some information like where is the closest Starbucks. For many of us, we head right to the Internet's top search engine, Google, to find the information. But how does Google find all of the different things that billions of users are interested in know? The life span of a Google query is less than 1/2 second, and involves quite a few steps before you see the most relevant results. Here's how it all works.

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How big is the Internet? Good question. What was your answer? When I ask that question in class, I usually get responses like "Big!" "Huge!" "Tremendous!" "Infinite!" "I don't know!"

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Assignment: Search Engine Scavenger Hunt

Directions: As you search the Internet using different search engines, you will discover that the results of your search will vary. For this assignment, utilize the search engines below to search for a baseball cards, the history of Haiti, and acne. Download the assignment sheet here: Search Engine Scavenger Hunt and upload to itsLearning when finished.

Private vs. Public Information

globe searchWhat is private information? Am I being asked to give out information that reveals who I am or where I can be found? Remember, that when you are online you are dealing with strangers. You need to protect your family, friends, and yourself. Do not give out information with permission. Examples of private information include:

It is okay to share personal information if it does not identify you in any way. For example, the following information is okay to share with others:

Assignment: Google Yourself!

Directions: Google yourself! Read the article http://www.gcflearnfree.org/google-tips/google-yourself/1/ and complete the 7 Google searches following the bulleted point search suggestions in the article using your personal information. Prepare a paragraph summarizing what you found and how public your information is. Place your paragraph in the itsLearning textbox. Do not attach a separate document and be sure you proofread.


If you are having problems viewing this page, opening videos, or accessing the URLs, the direct links are posted below. All assignments are submitted in itsLearning. If you have having problems, contact Mrs. Rush through the itsLearning email client.

GCF Internet 101 #1: http://www.gcflearnfree.org/internet101/2/full

GCF Internet 101 #2: http://www.gcflearnfree.org/internet101/5/full

How Stuff Works video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNHR6IQJGZs

Searching Techniques presentation: http://www.mrsrush.net/idt/search/search_techniques.pdf

Google Zeitgeist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIViy7L_lo8p>

Transcript: http://mrsrush.net/search/index.pdf


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