Module 1 - Internet and Email




PART 1 - Computers, The Internet, and Email


An overview of basic computer concepts, including troubleshooting tips, is followed by an introduction to the World Wide Web and web-based Email. Concepts such as information literacy, online copyright, and cyber safety are introduced. Participants learn strategies to share with their students.


Welcome Activity

Overview of Basic Teacher Technology Certification 2009

Basic Computer Concepts
  • Player Piano Video
  • Basic Computer Concepts
  • Basic Computer Usage Quiz
  • Computer (Article in Wikipedia)
  • Hardware
    • Input: Keyboard, Mouse, Microphone, Other Devices, and Network Connections
    • Output: Monitor, Speakers, Printers, Other Devices, and Network Connections
  • Turning the Computer On and Off (And Restarting)
  • Navigating the Graphical User Interface (GUI)
  • Navigating the File System
  • A Word About the Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • Point and Click, Click and Drag (or Drag and Drop)
  • Cut and Paste, Copy and Paste
  • Select, Select Continuous, Select Non-Continuous, Select All
  • Opening and Closing Applications (and Files)
  • Creating Files and Folders (Including Naming and Renaming)
  • Removable Media: CDs, DVDs, USB Flash Drives (Including Naming and Renaming)
  • Peripherals: Printers, Scanners, Digital Cameras, iPods, etc. (Ports, Drivers, & Software)
  • Keyboard Shortcuts: Windows, Mac

Troubleshooting Tips
  • Startup
  • Search
  • Close and Reopen Files
  • Force Quit Applications
  • Restart Computer
  • Internet Connection
  • Printing
  • Other Devices
  • RAM and Harddisk Space
  • The Troubleshooting Mindset
    • Trial and Error
    • Follow the problem... ("Where does this go?" or "Where does this come from?")
    • What's different?
    • Look It Up
    • Ask For Help (Face-to-Face or Online)
  • Troubleshooting Tips


The World Wide Web
  • The Internet
  • The World Wide Web
  • Overview of Web Browsers
  • A Word About The Read/Write Web, or The Web 2.0
    • Blog - An easily created, easily updated "web log" that allows comments and subscriptions.
    • Wiki - A website that visitors can edit, which also has a history of revisions and areas for discussion forums.
    • Podcasts - An online audio or video "show" with multiple episodes... very like a blog with audio or video.
    • Social Network - An online community that allows members to create a profile, connect with other members, and share images, video, blog posts, discussion forums, applications and much more.
    • And more in Module 5...

Web-Based Email
  • Introduction to email
  • LBUSD Outlook Web Access (OWA)
  • Compose, Send, and Receive
  • To, Cc, Bcc
  • Attachments
  • More Features...
  • See also the Netiquette Wiki
  • Activity: Visit the LBUSD website, download the logo, and send it to the instructor as an attachment. mark@edtechlife.com

Information Literacy
  • The Big 6 - Don't miss the Super 3!
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Who Is Search - To determine who owns a website. (You can also use about pages, bios, FAQs, and other information on the site.)
  • Find out who is linking to the site - Google "link:webaddress.com" where webaddress.com is the site you're evaluating.
  • The "information literate" mindset:
    • Google it! (More on search techniques in Part 2 below.) Check out http://www.letmegooglethatforyou.com/ to make a point!
    • Who is the author/publisher? Are they an authority on the subject? What is their bias?
    • Can you check their sources? Or can you verify the information on other authoritative sources - or multiple sources?
    • Does this information fit well with your own knowledge and understanding? Does it mesh with your network of information sources?
    • Build a collection of "trusted sources."
  • Activity: Who owns the following websites and are they reputable sources of information? How do you know?
    • lbusd.org
    • martinlutherking.org
    • edtechlife.org
    • this wiki

Online Copyright

Alternative Copyrights

Cyber Safety

Reflection Activity



PART 2 - Web-Based Applications


Building on the previous introduction to the world wide web, this session introduces a wide variety of advanced search techniques and collaborative tools. Participants will learn how these things can impact teaching and learning - and their own professional development. Participants will also begin a proof-of-concept project for module 1.

Welcome Activity

Search Techniques ("21st Century Skills")






Collaborative Tools

Proof-of-Concept Project

Reflection Activity



Additional Resources


Module 1 2007 Archive