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Title: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Internet Users


1
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Internet Users
  • Brad Paleg
  • National Extension Association of Family and
    Consumer Science, (Maryland Affiliate)
    Association Meeting
  • October 28, 1997

2
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Internet
Users(with apologies to Stephen Covey)
  • Brad Paleg
  • National Extension Association of Family and
    Consumer Science, (Maryland Affiliate)
    Association Meeting
  • October 28, 1997

3
Slight Change of Program
  • The Hands-on experience with Brad Paleg
  • is being replaced with a
  • hands-on computer training session covering
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Internet Users.

4
Todays Agenda
  • Welcome to the training!
  • What are the 7 Habits of Highly Effective
    Internet Users?
  • Discuss each habit - identifying helpful tips and
    techniques
  • Questions and answers

5
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Internet Users
  • 1. Be Internet Savvy
  • 2. Your Browser can be your Best Friend - Treat
    it Well
  • 3. Balance Yourself with Adobe Acrobat
  • 4. Be a Bookmarker
  • 5. Think Win-win and Search Away
  • 6. Change Hats - Be an Information Provider
  • 7. Sharpen your Technological Saw - Practice

6
Habit 1 - Be Internet Savvy
7
In Order to Play a Game Effectively You Must
  • Understand the rules
  • Understand the rules limitations
  • Understand the playing field
  • Understand the language (vocabulary)
  • Understand the players

8
So, What Exactly Is the Internet?
  • Worlds largest computer network (bunch of
    computers connected in some manner)
  • Network of networks, freely exchanging
    information
  • System of systems
  • Our playing field and the set of rules that
    govern the game

9
OK, Then What Is the World Wide Web (WWW)?
  • The WWW is a bunch of pages of information
    connected to each other throughout the world.
  • The WWW lets you jump or "hyperlink" from one web
    page to other pages on the web.
  • The WWW is one facet of the internet consisting
    of client and server computers handling
    multimedia documents.

10
Client and Server Computers - Woe, Slow Down!
  • Client computers use browser software (such as
    Netscape Navigator) to view documents (pages).
  • Server computers use server software to maintain
    documents for clients to access.

11
What Are Web Sites?
  • If the WWW is a big library on the internet than
    a web site is a book and pages are like
    specific pages in the book.
  • A home page is a starting page for a web site.
  • Each web page has a unique address called a
    universal resource locator (URL)

12
Web Sites Definition Example
  • The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
    (AGNR) has a web site.
  • The web site homepage (URL) is
  • http//www.agnr.umd.edu
  • The URL of the Department of Family and Consumer
    Sciences page is
  • http//www.agnr.umd.edu/ces/homeec/

13
More about URLs
  • URLs are just addresses that identify unique Web
    pages.
  • Most URLs begin with http// (Hypertext Transport
    Protocol). Good news, Netscape Navigator 3.0 and
    more recent versions allow you to ignore typing
    the http//.
  • URLs must always be typed correctly. They are
    unforgiving.

14
Lets look at a Specific URL http//www.agnr.umd.
edu/ces/homeec/childcare_train.html
  • Type specifier http
  • Host identifier www.agnr.umd.edu
  • Path identifier and file extension
    /ces/homeec/childcare_train.html

15
Top-level domain names
  • edu University or academic institution
  • com For-profit commercial organization
  • gov Government organization
  • org Not-for-profit organization
  • net Internet service facility
  • mil Military organization

16
Other Country Top-level domain names
  • ca Canada (not California)
  • uk United Kingdom
  • jp Japan
  • de Germany (not Delaware)
  • fr France
  • nl Netherlands

17
What Can One Do on the Internet?
  • Personal communication
  • Electronic mail (e-mail)
  • Public forums
  • Listservs
  • Mail reflectors
  • Simeon address books
  • Usenet

18
The World Opens its Door to You. What Can One Do
on the Internet?
  • Find people www.four11.com
  • Find businesses www.bigyellow.com
  • Find directions and maps www.mapquest.com

19
The World Opens its Door to You. What Can One Do
on the Internet?
  • Search for information using search engines
  • Altavista
  • Lycos
  • Webcrawler
  • Hotbot
  • Infoseek

20
The World Opens its Door to You. What Can One Do
on the Internet?
  • Read news online
  • Washington Post www.washingtonpost.com
  • New York Times www.nytimes.com
  • Wall Street Journal www.wsj.com
  • CNN www.cnn.com
  • MS-NBC www.msnbc.com

21
The World Opens its Door to You. What Can One Do
on the Internet?
  • Miscellaneous Services, You can
  • use a dictionary www.m-w.com/netdict.htm
  • or a thesaurus www.thesaurus.com
  • read or search the complete works of
    Shakespeare the-tech.mit.edu/Shakespeare/

22
The World Opens its Door to You. What Can One Do
on the Internet?
  • Miscellaneous Services, You can
  • send flowers www.flowernet.com
  • check on the weather www.weather.com

23
The World Opens its Door to You. What Can One Do
on the Internet?
  • Supply information and create linkages on the
    Colleges Web Site

24
Habit 2 - Your Browser Can Be Your Best Friend -
Treat It Well
25
Browser, Sounds Like a Type of Dog, What Is It?
  • A browser is a software program that requests,
    interprets, and displays WWW documents.
  • Commonly used browsers include Netscape
    Navigator, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Lynx.

26
Recommended Browser
  • Currently the Colleges browser of choice is
    Netscape Navigator 3.01. (See Netscape
    instruction sheet).
  • Windows 95 users with sufficient memory (32 MB)
    and lots of free hard disk space may want to use
    Netscape Navigator version 4.

27
Location field
Title bar
Tool Bar
Menu bar
Status indicator
Directory buttons
Content area
Security area
Status bar
Progress bar
28
Exploring Netscape Navigator
  • Title Bar - shows the name of the current page
  • Menu Bar - standard pull-down menu containing
    various commands
  • Tool Bar - contains large buttons allowing you to
    easily perform major Netscape tasks
  • Location Field - shows you the URL of the page
    currently being displayed

29
Exploring Netscape Navigator
  • Directory Buttons - Beneficial for newcomers to
    find their way around the Internet
  • Status Indicator - Shows when Netscape is loading
    a page
  • Content Area - Shows the content of the requested
    page

30
Exploring Netscape Navigator
  • Status Bar - Provides information about the
    connection to a particular page
  • Progress Bar - Show you what portion of a
    download that has been completed
  • Security Indicator - Shows whether or not you
    have a secure connection

31
Netscapes Toolbar
  • Back - moves to the previously viewed page
  • Forward - moves to the next page
  • Home - Takes you to your homepage
  • Reload - Causes the currently displayed page to
    be reloaded.
  • Images - Loads images on the page you are viewing

32
Netscapes Toolbar
  • Open - Enables you to directly move to a new site
  • Print - Prints the current page
  • Find - Allows you to move directly to a
    particular word on the current page
  • Stop - Stops the downloading of information from
    a remote server

33
Tip - You can increase the Content Area by
  • Not showing either the Toolbar, Location, or
    Directory Buttons.
  • From the Options menu on the Menu Bar, Click on
    Show Toolbar, Show Location, and Show Directory
    Buttons.

34
Click on a Hyperlink - What Happens?
  • Netscape loads the page but other things happen
  • Status Indicator goes into motion (meteors streak
    across the blue field)
  • Progress Bar shows the percentage of the page
    that has completed loading

35
Click on a Hyperlink - What Happens?
  • Notice two things
  • Text is displayed first, which means you can
    immediately begin using the given page
  • Images are downloaded using progressive
    rendering, allowing the browser to display the
    images in several passes

36
Ive Pulled up a Great Page, Now What?
  • Bookmark the page (well discuss this more fully
    in a while).
  • You can print the whole page by clicking on the
    Print Button.
  • You can print specific parts of the page by
    selecting Print Preview from the File Command on
    the Menu Bar.

37
Ive Pulled up a Great Page, Now What?
  • You can e-mail the file by clicking on the Send
    Page Command from the File Command on the Menu
    Bar.
  • You can use the Search Button to scan for a
    particular word on the current page.
  • You can copy and paste selected text into your
    local word processing program (see next two
    slides).

38
Copying Text
  • Edit, Copy
  • Right-click highlighted text
  • Makes a copy of the selected text or graphic from
    a document and places it on the Windows
    Clipboard.

39
Pasting Text
  • Edit, Paste
  • Right-click after placing your cursor
  • Places whatever is currently in the Windows
    Clipboard into your document at the point where
    your cursor is.

40
Tip - Accessing a .com site
  • Netscape makes it easy to go to a new URL
    directly.
  • If you are trying to go to a commercial site (one
    with a .com extension), all you need to do is
    type of name of the company in the Location
    Field.

41
Habit 3. Balance Yourself with Adobe Acrobat
42
What is Adobe Acrobat Reader and what is its
Importance?
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader is an application program
    that lets you view Acrobat files (known as PDF,
    or Portable Document Format files) directly
    within your browser.
  • It is extremely beneficial because it allows you
    to work with documents that arent limited to the
    restrictions of a normal Web page.

43
What is Adobe Acrobat Reader and what is its
Importance?
  • When installed on your computer (see Adobe
    installation instruction sheet), Adobe Acrobat
    Reader is launched when you either click on a PDF
    link or directly go to a PDF file.
  • For example www.agnr.umd.edu/CES/Pubs/facts
    heets.html

44
Adobe Acrobat Summary
  • PDF files are wonderful ways to reproduce pages
    with great precision.
  • Though PDF files require a proprietary viewer for
    display, they provide additional utility by
    displaying files in their original layout
    (format).
  • However, they are often very large and
    downloading them can be painful.

45
Habit 4. Be a Bookmarker
46
Using bookmarks well can be the best way to
maintain a handle on the Internet.
  • Build your bookmarks well and you will reap the
    benefits.

47
Adding a bookmark to Netscapes Bookmarks menu
  • Bring up the desired page.
  • From the Bookmarks menu, click on Add Bookmark.

48
Using a bookmark from Netscapes Bookmarks menu
  • From the Bookmarks menu, click on the desire page.

49
Mange your bookmarks well to fully benefit from
this feature.
  • From the Bookmarks menu, click on Go to Bookmarks
  • Once there, you will start to organize and sort
    your bookmarks so that you can easily access them
    when you wish.
  • Instead of a unsorted list of 50 or 100
    bookmarks, you will have a categorized listing of
    pages sorted into folders.

50
Habit 5. Think Win-win and Search Away
51
About WWW Search Engines
  • Search Engines provide the quickest and most
    complete way to find information on the Internet.
  • The result from a search engine is a Web page
    displaying a prioritized list of links to pages
    that contain the terms that you selected.

52
About WWW Search Engines
  • There are many popular search engines.
  • It is to your best advantage to try a couple of
    different search engines in order to satisfy your
    search.
  • Though how you structure your query will be
    similar among the different search engines, the
    results will differ.

53
AltaVista
  • http//altavista.digital.com/
  • AltaVista says it provides access to "31 million
    pages found on 476,000 servers, and four million
    articles from 14,000 Usenet news groups."

54
Excite
  • http//www.excite.com/
  • Excite's producers say that their NetSearch
    database is not padded by including the number of
    links embedded in indexed pages.

55
HotBot
  • http//www.hotbot.com/
  • HotBot is powered by the Inktomi search engine.
  • Databases WWW pages, Usenet news groups.

56
InfoSeek Guide
  • http//guide.infoseek.com/
  • The InfoSeek Guide database counts unique Web
    pages, not the URLs (or links) mentioned in those
    pages.
  • Databases WWW pages, Usenet news groups,
    InfoSeek Select Sites (reviewed), directory of
    companies, e-mail addresses, one month of news
    stories, FAQs

57
Lycos
  • http//www.lycos.com/
  • Lycos merges the results of its continuous WWW
    sampling into its catalog on a weekly basis.

58
WebCrawler
  • http//webcrawler.com/
  • WebCrawler allows document title and content
    searches of its submission and robot-constructed
    database. The database consists of both explored
    and unexplored Web pages.
  • Databases WWW pages

59
Yahoo! Search
  • http//search.yahoo.com/bin/search/options
  • Databases WWW pages, e-mail addresses, Usenet
    news groups.
  • Yahoo provides excellent subject indices -
    especially useful when you start exploring the
    WWW.

60
Habit 6. Change Hats - Be an Information
Provider
61
Explore the Colleges Web Site and investigate
how you can use this technology to share
information with your users.
62
Habit 7. Sharpen your Technological Saw - Practice
63
Lets explore some Web Sites and practice what we
learned.
  • FCS homepage http//www.agnr.umd.edu/ces/hom
    eec/
  • e-answers http//www.e-answers.org/
  • AGNR http//www.agnr.umd.edu
  • ADEC http//www.adec.edu
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