Web technology, credited with inventing British scientist Tim Berners-Lee, was originally designed and developed so that physicists working in universities and institutes around the world could exchange the information they needed. .
Source: La Presse
April 30, therefore, marked the 20th anniversary of the very first website, and a special project decided to revive it to mark the occasion.
So let's take advantage of this to go back a bit and imagine what life was like without the Web!
At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- Know who founded the Web;
- Know which was the first website;
- Know the meaning of URL;
- Understand the exponential evolution of the Web since 1993;
- Become aware of aspects of life influenced by the Internet;
- Imagine life without the Internet;
- Use the appropriate technologies to carry out the requested activities;
ACTIVITY 1: Analyze the news to better understand it
To introduce the activity, ask the students where they were on April 30, 1993. Chances are, very few of them were in the world! Ask them if, on the off chance, anyone would know what was invented that day that completely changed our lives.
Then tell them about the topic and invite them to read these articles. (If you want, you can search for more.)
Recreate the very first site for the 20th anniversary of the web
Published in La Presse, April 30, 2013.
The first website in history rises from its ashes
Published in France 24, April 30, 2013.
The very first site in history comes back to life
Published in Metro France, April 30, 2013.
To guide the reading, ask students to find answers to the following questions:
- Who founded the Web? What is his name, and where does he come from?
- What was the first website? What was his URL address?
- What does URL mean, anyway?
- What was that first website about?
- How many websites were there in June 1993? And today?
ACTIVITY 2: Life before the Internet
Ask students to imagine what life would be like today without the Internet. (You yourself will have a lot of fun with this activity!)
First, in teams of 4, they will have to make a list of the things they do almost daily using the Internet.
Then for each of those things, they'll have to think of a way to get there without the internet. Are some things impossible without the web?
Finally, everyone will have to express what they find most astonishing in this reflection. To do this, the students can, at their choice, write a paragraph, record themselves orally using an appropriate tool or be filmed answering the question. If you wish, also accept the illustrated representations.
Do not forget to deposit (or have them deposited!) These reflections on the web space of the class (blog, space Didacti, Google Drive document, etc.)! Then invite the students to leave constructive comments or to continue the reflections that have been initiated.