What is the World Wide Web?

Learn how the Internet works and what it takes to get that cute picture to your browser…

While specialized network skills are no longer needed to get connected, it’s nice to have an idea of what’s going on when things “don’t work”.

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DNS: Why It's Important and How It Works

You think of this web site as @@k12irc.org@@. Your computer or phone thinks of it as @@50.28.104.169@@. How a web site name is converted to an Internet address is the job of DNS. DNS also provides information like where to send emails (MX records), how to confirm that email is not spam (DKIM, SPF, DMARC),…  learn more

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Explore a Google data center

Wonder what "the cloud" really looks like. Here's a look at a Google data center, one you can explore yourself, on the web.  learn more

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How does the Internet really work?

A slightly tongue-in-cheek explanation from the BBC.  learn more

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How does the Internet work?

HowStuffWorks provides a more in-depth explanation in words and video.  learn more

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How the Internet Works in 5 Minutes

The internet is not a fuzzy cloud. The internet is a wire, usually buried in the ground. Aaron Titus takes you on a journey, showing how your computer "talks" to the rest of the Internet.  learn more

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PBS Kids Internet Quiz

While aimed at younger students, the quiz is fun and can be taken by students (and teachers) of any age. It covers topics like Internet shopping, data backups, getting started, and how the Internet works. Can be used as an introduction to the topics of Internet usage and safety. And don't feel bad if your…  learn more

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The Total Number of Websites

How big is the Internet? How about approaching 2 billion web sites! This page shows the growth of the Internet and the year some of your favorite web sites first appeared. It's fun to look back and see how the Internet has changed over the last 25+ years.  learn more

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Tour of A Colocation Data Center

Here's another view of a data center. Who knew that the Internet included man traps, a kitchen, cooling towers, and bathrooms ... keeping your data secure and the tech people happy. This web site is served from a computer in a data center like this one, located in Phoenix, Arizona.  learn more

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W3Schools Tutorials

Interested in the details? W3Schools has a wide range of free, in-depth tutorials for all things Internet -- from beginning HTML to Cascading Style Sheets to XML, programming and Web Services. Recommended by our webmaster. A good place to start if you want to create web pages or a web site. Covers everything from the…  learn more

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Why Does Your Internet Connection Randomly Stop Working?

Ever wonder why your Wi-Fi suddenly cuts out without warning? Linus describes what's going on inside your WiFi Router box, and how to identify and fix most common problems.  learn more