Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

The Best Sites To Learn About The Internet


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This “The Best…” list is designed to provide English Language Learners and others with relatively accessible information about “what the Internet is.”

It’s a “sister list” to:

The Best Eleven Websites For Students To Learn About Computers

The Best Places To Learn Computer Basics & How To Fix Tech Problems

The Best Sites For Learning Online Safety

Here are my choices for The Best Sites To Learn About The Internet (and are accessible to ELL’s):

Animated Video On The History Of The Internet

State Of The Internet 2009 Infographic

A Day In The Internet Infographic

If You Printed The Internet Infographic

10 Revealing Infographics about the Web

Mapping The Growth Of The Internet, an interactive from the BBC

Superpower: Exploring the Extraordinary Power Of The Internet, also from the BBC

The Virtual Revolution from the BBC

State of The Internet is an animated video (different from the previous video with the same name)

Internet 2009 in numbers

Here are several infographics from the Pew Center

Here’s a Newsweek article from 1995 predicting the Internet would fail

Internet Access Is A Human Right is an activity specifically designed for English Language Learners from Breaking News English.

Internet access is ‘a fundamental right’ is from the BBC.

How The Web Works is a slideshow from the BBC.

The History and Evolution of Email is a nice infographic.

Top 10 YouTube Videos About The Web is a post from Read Write Web. It’s an impressive collection. Even though they’ll be blocked at most schools, it might be worth downloading some to show (see The Best Ways To Access Educational YouTube Videos At School).

Internet Usage Around The Globe is an accessible infographic showing….Internet usage around the world.

Arabic in First Non-English Web Addresses is a great new lesson from English Language Learners from Breaking News English.

Internet Usage in America by Household is the title of an infographic with some useful information.

Internet Addiction – A Growing Problem is a lesson for English Language Learners from Breaking News English.

Are We Addicted To The Internet? is an infographic with some thought-provoking data.

“How The World Spends Its Time Online” is an accessible infographic with some interesting data.

The Voice of America tells the history of the Internet and provides audio support for the text.

Internet Censorship is the title of an infographic showing countries that censor the Internet the most.

“Facts About The Internet” is an infographic that gives fifteen interesting…facts about the Internet

The Internet! is an infographic sharing a fair amount of the information on…the Internet in an accessible way.

“Our Connected World” is an infographic with some interesting information about Internet usage around the world.

15 Facts About Net Neutrality is an infographic.

History of the Internet is another infographic.

The Internet In 2010 is a very interesting infographic from The Make Use Of blog.

The Internet: Infographic is an….infographic showing Web statistics from around the world.

A people’s history of the internet: from Arpanet in 1969 to today is an interactive from The Guardian.

From the first email to the first YouTube video: a definitive internet history is a very interesting article, also from The Guardian.

“Chinese: The New Dominant Language Of The Internet” is an infographic comparing and contrasting the most used languages on the Internet.

“The State Of The Internet: Summing Up 2010” is an infographic with some pretty amazing statistics.

“10 Fascinating Facts About E-mail” is a surprisingly interesting post from Mashable.

“What Is Internet, Anyway?” is a compilation of television clips from the 1990’s explaining the Internet. It’s not to be missed. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About The Internet.

How Does Age Affect Web Use? is an infographic.

World Internet Use by Language is another infographic.

Freedom on the Net 2011 shows the levels of Internet freedom around the world on an interactive map.

60 Seconds on the Web represents everything that happens on the Internet every minute.

Here’s a 1969 video imagining today’s Internet:

State Of The Internet 2011 is a pretty darn impressive interactive infographic telling you everything you would want to know about the Internet in the world today.

Internet of Yesterday & Today: 1996 vs. 2011 is an infographic.

How open is your internet? An interactive map is from The Guardian showing a world map and the levels of free Internet access in each country.

Have you ever wondered how people in the 1960’s might have been able to search the Internet if it existed?

Probably not, but an Austrian Web developer has, and created the “Google 60: Search Mad Men Style” site which simulates what the experience might have been like.

Try it out. You can also read more about it at Read Write Web.

The Big Internet Museum is all about the history of the…Internet.

One Second On The Internet is a pretty cool infographic.

Facebook Announces Potentially Exciting Effort To Expand Internet Access — I Hope They’re Serious

What happens in an internet minute?
Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

5 Fascinating Graphs That Show How We Use the Internet is from TIME.

25 years of the World Wide Web – An infographic by the team at CWCS

A partial history of the open web, in snakes and ladders form is from The Guardian.

TED-ED has a new video (and accompanying lesson) on “What Is The World Wide Web?”

The Internet in Real-Time show how much data is generated each second.

40 maps that explain the internet is from Vox.

Then and Now - 45 Years of Internet Access


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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Thanks for these sites. They are all really useful and will help anyone and everyone! I think I’m computer literate enough, but sometimes I need help too.

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