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Computers & the Internet
Is technology important for student-learning? Watch this video called "Pay Attention" and you can make up your own mind.
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Internet Explorer: Download the free update of Internet Explorer 7 at this website. It has a new option of "Tabs" that make working online much easier.
Java: To get a free copy of the Java software to run a lot of my activities, click on this free download link. You need this software to run a lot of games and activities on my website.
Shockwave: To get a free copy of Shockwave software, click on this free download link. A lot of games require this software.
Mozilla Firefox: Internet Explorer is the most often used browser by Internet users. However, I've been using Mozilla Firefox and keep hearing wonderful things about it. It can be downloaded for free and only takes a few minutes. Try it out. Click here to go to their free download site.
pdf: You can copy a website page and save it as a pdf file by using the free software from cutepdf.com Click on this link and download the free software.
Anti-virus software: Protect your computer. Install an anti-virus software and set it to run every day. Download this free version of AVG (that I use). It is just over 31 megabytes and will take a few minutes (depending on the speed of your modem & internet connection). You may be asked to uninstall any other anti-virus programs first (probably McAfree or Norton) before you install the AVG software.
Spyware or Adware: If you have warnings popping up on your computer claiming that you have spyware or porn, then your computer is sick and needs treatment. It has Adware or Spyware on it. How it got there isn't important. What is important is that it is removed. Dowload this free software and run it. It will find the nasty stuff and you can start the "healing" process.
What is malware? Visit this Microsoft website to read more about trojan horses, viruses, worms, adware, spyware, rootkits, and more. Read about how it gets there and what you should do about it. Or, visit wikipedia's entry on malware. Or, visit Tech-FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) to learn all about malware and the assorted attacks on your computer that you might face if going online.
1. Use antivirus software and set it to run daily
2. Run Windows updates and set it to update automatically
3. Only install licensed software that you trust
4. Do not open email if you don’t recognize the sender
5. Avoid disreputable websites
6. Never click on a pop-up ad or banner ad
7. Be careful which sites you give your credit card number to
8. Never tell anyone your passwords
For help in these and other areas, visit a .gov website with lots of links to online privacy help: Online Privacy
1. Free Play Music has lots of free (uncopyrighted) music to download onto your computer.
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unknown words: If there's a word or acronym that you don't recognize, then here's the place to go. Click on one of these glossaries to find the answer. Glossary #1, or Glossary #2, or Glossary #3, or Glossary #4, or Glossary #5 CNET
Runtime Error - An error that occurs during
the execution of a program.
For advice and help regarding these errors, go to this link by Registry Cleaner Review.com
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Copy: Hold down CTRL and press C
Cut: Hold down CTRL and press X
Paste: Hold down CTRL and press V
Pop-up advertisements: You can block these. Click on Internet Explorer. Click on Tools. Click on Internet Options. Click on the Privacy tab. Click in the little box that says "Turn on Pop-up Blocker."
Enlarge the text: You can make the text on your computer appear larger by holding downt he CTRL key and scrolling the wheel on your mouse.
Find: You can find a word on any page. Hold down the CTRL and press the F key. Type in the word you're looking for and press Enter.
Http:// You don't need to type this part of a URL (Universal Resource Locater) into the website box.
Browser plug-ins: If you try to look at something online and it tells you that you need a specific software, then go to the main website for it. Here are some typical programs that you need and can get for free online: Real Player, Flash Player, Shockwave Player, Adobe Reader, Active X Control,
More is better: If you'd like to have Google list 30 sites (instead of 10) on each page, then go to Google. click on Preferences. Change the Number of Results section from 10 to 30. Click on Save Preferences.
Tabs: To save time, you can open multiple tabs from one Google search. Hold down the CTRL key and click on any links you'd like opened in other tabs. It'll open each, and you can look at them at your leisure.
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Play this game to see how well you know Google: 10 Questions.
You can be very specific in the kinds of websites that are listed in your search. Type what you see below and add your word or words:
inurl:spiders This will find any sites that have "spiders" in the URL
intitle:spiders This will find any sites that have "spiders" in the title of the page
intitle:spider intitle:webs This will find any sites that have "spider" and "webs" in the title of a page
spiders inurl:edu This will find any .edu sites that have "spiders" in the URL
spiders inurl:org This will find any .org sites that have "spiders in the URL
spiders inurl:gov This will find any .gov sites that have "spiders" in the URL
define:spider This will find any definitions of your word.
link:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider This will find all sites that link to a specific site.
1. Do you want to practice your keyboarding. Then visit this site that has lots of links.
2. How to type tutorial
3. Type Masta
4. Meteor typing
5. Typing of the Ghosts
6. Pop the Bubbles Typing
7. Treasure dive typing
8. Spacebar Invaders typing
9. Alphattack typing
10. Type the hidden words
11. Type as a news reporter
Free Tutoring on the Internet
1. Lessons on navigating the Internet (by AARP)
2. Learn the net: mini-courses, games, and quizzes to help you learn about the Internet
3. Internet 101
4. Welcome to the Web (by teachingideas.com)
5. BBC's guide to learning to use the Internet
6. Take this quiz on computer terms.
Spanish language Internet sites
2. CNN en espanol
3. Internet Safety (en espanol)
4. Telemundo (Yahoo)
5. Amazon.com en espanol
7. Links to lots of websites en espanol (by Internet4classrooms.com). Here are some of this website's links:
Check out some new ideas about technology.