'Internet!' photo (c) 2013, Lars Zimmermann - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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)

A Day In The Internet Infographic

10 Revealing Infographics about the Web

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)

Internet 2009 in numbers

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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.


Then and Now - 45 Years of Internet Access


Infographic: A Minute on the Internet in 2019 | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

Infographic: How Many Websites Are There? | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista


Here’s What Happens Every Minute on the Internet in 2020 is a graphic from Visual Capitalist.

Infographic: “The 50 Most Visited Websites in the World”

This one is from Visualizing the Most Used Languages on the Internet:

Infographic: Disconnected: 2.9 Billion People Still Offline | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista


This infographic comes from Visual Capitalist, and you can see a bigger version there.

Video: Amazing 1974 Interview With Science Fiction Writer Arthur C. Clarke


Infographic Of The Week: “The Top 50 Most Visited Websites in the World”

Infographic: ” Ranked: The World’s Top 25 Websites in 2023″

Internet Artifacts is an online history of the Internet.

See what the internet looked like on November 8th, 2013 is from Neal.Fun.


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