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The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had, Eric Schmidt.
The Internet has been a boom and a curse for teenagers, J. K Rowlings.
Who can deny the importance and impact that the Internet has on our lives and the many amazing resources that it provides us?
Nowadays, smartphones are connected to the Internet constantly so we are online everywhere, all the time. Let’s try to get the best out of it and maximize your chances of success.
How to find reliable and useful information.
- Choose a good browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Edge, and Vivaldi) and use the extensions and themes that are right for you.
- Improve your Internet search results with Google:
- Keep it simple and use descriptive keywords as search terms. They should be relevant to the topic that you are searching.
- “Alice in wonderland” filetype:pdf: it finds specific document types, such as pdf, ppt, doc, odt, etc.
- intitle: “free ebooks”: it restricts your search to the titles of web pages.
- linux distributions -ubuntu: it finds linux distributions which are not Ubuntu.
- define word: it finds word definitions and synonyms.
- translate “me gusta el arroz” to English: it translates words and sentences instantly
- “We the People”: it searches for an exact word or phrase.
- 1 Euro to dollar: currency converter.
- 5 inches to centimetres: unit converter, [number] [unit] into [unit].
- 25% of 43, sin(1/x), log(4)*sqrt(3): Google Search has a built-in calculator. It can also plot mathematical functions.
- London weather, London time: forecast of the weather, current time in any given city.
- Capital of Germany, longest river in Africa, Mozart’s death: simple factual information.
- Use SafeSearch to filter explicit results: Search settings, Filter explicit results.
- selfhelp site:justtothepoint.com: search within a site.
- Use other search engines and alternatives:
- Search directory, a categorized online index of websites: Curlie.
- Search engines that respect your privacy: DuckDuckGo and Startpage.
- WolframAlpha, a computational knowledge engine. Bing is the Microsoft search engine.
- Human answers: Answers.com, eHow, WikiHow, and Yahoo Answers.
- Vertical search engine. Kids: KidRex and kiddle. Jobs: Monster.com and LinkedIn . Free images and videos: Pixabay, WPClipart, and Pexels. Christian Search Engine: SeekFind, Online shopping: Amazon and Ebay.
Take advantage of its almost innumerable resources:
- Office Suites: Google Docs and Apache OpenOffice, the free and open productivity suite.
- Communication: Skype, Messenger, and Google Hangouts.
- Photo editing tools: Canva, Fotor, and Gimp.
- Online storage: Dropbox and Google Drive.
- Blogging: Blogger, WordPress, and Edublogs.
- Others: Evernote is a software designed for note-taking and archiving of web pages, text, images and audio; Bubbl.us and Freemind, mind mapping; Youconvertit, file converter.
We have talked about how important a mentor could be for your success. However, finding one is very difficult and challenging. One option is to use people whom you cannot meet with, and yet you can learn from, and imitate as role models: Twitter.
It is the use of technology, mainly the Internet, to enable people to learn anywhere, at any time. E-learning is cost-effective (sometimes it is even free), flexible, and very convenient. Let me offer you some suggestions for harvesting its potential:
- Maths: WolframAlpha, Geogebra, Descartes, KhanAcademy.
- Geography, History, and Arts: Google Earth, BBC History for kids, Education, and Google Art Project.
- Esl, English: JustToThePoint, ESL, The FreeDictionary, Dictionary.com, ESLVideo.com, Elllo, BBC Learning English, and Using English.
- Adapt your message and style to the medium or channel and the receiver. For example, a personal face-to-face conversation with a friend is not the same as writing an email to your boss.
The point I want to emphasize is that each communication channel requires its own style.
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