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Overview

Nowhere does the Internet offer possibilities more exciting than in the field of education. In The Internet For Teachers, 2nd Edition, technology evangelist and former middle school teacher Bard Williams shows you how to tap the Internet1s amazing potential. Beginning at the beginning, he presents a primer on what the Internet is, how it came to be, and where it1s heading. Williams demystifies modems (devices that enable computers to communicate over telephone lines) and lays out your options for obtaining Internet access, from signing up with a major online service like America Online to connecting directly through a local Internet Service Provider (ISP). Once online, software included on the book1s accompanying CD-ROM helps make using the Internet easy. You discover how to use e-mail, online chats, and "netcasts" to connect with other educators around the world, as well as how to integrate the Internet into traditional areas of study. With The Internet For Teachers, 2nd Edition, your students, too, can participate in exciting science projects such as Maya Explorer, interacting over the Internet with actual explorers as they bicycle to ancient Mayan ruins, and can go online to research subjects as easily as they now go to the public library.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781568846002
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/1995
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 7.41 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
About This Book
How to Read This Book
Conventions
Who am I talking to? (a.k.a. To whom am I speaking?)
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: Log On: The Internet in Education
Part II: Getting Wired
Part III: Internet Resource Roundup
Part IV: The Net Meets the Classroom
Part V: The Part of Tens: The Internet Educator
Part VI: Appendixes
Icons Used in This Book
Learning Link
Teacher Approved
Techno Terms
On the CD
Heads Up
Try This
Net Statistics
Warning!
Just Do It!
Feedback!

Part I: Log On: The Internet in Education

Chapter 1: What Is This Internet Thing, Anyway?
The Internet: The Textbook of Tomorrow?
What Can I Do with the Internet?
Success on the Net: A Beginner's Journey

Chapter 2: Internet Roots
Where Did It All Begin?
The Education Connection
Log Jam -- Eighties Style
The Transition Continues
History in the Making
From Roots to Rabbit Ears?

Chapter 3: Why Use the Internet in Schools?
The Internet: What Good Is It?
Six Great Reasons to Get Your Class on the Information Superhighway
The Internet presents real-world examples of integrated knowledge
The Internet facilitates collaborative learning
The Internet offers opportunities for telementoring
The Internet is all about communicating
The Internet can cater to different learners in different ways
The Internet is a culturally, racially, physically, sexually blind medium
Strategies for Convincing Your Board or Administration
Nothin' but Net?
Going to Bat for the Internet

Part II: Getting Wired

Chapter 4: Getting Started
What Do I Need?
All those chips and no place to go
Your gateway to the Net
Get with the program
A modem is a modem is a modem
You knew there was a catch!
Budgeting for Telecommunications
Getting Your Computer Ready for Connection to the Net
CyberMacintosh
Window(s) on the Net
What next?
Installing Netscape Navigator
Ready to Ride

Chapter 5: Getting Connected: You've Got Options!
Direct or Not?
Go direct
Why choose a direct connection?
Establishing a direct connection
Dial it up
SLIP or PPP
Accessing the Internet via a university network or BBS
Establishing a dial-up connection
Decisions, Decisions
Locating an IP
Going for the Bucks

Chapter 6: Wheelin' and Dealin' with Internet Service Providers
Choosing an Internet Service Provider
The Wheeler-Dealer's Top Ten Questions for an Internet Service Provider
#1 How many toll-free telephone lines do you control?
#2 How many users currently use your service?
#3 What kinds of accounts do you offer?
#4 What does establishing an account cost?
#5 How much time do I get for my monthly fee?
#6 How many and what kind of newsgroups do you carry?
#7 Can I spin my own Web(page)?
#8 How is your customer support?
#9 Do you have any special deals for educators or schools?
#10 What kinds of front-end and tool software do you supply?

Chapter 7: Online Services and the Internet
Big Plusses?
The Internet on America Online
The interface
Internet access
Content and organization
Cost
The Internet on CompuServe
The interface
Internet access
Content and organization
Cost
The Internet on Prodigy
The interface
Internet access
Content and organization
Cost
A Word about the Other Guy(s)
The Bottom Line

Chapter 8: The Right Tool for the Right Job
Batteries Included: Surfing on the Mac
Batteries Also Included: Surfing on a PC That Is Running Windows
Software That Makes Surfing Easy
E-mail
For the Macintosh
For PCs that are running Windows
Web browsers
For the Macintosh
For PCs that are running Windows
Gopher/WAIS
For the Macintosh
For PCs that are running Windows
Telnet and remote logins
For the Macintosh
For PCs that are running Windows
File transfer protocol (FTP)
For the Macintosh
For PCs that are running Windows
Hello, Archie
For the Macintosh
For PCs that are running Windows
Reading newsgroups
For the Macintosh
For PCs that are running Windows
Chatting live
For the Macintosh
For PCs that are running Windows
Graphics and sound utilities
For the Macintosh
For PCs that are running Windows
File compression and decompression
For the Macintosh
For PCs that are running Windows
Finding people
For the Macintosh
For PCs that are running Windows
All-in-one tools to use with Windows
Other cool Net tools for Macs and for PCs that are running Windows
Other Goodies!
The Future

Chapter 9: I Told You So: Net Responsibility
Controversy Knocks
The Three I's
Invite your fellow teachers and community members to sample the water
Introduce a set of guidelines
Integrate
InternEthics
Take out a contract on your kids

Part III: Internet Resource Roundup

Chapter 10: E-Mail: You'll Get Hooked!
What Is E-Mail?
What can I do with e-mail?
Okay! I'm convinced! What do I need to do first?
What's my address?
Can we talk?
Mail anatomy
Sending and Receiving E-Mail
Sending and receiving Internet mail via an online service
Sending and receiving Internet mail via a university/UNIX network
Internet 101 Eudora Light
Sending mail with Eudora Light
Getting organized
Receiving and reading a message with Eudora Light
Using Netscape Navigator for E-Mail
Worldwide Shopping Basket

Chapter 11: More E-Mail Tricks
Automating Internet Access
Finding Your Friends on the Net
Requesting a teacher contact list
Fingering other users
Operating a knowbot
Using Netfind
Finding Folks with Yahoo!
Sending and Receiving Files via E-Mail
The file is on the way!
Incoming!
Sorry, Wrong Number
A Netiquette Do's and Don'ts Primer
Do create a custom electronic signature message for yourself or your school
Don't send anything through e-mail that you wouldn't write on your classroom chalkboard
Don't flame
Do talk to your students about what's appropriate to send via e-mail
Don't type in all CAPITAL letters
Emoticons: That Internet Feeling
Running Out of Space

Chapter 12: Mailing Lists-R-Us
What Is a Mailing List?
Joining a mailing list
You are confirmed!
Finding a mailing list
Posting to a Mailing List
The posting address
Stop the mail, I wanna get off!
The Topic Police
Mail Storm
Your First Subscription

Chapter 13: Be a NewsGroupie
What Is a Newsgroup?
Finding a Newsgroup
Read All about It
NewsWatcher
Nuzzling up to NewsWatcher or other newsreaders
Reading newsgroups with NewsWatcher or other newsreaders
Post it!
Start Spreadin' the News with Netscape Navigator
Accessing newsgroups with Navigator
Subscribing using Navigator
Newsgroup Playground Rules
Saving Your Job
Extra, Extra! Read These Newsgroups!

Chapter 14: Gophers and Other Net-Rodents
What Is Gopher?
What good stuff can I find with Gopher?
Accessing Gopherspace
Gopherspace tools
Internet 101: TurboGopher and other Gopher clients
Let's go gophering!
Getting around in Gopherspace
Bookmarkin' with the Gopher
Accessing Gopher through an online service
Searching Gopherspace
Veronica's honey, Archie
WAIS to Make Your Life Easier
Finding your WAIS (software)
More ways to get information about WAIS
Gopher Information about Colleges

Chapter 15: Jumping into the World Wide Web (WWW)
What Is the Web?
Web nuts and bolts
How do I jump on the Web?
Meet URL
Netscape Navigator
Fetching your free copy of Netscape Navigator
Connecting to the World Wide Web via Netscape Navigator
Saving the cool stuff
Navigating the tangled Web
How not to get caught in the Web
Great places for a first visit
Germs-r-us

Chapter 16: I Want My FTP!
Files for Almost Nothin'
What can I do with FTP?
FTP: The basics
FTP on online services
FTP via Netscape Navigator
Finding Files on the Internet: Meet Archie!
ExSqueeze Me?
Capturing the Flag

Chapter 17: Using Other People's Computers: Telnet
What Is Telnet?
What Can I Do with Telnet?
Internet 101: NCSA Telnet
Great Telnet Spots
Go Ask ERIC

Chapter 18: IRC Techno-Talk Shows
IRC: Chatter at 28.8
Live Chat via an Online Service
Internet 101: IRCle
Finding a Place to Chat
A Bit about MOOs and MUDs
What's a MOO?
Playing in the MUD
A Meeting of the Minds

Chapter 19: New Net Tools and New Issues
What's an Intranet?
What Is HTML?
New Issues, New Challenges
Addressing Tough Internet Challenges
Too-tough URLs
Telephonus interruptus
Porno pandemonium
High tech or high touch?
Gender-centric
One-way street
Lost in the mall
Warp Ten on the Info Highway
What's Java?
Getting shocked
Audio-R-Us
Motion on the Net
Phone home
Conferencing

Part IV: The Net Meets the Classroom

Chapter 20: CyberTeachers, CyberLearners
Planning an Online Experience
Students Online: Managing Time, Materials, and Students
Special Needs Students and the Internet
Staff Development and the Internet
Evaluation and the Internet

Chapter 21: CyberJourneys: Learning Expeditions into the Net
A CyberJourney for K - 5
A CyberJourney for 6 - 8
A CyberJourney for 9 - 12
A CyberJourney for College Students and Educators
CyberPlanning for the Teacher
A CyberJourney for Your School

Chapter 22: Building Your Own Web
How Do I Weave a Web Page?
Bodacious ideas
Design and conquer
What tools do I use?
Finding a home for your page
Why Web?

Part V: The Part of Tens: The Internet Educator

Chapter 23: Ten (-Plus) Ideas for E-Mail Exchanges
Survey Says . . .
News Hounds
Olympic Proportions
Play "Guess Where"
Story Starters
Gleaming the Cube
Newsletter Swap
Things That Go Bump
Multimedia Mania
Send a Letter to the President
Interview a Senior Citizen
Start a Lesson Plan Chain Letter
A Few More Ideas from Other Net-Teachers

Chapter 24: Ten (and More) Mailing Lists Not to Miss!
TESL-L
COSNDISC
ALA
CURRICUL
MEDIALIST
K12ADMIN
KIDLINK
SPEDTALK
LM_NET
Y-RIGHTS
GC-L
EDTECH
IECC
SUPER K-12
NET-RESOURCES
EDUPAGE
Bonus: Ten Great Mailing Lists for Students

Chapter 25: Ten Groups of Newsgroups Any Educator Could Love
About Your Computer
Newsgroups, Gopher Sites, and WAIS Servers
Graduate Work
Online Projects
General Groups for Educators and Students
Back to Basics
Miscellaneous
alt. Groups

Chapter 26: Ten Gopher Sites
The Weather Machine
Ask ERIC
NASA (Marshall)
U.S.D.O.E.
The White House
Dana College Campus Gopher
Canada's SchoolNet
Disability Information
National Center on Adult Literacy
ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation (Washington, D. C.)
National Center for Adult Literacy
More Great Gophers

Chapter 27: Ten Great FTP Sites
Visit the Smithsonian
Check Out Stanford University
Make Some Music
Get Stock Prices, Not Quite Live
FTP and Me
The Net on the Net
Tons of Mac Files
Tons of Files for DOS and Windows
Get Cookin'
Supreme Court Rulings
Que Pasa?
Map of the Net
Voice of America

Chapter 28: Ten Great Educational Telnet Targets
Media and Reference
Science
History and Geography
Sports and P.E.
Economics and Mathematics
General Educational Interest

Chapter 29: Ten Educational and Reference Web Sites Not to Miss
Educational Sites
Apple Computer Education Page
Earthquakes
Genome
LiveText: K - 12 Resources
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
The NSF Grants Database
The Planets
United States Department of Education
Virtual Frog Dissection Kit
Vose School Educational Resources
Virtual Museums
Web66
What's Hot and Cool
Reference Sites
ArchNet
CIA
Complete Works of Shakespeare
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
EdWeb
Library Resources
Periodic Table
The Scoop Children's Book Review
TENET
University of California Museum of Paleontology
Weather Map

Chapter 30: Ten (and More) Sites That Are Educational, Interesting, Fun, or Great Places to Begin
Learning and Reference
Just Plain Fun!
Jumping-Off Points

Part VI: Appendixes

Appendix A: When Things Go Wrong
The Internet
Is it busy, or is it dead?
Picture pains
Troubleshooting the Hardware
It's dark in here!
Crash and burn
Troubleshooting the Software
Undeliverable mail
Network nasties
The Modem and the Phone Line
Custom calling features
Can't connect
Noisy things
Phone extension roulette
Moving too slowly
No dial tone

Appendix B: Glossary

Appendix C: International Schools on the WWW
Australia
Belgium
Bermuda
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Luxembourg
Macau
Malaysia
Marshall Islands
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkey
United Kingdom
Virgin Islands
Higher Education

Appendix D: About the CD

Index

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