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The prototype for the World Wide Web was created in 1990.
|Grades||3 – 8|
|Calendar Activity Type||Historical Figure & Event|
Tim Berners-Lee shared his original prototype for an Internet browser that would allow people to share information by using a special mark-up language to post text, link to other documents, and display graphic images.
Birthdays are a great time for looking at pictures from years past. Look at past images of the World Wide Web by taking your students to the WayBack Machine. The WayBack Machine indexes billions of webpages, showing how they have changed over the years. Have your students brainstorm a few websites to explore, and then look at how they have changed by viewing older versions. Students will enjoy comparing webpages and thinking about how they have changed over the years.
In today's world, it is important to teach children about Internet safety. This site provides engaging resources for parents, educators, and kids.
- Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet
This site traces the development of the Internet from a tool for science and government to a tool for businesses. Make sure to also check out Triumph of the Nerds, a companion website for the PBS television special Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires.
- Tim Berners-Lee
Visit the webpage of the inventor of the World Wide Web. You can read about his background, his original plans for the Web, and his latest projects.
- The Journey Ahead: Thirteen Teachers Report How the Internet Influences Literacy and Literacy Instruction in Their K-12 Classrooms
This resource summarizes a study on the influence of the Internet on literacy instruction.
Activities & Projects
Grades 9 – 12 | Activity & Project
After exploring online names, teens choose a screen name or e-mail address for themselves and decide what is a safe online profile.
Tips & How-To's
Grades 6 – 12 | Tip & How-To
By teaching teens some basic guidelines about online safety, you can help make sure the time they spend online is safe.
Grades 6 – 12 | Printout | Learning New Skills
Use these tips to talk about information teens can usually share safely in online profiles. Talk about how the tips also apply to blogs, e-mail, and instant messages (IMs).