Browsers

 Opera Browser 9

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Version:  Opera Browser 9
Opera 9 is a fast secure browser that is becoming more increasing popular. It has a range of features that are useful to both the average and the more advanced user.

Opera was the first mainstream browser to implement tabbed browsing. Tabbed browser allows the user to have mulltipe webpages open within a single brower window. It also implements a RSS reader as well.  It is small download and it install quickly. Opera 9 is W3C compliant which means that it will open all properly coded websites and contains  a email program as well.

Using Opera 9 is very similar to both Firefox 2 and IE 7. Tabbed browsing is now a common feature of all three browsers. It also has a few cool ways of using the mouse wheel to select the various tabbed windows. It also has a Voice  feature where you can control the browser by talking to it, and it can generate speech from text in Web pages. 

Examplar/Lesson plan:
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License: Free 

Developer: Opera Software ASA
Category: Internet Browser
Platform: Win Xp/2000/Mac 0S X Linux multiple versions
Minimum specification (recommended) 
233 Mhz processor
256 MB of RAM
100 MB of free disk space
Microsoft Windows XP or Win 2000

 

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 Internet Explorer 7

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Version:  Internet Explorer 7 
Internet Explorer (IE) 7 is the latest version of IE to come out of Microsoft designed with the Windows Vista OS. There is a new interface which is different to IE 6 although familar features can be returned to the User Interface. This redesign allows for more viewing space for the website

Like all modern browsers, IE 7 handles RSS Feeds which brings the new content to you. IE 7 also have improved secuirty features.   

IE 7 has put some work into making the life of a teacher a bit easier. One great feature is in the print section where IE allows automatically shrinks text for improved printing, so all webpage content fits on your final printed page. 
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PC MAG

License: Free 

 
Developer: Microsoft
Category: Internet Browser
Platform: Win Xp Service Pack 2 (Vista) 
Minimum specification (recommended) 
 233MHz processor or higher (Pentium processor recommended)
Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)
87 MB RAM

 

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 Firefox 2.0

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Version:  Firefox 2.0
Firefox 2.0 is the best known open source software application.

Improvements on this version included better security features,  tabbed browsing  and similar to other browsers it also manages RSS feeds.

Firefox also has inline dictionary which will help students with spelling difficulties to get the full use of browsing. Another  feature is the number of extentions (useful applications that can be added on to the browser) that are available to Firefox.
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Firefox Screencast (Utech tips)
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License: Free 


Developer: Mozilla
Category: Internet Browser
Platform: Win Xp/2000/Mac 0S X Linux multiple versions
Minimum specification (recommended) 
PC
500 Mhz processor
256 MB of RAM
100 MB of free disk space
(will run on lower spec)

Mac
PowerPC G4 or Intel processor
512 MB of RAM
150 MB of free disk space

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 Safari 1.3/2.0.4

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Version:  Safari 1.3/2.0.4


Safari is a web browser developed by Apple and is the default browser bundled with Mac OS X. Safari features a tabbed-browsing interface similar to that of Firefox, Internet Explorer 7 and Opera. It is also designed to work in conjuction with iTunes and is very proficent for podcasting downloading.

Like the other browsers, Google search box is standard as part of the Safari interface. The browser also includes an integrated pop-up ad blocker and a configurable image blocker. One feature of interest to teachers is the abiltiy to specify exactly which websites your students access by bookmarking only those sites on the Safari Bookmarks Bar.

With Safari 2.0.4 Parental Controls enabled, your students browse only the sites on the Bookmarks Bar. New web addresses typed into the address field will not load on Safari. Instead, an error message appears, giving your child the option to request approval on blocked pages. More on Parental Controls

 Comes with Mac OS X

Examplar/Lesson plan:
none applicable

CNET.au

License: Free 

Developer:  Apple
Category: Internet Browser
Platform: Mac 0S X
Minimum specification (recommended) 
PowerPC G4 or G5 processor
256 MB of RAM
3Gb of free disk space

 

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