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February, 2009

NSF and the Birth of the Internet
A multimedia exploration of the Internet the 1960s to the present -- and predictions for the future.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

This site from the National Science Foundation is a multimedia exploration of the Internet from its beginnings in the 1960s to the present -- with predictions of what might be next.
This interactive multimedia site is well organized, and navigation is simple. Users can simply click on the timeline and move through the site, or click to jump to a specific time of interest. A text version also is available. .

There was a time in the not-so-distant past that the world was not connected. This is the story of how a group of visionaries created the Internet in the 1960s and changed the world. Visitors to the site can learn about the scientists and researchers who played a major role in this story, including Vint Cerf, often referred to as the father of the Internet. The report covers different technologies and initiatives, including the first cross-country connection of two computers, the first Internet message on October 29, 1969, the first Web page created on August 6, 1991, and predictions about what is next from some of the leading expertls in the field. The challenges and possibilities are out there, waiting for the next group of dreamers to change the world once again.


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