William Cavada
William Cavada

Introduction to the Internet
(LINC 066.01)

Krause Center, Room 4002,
Foothill College, Los Altos Hills

Saturday, December 2, 2017,
9:00 am-2:05 pm

Edited by Peter Y. Chou

Preface: William Cavada teaches at Mt. Pleasant High School in San Jose. I've taken FASTtech classes at Foothill College before in Podcasting (Winter 2017) and Photoshop (Spring 2017) with Cavada. I woke up at 6 am, got the 7:58 am Bus #40 to Foothill College at 8:20 am. Krause Center was still locked. Martha Rubin opened the doors at 8:45 am. Ten students participated in today's class "Introduction to the Internet" (LINC 066.01). Cavada told the class to use Adobe Spark for finding photos and typing in text. However its formatting is not elegant enough, so I'm composing it in HTML instead.
The numbering refers to the slide # in Cavada's presentation.

Contact: cavadaw@esubsd.org or Twitter@cavada

Typing "goo.gl/yVZM5s" directed us to Cavada's web page
"Introduction to the Internet"
There were 24 slides, of which 14 were covered today,
the remaining for next Saturday class on December 9.

WC: In the early 1990s, I took a class in Conceptual Design, and learned
HTML code to design web pages and view them in the Mosaic Browser.

2) Overview:
Overview course that explores the educational, personal, and social benefits of the Internet.
Participants will explore current Internet trends, tools, and technologies for information,
communication, & collaboration. Participants will learn how to use Internet more effectively
and with a better understanding of the issues and dilemmas that surround life on the Web.

Find Photo in Adobe Spark for your web page

"Platonic Lambda: Soul of the Universe"

Platonic Lambda Poster

Platonic Lambda Book
Note: After finding the Giza Pyramid photo in Adobe Spark's Gallery and typing "Platonic Lambda:
Soul of the Universe", there was no time to add anything. Cavada showed slides where we had to
answer questions. Added "Platonic Lambda Poster" (done 6-29-2017 in Cavada's Photoshop class)
and the Platonic Lambda book cover (done 1-28-2013) when composing this web page in HTML
a few days after the Saturday class. May these images spark me to write my book, long overdue.

3) Question: Describe how the Internet has enhanced the way you learn today?

1) Internet helps me to find quotes quickly without consulting books.
2) Google Books locate source of book with page # where the quote is.
3) Google Images locate flowers, trees, and portraits of famous people.

4) Four Concepts:
History of

How did the
Internet develop?

Online Learning

How do we learn online &
what tools can we use?

Digital Literacy

What do we mean by this
and how do we teach it?


How do we make digital
learning creative?

"Teaching in the Internet age means we must teach tomorrow's skills today." — Jennifer Fleming

5) ac-ro-nym:

Control Protocol


Markup Language


Transport Protocol



"With the development of the Internet... we are in the middle of the most transforming technological event
since the capture of fire. I used to think that it was just the biggest thing since Gutenberg, but now I think
you have to go back farther."     — John Perry Barlow

PYC: I would add URL (Uniform Resource Locator) to the above list. This web address
is essential for us to find the location for information we're seeking on the Internet.

6) Internet Milestones:

Consulting the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) confirms that Vincent Cerf first
used it in Request for Comments (Network Working Group) (Electronic text) No. 675.1—
Specification of internet transmission control program.

HTML-5 puts animation and video natively in its code.
Before had to use Flash and JavaScipt to run animation.
Running Adobe's Flash required too much battery power & program crashed often.

WC: High school students are efficient in iPhone and social media,
but they don't know computer basics like copy & paste or do HTML coding.

7) Reflecting on Technology: What would you like to see being developed in the future?
    Response from students in class
    1) Cyber-Security
    2) Virtual Reality
    3) Artificial Intelligence
    4) Translation Software
    5) App for Flower & Tree Identification (WC: already exist)

WC: Sweden has digital currency now. There is a Voice Recognition App
from Adobe that wll finish sentence based on a snippet of voice.
PYC: Such software is dangerous in spreading Fake News!

8) Get More Out of Google: Tips & Tricks for Students in Online Research
    How to Organize a Search
    How to Google
    How To Google It

9) Daniel Russell's Home Page: https://sites.google.com/site/dmrussell/
Daniel Russell works at Google and is an expert web searcher.
His web page is a collection of resources to help us search better.

Google's Advanced Search Operators
site restricts your search results to the site or domain you specify
" " exact phrase
- excludes this term
~ search related words
. . shows all results from within the designated time range
site:nytimes.com ~college "test scores" -SATs 2008..2017
brought the following interesting articles—
EDUCATION LIFE: What Colleges Want in an Applicant (Everything)
(By Eric Hoover, NY Times, November 1, 2017)
EDUCATION LIFE: 10 Things to Know About Getting Into Your Dream College
(By Eric Hoover, NY Times, November 1, 2017)
A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry
(By Kyle Spencer, NY Times, August 11, 2017)

Google Scholar: Searches exclusively academic and scholarly work in peered-reviewed journals
Typing "Peter Y. Chou" gave 105 results of scientific papers I published & citations
1) "Prediction of Protein Conformation" (Biochemistry, 1974) 3167 citations
2) "Empirical Predictions of Protein Conformation" (Annual Review Biochemistry, 1978) 3178 citations
3) "Conformational Parameters for Amino Acids" (Biochemistry, 1974) 2518 citations
4) "β-Turns in Proteins" (Journal of Molecular Biology, 1977) 1022 citations

Reverse Dictionary: Type definition to find the word
Typing "cosmic consciousness" gave 542 words, the top five
are faint, revive, blackout, unconscious, and conscience—
none of which describes the transcendental experience.
Scanning through the entire list, the closest words are:
attention, awake, awakening, awareness, being, I-now, mind,
moksha, nirvana, nothingness, nous, present, satori, spirit,
sunyata, superconscious, transcendent, universal, wakeful.

10) Frameworks: Blended, MOOC, Gaming
MOOC— A massive open online course is a model
for delivering learning content online to any person
who wants to take a course, with no limit on attendance.
Go to mooc.org and find a free online course to take—
Clicked on to explore course offerings.
Went to "Philosophy & Ethics" (66 courses) and selected
"Divine Comedy: Dante's Journey to Freedom, Part 3 (Paradiso)"
at Georgetown University attracted my attention. I like
the idea that Dante's pilgrimage is a journey to Freedom
since to be truly free, one needs to experience enlightenment
as Dante guides us to the celestial realms that is our home.

Italy #919, "Dante to Paradise"
(issued October 21, 1965)
Question: Find an image where you like to learn.

William Cavada showed an image of an alarm clock by his bedside,
saying his favorite place to learn is at home where's he's comfortable.
I've chosen in Nature, beside a calm serene lake.
Lake Leman, Vevey, 9-1-1979 with PB (Poem)

Lake Placid: Reflection & Meditation
Adobe Sharp did not allow importing photo at left.
Selected the photo below from their Photo Gallery

Lambda Λ image: Vanishing Point of a Stream

12) Question: Can you teach a class that allow students to connect with experts?

1) Teach students to predict protein conformation using Chou-Fasman method.
Google Scholar has 983,000 results on Prediction of Protein Conformation.
The first result is the paper written by Peter Y. Chou & Gerald D. Fasman,
Biochemistry, Volume 13, 222-245 (1974). As leading author of this paper,
I can share with the class how the method was developed and guide students to
predict protein structures. This paper has been cited in over 1160 publications,
making it the most-cited paper in Science Citation Index (August 10, 1987).
YouTube 2013 video: Chou-Fasman method in secondary structure prediction.
2) Robert Bly (born Dec. 23, 1926) is a master poet, nearly 91 years old,
living in Minnesota. He taught Poetry Workshops (April 2-June 4, 2008)
at Stanford University that I attended. Took copious notes of ten classes
he taught with writing exercises he gave the students. My poems are also
included. Here's a chance for students to learn from a master poet, and
let Robert Bly's writing exercises trigger fresh poems from the students.
Robert Bly's 2008 Stanford Workshops

Robert Bly

PAYBACK: A Game to Help Students Pay the Right Price for College
(By Ron Lieber, NY Times, September 29, 2017)

Jenny Nicholson demonstrates
game Payback on an iPad.
Tim Ranzetta has a free, interactive, web-based game called Payback. In playing, students see running totals of their debt
but can also track academic focus, the connections they're making that could be useful later and their overall happiness— crucial factors in actually finishing college and graduating with a job that can help them repay their debt.

Jenny Nicholson helped create
the games Spent and Payback.

14) Each of these "what if" questions presents a possible future:

Adobe edx
Khan Academy
Teacher Tube


Paid Sites
(newer trend)

Digital Literacy

Learning Journals



Question: Find an image on how you're feeling right now.

Joy Leaping to the Sky
Experiencing Heaven on Earth

Audrey Hepburn's Exuberance
in Philippe Halsman's Jump Book

William Cavada ended the class early at 2:05 pm, so students could attend the MakerSpace
Grand Opening downstairs at the Krause Center at 2 pm. Some of the equipments demonstrated are
the Cricut Maker, Zing OrbitVinyl Cutter, Carvey CNC machines, Laser Cutter, and six 3D Printers.

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