Comparing Web Browsers
Part 1: Lets begin this activity by constructing a table that we can use to compare the features in three popular web browsers. Whenever building a table, it is important to think about layout. What headings or information do you want at the top? What headings or information do you want along the side? Don't worry if you do not get things exactly right, you can always add columns and rows later on, as well as more headings. Create this table in Google Sheets, Mr. Heyboer will explain. Here is the information that we are going to track:
Web Browser Features
Part 2: Now that we have our table, lets take a look at each web browser and see if they have these various features. Safari is currently installed on your classroom workstation, and we hope to have Firefox on soon. You can also research each web browser on the web. Be sure to label each feature for the browser's as "yes", "no", or "not sure".
Part 3: Next, lets take a look at different types of websites. Take a look at this web page in the GCF LearnFree.org website. Specifically, look for the Types of Websites interactive table in the middle of the page. Using the same Google Slides file that has your Browser comparison table on it, construct a slide for each type of website in the table. Also, include the description of the type of website on each slide. Be sure to leave plenty of room, we will be using this in Part 4 of this activity.
Part 4: After you get your Types of Websites slides made, start to look for examples of each. If you need help, take a look at that website we used in Part 3 on GCF LearnFree.org. There are some resources in that interactive table that will help you find some examples of these websites if you cannot think of any. Also, at the bottom of that page, they have a resource file from Google (click here) that can help as well.
Part 5: Lets now practice creating bookmarks. Take a look back at making bookmarks in the GCFlearnfree.org website. Create a folder in your bookmark bar with the 10 website examples you found for Part 4. You will be putting your screenshot in your slideshow for this activity
Part 6: Lets now practice creating bookmarks in Firefox. You will be basically doing the same thing as Part 5, except in Firefox. Take a look back at making bookmarks in the GCFlearnfree.org website. Create a folder in your bookmark bar with the 10 website examples you found for Part 4. Make sure each is linked in the folder. You will be putting your screenshot in your slideshow for this activity.
Part 7: In this part, we will look at the different ways that we can customize our web browsing experience in Google Chrome and Firefox. Demostrate your ability to customize your browser by doing the following things in both Firefox and Chrome:
- Set a Theme for the browser
- Put at least 3 bookmarks in the bookmarks bar, one of them being our class website: khmsteched.weebly.com
- Enable at least 3 extensions in your browser, and make sure they appear in the toolbar.
- Install at least three apps (Chrome only)
FYI: Listed below are 3 brief tutorials covering how to link/sync your web browser preferences to online accounts for the various browsers. Each browser functions a bit differently in this area, so if you have a browser that you prefer, it might be worth a look here. This is optional, this does not need to be included in your Comparing Web Browsers slideshow.