15 Years

I meant to blog about the web turning 15 a couple of days ago and forgot. Mostly, I wanted to point out that if the web is 15 years old, there are many teens who are younger than the web and therefore have grown up not knowing a world without the web

For me, I remember my first time seeing Mosaic and the web when I went with a school librarian friend, Ellen Berne, to MIT to see this thing called the web. We looked at the dead sea scrolls and were totally amazed.

Now, seeing primary source materials on the web doesn’t amaze me in quite the same way. Think about the teens and pre-teens you know. What makes technology amazing to them?

BTW, the BBC posted a great timeline of the past 15 years on the web on their site.

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.
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  1. My first time…

    I was in college. It was with my biology teacher. 🙂 He had a sexy Amiga with a modem, and we couldn’t dial out until I figured out we had to dial “9” to bypass the internal telephone network.

    He wanted to use the Internet for a clas project to track one foot square plots of land across the globe. We were more excited about uploading out information with the computer than marking off our squares and tracking the biodeveristy within the stakes and string. This must have been in autumn 1992. When I came home for winter break, my parents had bought a computer, and it came with Prodigy. As a college freshman I loved using the bulletin boards to meet and talk with people from all over the world – I ended with a few pen pals. Live chat was a new feature in 1993, and I downloaded it a bunch of times, and could never figure out how to get it to work. I didn’t know I had to INSTALL the program!

    Now, sites like visualthesaurus and mugglenet get me excited. And I’m inspired to ask my teen pals about their favorite cool sites and report back!

  2. Jami Schwarzwalder [Member]

    My first time…

    I was a freshman in high school, and a male friend of mine made me a computer for $100. The first thing I did was examine how to get the internet which amazing I could get free through Juno. So I signed up, got an ICQ email and IM, and started creating a buddy list. That was 10 years ago

    Before that I don’t know if I was on the internet or on CD, because I used library computers frequently to do research. I remember Gale Biography Search, Encarta Encyclopedia, and National Geographic Database I used in middle school, but I believe it was all on CD.

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