Building a School Web Site: A Hands-on Project for Teachers and Kids

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This friendly and accessible guide leads teachers and students through the creation of a school Web site, providing a hands-on project and learning experience for both. Students learn to participate in the Web not only as surfers but also, more important, as authors and creators. The big picture is presented, including basic HTML, using a Web editor, standards, bandwidth, search engine placement, and animation. The details are fleshed out with simple, step-by-step directions, making this the ideal choice for ...
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Overview

This friendly and accessible guide leads teachers and students through the creation of a school Web site, providing a hands-on project and learning experience for both. Students learn to participate in the Web not only as surfers but also, more important, as authors and creators. The big picture is presented, including basic HTML, using a Web editor, standards, bandwidth, search engine placement, and animation. The details are fleshed out with simple, step-by-step directions, making this the ideal choice for beginners wishing to create a simple Web site and to gain a better understanding of the Web itself.

Author Biography: Wanda Wigglebits (aka Jeanne Follman) is a technical writer. She has contributed to the publication OnTheInternet and is the author of Getting the Web. She lives in Chicago.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
"This is a little guide. I've left a lot out. But that was the point." With very little fanfare, Web-mistress Wigglebits introduces her extremely short handbook on Web site construction. This basic manual shows the reader how to create a Web site from the ground up, using the "Five Easy Pieces":files, words, pictures, color, and links. In each section, Wigglebits explains how each piece fits into the overall whole of a Web production, breaking down difficult concepts into simple language that even a fifth grader could follow. She clarifies basic HTML commands, the concept of bandwidth, how search engines work, and the difference between open and proprietary Internet standards. Although most of the information is good and clearly presented, Wigglebits arbitrarily defines some technical words in the text but not others, and her chapter placements do not always make sense. For example, she places the chapter on simple animation at the end of the book, instead of near the "Five Easy Pieces," where the reader might expect it to be. Furthermore, this manual is strictly for newbies. If the reader needs an understanding of more than just the very basics of Internet publishing, then this book will not fit the bill. Nevertheless it is an excellent resource not only for teachers and students but also for anyone building a first Web page. The author's examples can be viewed on her Internet site at http://www.wigglebits.com, where the book appears as a Web tutorial as well. Glossary. Index. Illus. Biblio. Appendix. VOYA CODES:4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses;Broad general YA appeal;Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8;Junior High, defined as grades 7 to9;Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Duomo Press, 96p, $15.95 Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18. Reviewer:Jennifer Hubert—VOYA, December 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 5)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-8-This simple guide is divided into two sections. Wigglebits first provides the basic commands used in writing HTML. These commands consist of five pieces of a Web page-files, words, pictures, colors, and links-with step-by-step instructions that allow readers to follow along and create a Web page using either a Mac or a PC. The second section shows the ease of using an HTML editor. Common terminology and buttons as well as steps are explained. Other topics touched on include push and pull communications, Web addresses, search engines, use of tags, bandwidth and pixels, Internet standards, and instructions for creating animation. Straightforward directions make the process easy to follow yet some unnecessary explanations may be disconcerting to those who have never been exposed to HTML code. Overall, there is no consistency to the organization.-Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967945675
  • Publisher: Duomo Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Pages: 96

Meet the Author

Wanda Wigglebits is the pen name of Jeanne Follman, a Chicago-based technology writer and contributor to various publications, including OnTheInternet, the official publication of the Internet Society (www.isoc.org). Two chapters of her book Getting the Web first appeared in the electronic version of this publication. For Building A School Web Site, Jeanne worked with area teachers to develop a hands-on project aimed at making the joy of creating on the Web accessible to everyone.
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Table of Contents

Getting Started
Communication
Publishing: Power and Responsibility
Five Easy Pieces
Five Easy Pieces: Files
Five Easy Pieces: Words
Five Easy Pieces: Pictures
Five Easy Pieces: Color
Five Easy Pieces: Links
Using a Web Editor
Getting Found
Squeezing It Through the Wire
Open Standards
Animation
Epilogue
Appendix
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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