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Northstar Learning Guide: Module 2: World Wide Web

This guide contains instructional materials designed to help learners build the basic computer skills defined by the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessments.

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Module 2: World Wide Web

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.


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.

2. Identify commonly used browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) and demonstrate knowledge of function.
3. Identify the address bar and enter a URL address.
4. Identify a website.
5. Identify a homepage.
6. Identify the following browser toolbar buttons and demonstrate the ability to use them: home, refresh, stop, back, forward
7. Use scroll bars to view different portions of webpages
8. Identify a hyperlink and demonstrate the ability to use a hyperlink to access other webpages.
9. Create a new tab, open a webpage in a tab, and move between tabs.
10. Enlarge the displayed text size
11. Fill out an online form.
12. Correctly enter CAPTCHA security codes.  
13. Use zoom function to enlarge image (CTRL+ or CTRL-)
14. Identify search engines (Google, Yahoo!, Bing) and enter search terms into the search engine.
15. Identify pop-up windows and close them.
16. Identify pop up windows have been blocked and enable individual pop up windows as needed
17. Identify common domain types: com, org, gov, edu.
18. Demonstrate knowledge that there are ways to increase Internet safety for children.
19. Identify antivirus software providers and function of antivirus software (Norton, McAfee, AVG).
20. Avoid providing personal or financial information unless on a secured website (https://)