Lesson 1.8

Before Google


When the World Wide Web went live on August 6, 1991, a number of college students around the world began building their own browsers as a way of reaching this shared space called the World Wide Web. Eventually, most of those early student browsers went away and left us with more familiar browsers like Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.

But browsers only gave us access to the Web. They were designed to help people pull up specific websites, but they were not designed to help people find specific information on specific web pages across the World Wide Web. After the Web started getting popular, it wasn’t long before there were too many websites to keep up with. Someone had to come along and design search engines to help people sort through all those websites and find what they need. The more information that became available, the more valuable search engines became. Even before Google, there were more than a dozen search engines that people used to find information on the World Wide Web.

LEARNING GOAL #1: The Basics of Web History

Students will understand how the Internet evolved from a classified government research project into a world wide resource with the help of highly educated teachers and students.

PART 1: Browser Discussion

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PART 2: Search Engine Discussion

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