Northstar Learning Guide


The resources on this page will introduce you to using the World Wide Web, including how to navigate the web, using search engines and staying safe online. Using your Northstar assessment results page, locate the skills you need to improve in the left-hand column of the table. Then, follow the links in the right-hand column to access the corresponding online learning resources. Ask a librarian or your tutor/instructor if you have questions or need help.

Module 2: World Wide Web


Northstar Standard:Learning Resource:
1. Identify an Internet Service Provider and identify the main options for connecting to the internet: Dial-up, High Speed (cable or DSL), or wireless connection
  • The World Wide Web in Plain English
  • Broadband Internet
  • Connecting to the Internet
  • 2. Identify commonly used browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) and demonstrate knowledge of function
  • Getting Around on the Web - Part I
  • Getting Around on the Web - Part II
  • Browser Basics
  • 3. Identify the address bar and enter a URL address
  • Getting Around on the Web - Part II
  • 4. Identify a website
  • Getting Around on the Web - Part I
  • Getting Around on the Web - Part II
  • Finding a Website
  • 5. Identify a homepage
  • Getting Around on the Web - Part II
  • Parts of a Website
  • 6. Identify the following browser toolbar buttons and demonstrate the ability to use them: home, refresh, stop, back, forward
  • Getting Around on the Web - Part III
  • Browser Basics
  • 7. Use scroll bars to view different portions of webpages
  • Parts of a Website
  • 8. Identify a hyperlink and demonstrate the ability to use a hyperlink to access other webpages
  • Getting Around on the Web - Part III
  • Finding a Website
  • Browser Basics
  • 9. Create a new tab, open a webpage in a tab, and move between tabs
  • How to Browse the Web with Tabs
  • Browser Basics: Tabbed Browsing
  • 10. Enlarge the displayed text size
  • How to Make Text Bigger (or Smaller)
  • 11. Fill out an online form
  • How to fill out Online Forms
  • Job Application Forms
  • 12. Correctly enter reCAPTCHA security codes
  • Using reCAPTCHA, Versions 1 and 2
  • 13. Use zoom function to enlarge image (CTRL+ or CTRL-)
  • How to Make Text Bigger (or Smaller)
  • 14. Identify search engines (Google, Yahoo!, Bing) and enter search terms into the search engine
  • What is a Search Engine?
  • Basic Search
  • Search Engines and Strategies
  • Ads in Search Results
  • 15. Identify pop-up windows and close them
  • Managing Pop-Up Windows
  • 16. Confirm pop-up windows have been blocked and enable individual pop-up windows as needed
  • Managing Pop-Up Windows
  • 17. Identify common domain types: .com, .org, .gov, .edu.
  • Intro to Internet, Browsers and Search Engines
  • Internet Browser Navigation
  • Quiz: Domain Name Game
  • 18. Demonstrate knowledge that there are ways to increase Internet safety for children
  • How to Keep your Kids Safe Online
  • Managing User Accounts and Parental Controls
  • 19. Identify antivirus software providers and function of antivirus software (Norton, McAfee, AVG)
  • Protecting your Computer
  • Staying Protected from Virusesn
  • 20. Avoid providing personal or financial information unless on a secured website (https://)
  • Secure Websites in Plain English
  • Protecting your Financial Transactions