Welcome to the Web

Age Range: 7 - 11

Welcome to the Web

"Welcome to the Web" is an interactive set of web pages which can be used to teach children (and adults) about the Internet. They can be used in the classroom / computer room and children are welcome to explore them as they wish (although they have been designed to use in sequence).

The resources are in split into seven sections:

  1. The Beginning - explains how to use the site.
  2. Getting Started Online - teaches children about the basic concepts involved in the Internet (World Wide Web, Hyperlinks, Back button etc). This introductory lesson also gives valuable practice in visiting and navigating around web sites.
  3. Staying Safe - encourages pupils to keep themselves safe online by following the SMART rules. Also tests their understanding usign interactive activities and fun quizzes.
  4. Using Your Browser - helps people to learn more about their web browsers... what are the different features and how are they used?
  5. Searching Online - teaches children how to search effectively, and keep themselves safe when doing so. Also identifies search engines which are particularly suitable for children to use.
  6. Trying Top Tricks - finding information on the net is great, but it is also important to know how that information can be used. This section explains about printing, using the Find tool to locate specific information within web pages, copying and pasting text, and saving images from the web. Also includes information about copyright and why it is important to credit others when you use their work.
  7. The Welcome to the Web Challenge - When the children have completed all of the sections of Welcome to the Web, they can complete this exciting challenge. It requires them to use all of the skills which they have learnt to catch the creator of a destructive computer virus!

When visitors complete the challenge, they are able to print a personalised certificate to show their competence in using the Internet.


Each section (except the Challenge) has worksheets which, although not compulsory, can be used to direct children's attention to important parts of the resources and to test their knowledge. The worksheets can be downloaded when you start each section. Teachers can download the entire set of worksheets below.

The answers are not included with the worksheets. It would be advisable that any teachers wishing to use the resources with children, use them before the lesson (and thus work out the answers for themselves beforehand!).

The Welcome to the Web resources can be found at:

www.w2tw.uk

The Welcome to the Web resources have taken a very long time to create. I would love to hear your comments about them, and if you have used them in school at all. Did the children enjoy them? What did they learn?

Comments can be sent to [email protected].


Additional Resources:

  • Chris Thomas has created an additional worksheet which children can use when working through Section 2 of the site. See the 'Surfing the Web' sheet below.
  • Monique Cote has created a 'Jeopardy'-style game based on the concepts in Welcome to the Web. When you play the Powerpoint presentation, a board of money choices appears. Click on one of the choices to view a question. When the students have chosen their answer, clicking on the spider rectangle will reveal the answer. You can then click on the large arrow to go back to the money choices. A printable game card is also available, so you can record which questions have been answered.
  • Jane Harvey has submitted an additional set of questions to help children review what they have learned in the 'Staying Safe Online' section.
  • Kari Milton has created a badge that students can earn by completing the Welcome to the Web challenge. They have to share a photo of their evidence sheet, their certificate and a reflection of what they enjoyed and learned from the process. Kari's badge can be viewed on the Badgelist site. Could you try a similar activity with your students?

Web Challenge Badge

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Minimummary

Just what I have been looking for. Thank you!

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Meera

excellent !! would love to show it to my students.thanx.

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Carl Washiington

Thank you for the wonderful teach.

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Carl Washiington

This help alot of of folks like me on learning fundamentals of characters selected on screen.

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Kstordahl

This is fun and educational way to learn about the Internet. Thanks so much, also my students are learning about the United Kingdom, adding to their background knowledge

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Lori

Back again!  Must be 5-6 years!  Great resource.  Thank you!

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Berman Dry

I use this resource every year with my third graders as an intro to the web. Thank you so much for keeping it updated.

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Suzanne CAsey

I have been using this site for years (even prior to the makeover) with my 3rd grade students -- I love it and so do they. Keep up the great work!

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aleewell

I use this website with our third grade computer class.  They really like the website and it's very informative and fun.  Thank you for creating this website.

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Cosmith

I love this site but some of my students need to hear it and we don't see a blue play button.

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Mark Warner

The play buttons use Flash in order to work. Is this available on your computers?

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ranny

I love, love this site! Just found it as I'm a second year computer teacher. It has everything and more that my students need.Thank you for creating and updating it!! Keep up the wonderful work.

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lo

I just came acros this site, I am about to use it with my third graders.I think is is great teaching tool.Thanks alot

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J Esz

I have used this website for a number of years with my fourth grade classes. I does an excellent job of covering a number of subjects. The students love it, and always come away with something, even if they have used the Internet a lot before. I am so grateful it is maintained and kept up to date. I count on it every year!

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mm

I have used your excellent activity with my 4th, 5th, and 6th grade computer classes for several years. I sincerely appreciate your hard work in making it available to us! I have my students work in teams of 2-3 to teach collaboration skills during the lessons. This year I made a "fillable" PDF form out of the worksheets to save ink/paper and to give them practice with online forms. I used the free online site PDFescape to make the forms and then we view them in the free-to-download Foxit viewer (adobe will not save partially filled forms). The team members take turns being the web "researcher" and the "data keeper". The students learn great web basics and like to have the pages "read" to them with the UK accent. They especially enjoy the final challenge activity! Thank you again!

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Kelly Farrow

I've been using WTTW with my third- and fourth graders this year. It's been excellent to see such a comprehensive digital citizenship curriculum. Unlike some that focus on a specific topic, like cyberbullying, WTTW covers all the bases and brings up topics (copying and pasting, for example) most other curricula skip right over. Outstanding!!! All the effort you put into it is abundantly clear.

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ashton

i am a student who had the privilege of using this site to learn i really enjoyed it and it was fun to use

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jesus

thank you so much for an awesome resource. I will be using this in my classroom.

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Hyatt

I have been using this to teach all the third graders in my school about the internet for the past 5 years. It is very informative and the kids love doing it. Once the update came out it just got even better. Keep up the GREAT work!!

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Sarah Davies

I am so excited about using this with my class! Thank you

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Naomi Lewis

This is an incredible tutorial. I am a teacher in Pasadena California USA and I teach technology skills to grades K-5, and I plan to use this with my 4th and 5th graders to start. I was looking for resources on the internet to create a lessons on Intro to the Internet, and also on Internet Safety and I came upon this tutorial. It includes everything I wanted in the lessons, it the lessons are engaging, and the assessments are just right! Thank you so much for this resource. Any student that completes it will have received a great benefit about learning about the internet and internet safety.

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SBarron

Thank you for such a great resource to teach students how to navigate through the web! I appreciate that all the links still work! Very much appreciated!

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Janis

I have been using this website for many years and attribute much of the knowledge my students gain from using it. I am so very thankful for those of you that participated in the creation of this website and hope to be able to use it for many years to come.

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bwilson

This is a fantastic resource, thank you! Just what I've been looking for!

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K-5TechTeacher

I have used this website with my fourth and fifth graders. Former students have told me that it was their favorite project of the year. Thank you so very much for creating it!

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theresa church

Thank you for maintaining this site. I've been using it for several years with my sixth graders. Even though they're at the upper edge of your target age group they benefit so much. It's easy for them to navigate independently and even the most experienced Internet user learns something new.

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Lauren

This website is so great! Sometimes, I supplement with worksheets that I have created, but I love how everything links off each page. It's almost like the students can stay within the window and just progress and facilitate the learning on their own time. I like that their are recordings for students that may need additional help with reading. I found that it covers all the topics needed and I LOVE IT. So grateful to have found this resource. I use it specifically with my Grade 4 classes.

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TC

Have been using this for a number of years now as part of my IT planing. It is a fantastic resource which the children really interact with. Thanks for all the hard work.

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M Starr

I love this site! I'd love to see some updated content for 2016, maybe including more on social networks, cell phones, apps, coding, etc. Thanks for this! :)

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Lisa Kingman

Very well done online teaching tool for using the internet. I will be using this every year with my students! Love the accompaning activity sheets, games, badge, score sheet and unlimited links. I took my Montessori training in London and this compliments it beautifully.

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