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:
Here are my choices for The Best Sites To Learn About The Internet (and are accessible to ELL’s)
Mapping The Growth Of The Internet, an interactive from the BBC
State of The Internet is an animated video (different from the previous video with the same name)
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.
Arabic in First Non-English Web Addresses is a great new lesson from English Language Learners from Breaking News English.
Internet Addiction – A Growing Problem is a lesson for English Language Learners from Breaking News English.
“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.
“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.
From the first email to the first YouTube video: a definitive internet history is a very interesting article, also from The Guardian.
“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.
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:
Internet of Yesterday & Today: 1996 vs. 2011 is an infographic.
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.
5 Fascinating Graphs That Show How We Use the Internet is from TIME.
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?”
40 maps that explain the internet is from Vox.
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