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Internet world

Online Users

The Internet has changed our lives and provides us with the capacity of searching and acquiring all type of information, products or services in a simple and fast way. In this section, you will learn about users' main purposes when they go online.

At the end of this section, you will have...

  • revised and learnt vocabulary related to Internet uses and professional activities.
  • revised and learnt present simple tense.
  • expressed purpose with to + verb and for + verb-ing.
  • recorded and reported some information about a self-invented character.

The fact of being working on this project means that, right now, you are using the Internet to learn English. What other Internet uses can you think of?

Within this section of the project, your mission consists of creating a chart about Internet uses.

Follow these steps

Click on this graph and think about your own purpose/-s when you get connected to the Internet. Then, with a classmate, comment on the Internet uses that both of you share.

Sign in at and create your own chart about Internet uses. Include three columns entitled 'My use', 'My partner's use' and 'Other users'. So far, you will only need to complete the two first columns with the information that you have read and received from your classmate. Watch the Slideshare presentation '10 Top uses for the Internet' and add new information to your chart.

What about the third column? You are going to complete it just after searching some information about other people's profiles and their purposes to get connected. For example, a businessperson or a tourist. What do you think they use the Internet for? With your classmate, think of three different professional profiles and complete your chart. You can have some extra help by watching the video Who uses the Internet and what for? and/or visiting the Merriam-Webster visual dictionary site.

After finishing your chart, please share the link on Pinterest with your classgroup so that they can help you implement its content with other professional internet uses. Remember to include images to illustrate your chart and to collaborate by completing other classmates' charts.

Apart from sharing your chart, it will be nice if you post it on your Weebly site, on the page that you have entitled 'Internet vocabulary'. Remember that this is the page where you will include all the key words and expressions related to the project topic.

Note: practise as much as possible this vocabulary about Internet uses because you will need to use it in your final challenge: a safety campaign concerning internet use.

Creating a Virtual Profile

As you know, people have different purposes to go online depending on their necessities and occupations. Watch the sentences below:

What does a tourist use the Internet for? You have several ways to answer this question:

  • A tourist uses the Internet to look for interesting destinations.
  • A tourist gets connected to the net for searching for  the cheapest flight.

Before you start your mission, we recommend that you revise grammar structures containing the Present simple tense at Agenda web. Also, it is advisable that you revise and practise common expressions to express purpose at  the web page My english pages.

Your next mission in this project consists of creating some self-invented online characters. This mission will allow you to keep on practising vocabulary on Internet uses. Get together in groups of three and  create three avatars representing three different people's profiles.

Please, follow the instructions stated below.

  • Your teacher will put you in groups of three students.
  • Each group will create three avatars using the online tool Voki.
  • Before recording your voices, you need to prepare a draft with StoryboardThat.on each avatar's main activities. To do this, you  can do some Internet research to get information.
  • Focus your draft on the avatars' main internet uses, that is, what they normally use the Internet for.

When you finish, share your vokis on Pinterest following the instructions that you will find at the official Voki blog. Don't be shy and add comments on your classmates' avatars.

The criteria that your teacher will take into account to assess your performance in this mission are stated within the 'Rubric for assessing a voki recording' (download in editable odt format, download in pdf).

Your learning diary

As you did in the previous section, reflect on how you have performed this mission in your Learning Diary (download in editable odt format,download in pdf) .

Your learning diary

Peter O'SheaWriting tools (CC BY)

Create a new post on your blog with the title  'Internet world'  and answer the following questions:

  • What are the most difficult aspects?
  • What tool was the most difficult for you to work with?
  • What do you think is the most important aspect you have learned?
  • Are there any aspects you didn't understand?

Do not forget it would be great if you shared these feelings and thoughts with your classmates. You will have 10 or 15 minutes to complete this part.