Internet Browsers

The internet is the internet is the internet. In the simplest terms, it's just a big network of computers and servers (from all over the world) that are connected, allowing the exchange of information.  In order to access this information, you use a piece of software that is loaded on your computer called an Internet Browser.

Even though there are lots of internet browsers out there, I will focus today's blog post on just a few. As a teacher in our district, you are probably most familiar with Internet Explorer (you know ... the blue 'E' on your desktop). This year, you also have Firefox (by Mozilla) loaded on your school computers. A third (and my current favorite) is Chrome (by Google). Chrome is not loaded on your school computer, but you can download it. Each browser provides the same information, because it's all "the internet".  The browsers just look and act a little different. Do you have a favorite? Be sure to leave a comment below.

Now ... why in the world would I devote an entire post to internet browsers??? (I'm so glad you asked!)

Certain sites behave differently on certain browsers. In district, you can access your Windows LIVE account on any of the three browsers, but it typically works better in Internet Explorer. Skyward warned us a few months back that Chrome was the preferred browser for non-teachers who need access to Skyward Educator Access (administrative peeps). Our paraprofessionals and auxiliary staff need to use Firefox to check in and out with Kronos. 

Don't get scared ... you don't have to remember which site works with which browser. Just be aware that you have options. If a site isn't working correctly for you, try accessing that site in a different browser. 

The image below just makes me giggle a little bit. I know ... nerd humor ... but, it's still kinda funny.  I don't even know who Christopher Nolan is, but he sounds cool!

Leave a comment below with your favorite browser!


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