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Build a Better Browser:
An Overview of Firefox Themes & Extensions for Educators
This wiki was created to support a 20 minute CUE Tips session at the
2009 CUE conference
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How A Browser Works
A web browser downloads a copy of a text-based HTML file from a web server to your computer and renders the file for you to view and interact with visually. In other words, a browser makes something like this:
Look something like this:
Not all browsers are created equal, so this page might look slightly different in different browsers - and some more advanced features might work in some browsers but not others. For instance, Microsoft's proprietary
may work better with their
browser, but not other browsers, while Internet Explorer often doesn't render
standards compliant websites accurately - and is famously vulnerable to hackers and malicious code. Similarly, Apple's
doesn't work well with many
(what you see is what you get) editors, including (until recently) the one used to create this wiki.
, however, is standards compliant, cross platform, and feature rich. It's also highly secure - and fast to boot. It's open source software, so it's a free download and there are many many extensions and customizations available that can add surprising functionality to your browser. Below are a few extensions that might be most useful for educators... and edubloggers.
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How Firefox Works
in the Wikipedia.
Open Source Software Overview
Open Source is not just Linux... its for Windows and OS X, too.
Open Source is not a risk... its a proven development model.
Open Source is not just for geeks... it’s for the people.
Open, as in openness
Source, as in source code
Free, as in freedom
Open Source is...
Learn more about open source software:
Enjoy a Better Web Experience
Stay Secure on the Web
Personalize Your Browser
About the Mozilla Corporation
(A California Non-Profit, like CUE)
More about Firefox
Extensions for Educators
Firefox Add-ons Website
Quick Must Have
Even More Google
Even More Google
(Not necessarily social, but recommended for syncing your bookmarks across multiple computers)
AideRSS Google Reader
Video Download Helper
Down Them All
Google Docs Downloader
to backup your Google Docs!) - and don't miss the
Google Docs Mass Uploader
suggestions from educators
(Choose one you like!)
(Add Spanish for Spanish speaking EL students.)
(Add Yahooligans for young students.)
(Most of these are must-haves for full Internet functionality.)
How do you want to build your browser?
help on how to format text
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