So much of our interactions with the Internet are completed using a web browser. In this module we’ll take a look at the basics of using a browser, some of the advantages of various browsers, and engage you in a few tasks that may save minutes and hours in the long run.
Some browsers work better than others for specific tasks. Below are some examples of where one browser may lead to better results and performance.
Internet Explorer: Microsoft Sharepoint, Microsoft Outlook Web Access, eSchoolPlus+
Mozilla Firefox: Teacher Access Center (Beta) - Gradebook
Google Chrome1: Gmail, Google Docs, Google Apps, most Flash based websites, Voicethread
Safari: Apple products, Java enabled sites
TIP: A general rule of thumb is that if something doesn't look right in one browser, try another browser to see if that resolves the issue.
Try opening all of the browsers available on your desktop or laptop. If you don't see one and you have the rights to install one, try downloading and installing a new browser.
Do you have a web page that you visit more often than others? Consider making that page the starting page every time you open your browser.
Stuck with a homepage that has no relevance to your daily life? Looking for quicker access to your school or company's homepage? Try changing your browser's homepage and save a few clicks.
Now that you have a few bookmarks, what happens when you start accumulating dozens or hundreds of useful links? Organization comes into play both in the form of folders or bookmark toolbars that give you easy access to the links that you use the most.
Explore with folders and the bookmarks toolbar to position the bookmarks you use the most in places you can access the easiest.