Teaching students about the internet can be bit confusing. Teachers often shy away from teaching core technology concepts because of this perceived complexity. Without a game plan and the proper visuals it can be very tricky to explain an abstract system like a computer network. The word "internet" should paint a picture in your head of a complex system of networks and computer hardware, but most often it is equated to those 4 little lines on your WiFi device telling you that you have signal. So how do you explain to students where emails come from, how Facebook stores information, or why you can simply Google anything you want to know more about?
IT Crowd where characters Roy and Moss trick their boss Jen into thinking they were able to borrow the Internet for her to show off at a convention. When she unveils the Internet (a black box with a red light on top) it is met with gasps of amazement from an uneducated crowd. Instead of the laughter and embarrassment that Roy and Moss had been hoping to put their boss through, the visualization of the internet was met with great appreciation. I think it illustrates a point that most people don't really know what the internet is, but we would like to. And just because we are a teacher in school doesn't mean we are exempt. It is a complex subject summed up into a single word. In the year 2014, students should have a good understanding of basic computer networking concepts.
Knowing how things work at their fundamental level is important. Giving students a core understanding of how networks allow them to communicate over distances will benefit them in the future. This book is a great way for any teacher, regardless of technology proficiency, to teach a complex subject like computer information systems.