Introduction to the Information Superhighway (Internet)
Keywords associated with the Internet 
Searching the Internet

Educational Sites
Viewing & Saving Graphics On The Internet
Creating Your Own Webpage
What Makes Up A Webpage
Viewing Source Code
HTML Examples

ntroduction to the Internet

The Internet is a worldwide network of networks that allows us, the users, to Inter-Relate, Communicate, and Educate. Think of it as a system of roads, freeways, and bridges. All computer users connected to this "network of networks" is what makes up the Internet. The Internet itself does not store information. It is a slight misstatement to say that something was found on the Internet. It should be said that something was found through or by using the Internet.

The Internet was originated by the US Department of Defense in 1960's. This was to keep military, universities, and defense contractors linked together in the event of war. In the early days, what we call the Internet was then known as ARPANet (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network). Educational Institutions joined in on the Internet Band-Wagon in the early 1980's. According to
Global Reach there are an estimated 322 million users online.

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Main Keywords Associated With The Internet
  • Web Browser

    • Web Browsers are programs you use to view the Internet. There are two main Web Browsers, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Netscape Navigator. The program we will be using to view the Internet is Microsoft Internet Explorer.

  • Website vs. Webpage

    • A Website is a place within the Internet that contains multiple "Webpages". For example the Bay City Public Schools is a "Website", while this Internet Tutorial Page you are viewing is a "Webpage".

  • URL

    • URL is the address of a website or webpage. The URL for the main BC Schools website is This is the address that you would type in the address bar at the top of Internet Explorer to go to BC School's main page.

  • HTML

    • HTML is an Internet programming language that is used to create webpages. Most pages you see on the Internet are HTML pages.

  • Hyperlink

    • A Hyperlink is a string of text or a picture that takes you to another part of a webpage or another website/webpage. It is nothing more than a transport to somewhere else. Hyperlinks are usually a different font color and are underlined. You can notice a hyperlink by scrolling your mouse over the words and/or pictures and viewing

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Searching the Internet

There are many search engines throughout the Internet that allow you to type in a word or phrase to search millions of websites. Below are a list of the most popular search engines found on the Internet. Simply click on the title of each search engine to go to that site.
  • Yahoo!

    • You can browse Yahoo! by simply clicking on the various categories listed on each page. You can also search Yahoo! by entering a word (or, a few words) into the search box that appears on every page in the directory. Combine the two strategies and you can "browse and then search" or "search and then browse."

  • Altavista

    • Altavista is a popular search engine that you can browse by simply entering in text and/or text phrase on what you are looking for. Altavista also allows you to search by category.

  • Infoseek

    • Infoseek works much the same as Yahoo! and Altavista. You can select categories, and/or search by keyword or phrases.

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Educational Sites

Below is a extensive list of education sites found on the Internet. At the time this page was created all sites work. If you notice any broken sites (sites that do not connect) please let us know. Also, if you have any suggestions on some good educational sites that would benefit other users, we would be more than happy to add them to the list. Contact Cheryl Quade at

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Viewing & Saving Graphics On The Interne

Graphical images make your web page come alive. Images give personality and pizzazz to your site. Graphics viewed on the web come from two different types of files,( .jpg and .gif) . JPG pictures are more compressed whereas GIF files show more detail and in some cases show animation. GIF files also allow for transparent backgrounds.

JPG Graphic GIF Animation Graphic GIF Transparent Graphic
JPG Graphic GIF Animation Graphic With Transparency
GIF Transparent Graphic

Without Transparency
GIF w/o Transparency Graphic

  • Saving Graphics Off The Internet

    1. Move your mouse over the image you want to save
    2. Right click on your mouse
    3. Select Save Picture As..

    1. Save it to the folder you desire
    2. Click Save

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Creating Your Own Webpage

Once you become familiar with the internet, the next step is to create your own webpage. Creating your own webpage can be very beneficial to you as an educator. One good reason to create your own webpage would be to create a lesson plan or a class webpage for students to view from home. Webpages can be created in various programs such as Microsoft Frontpage. You can also use Windows Notepad to create a webpage. After you type in your code for your webpage, you need to save it as an HTML file.

After you save you file you can bring it up in your web browser.