Creating a website

Technology over time

What was your first memory of technology?  What things did you think would change the world?  What was the first technology you remember that made an impact on your education?  We’ll watch a short video about innovations in educational technology over time.  Hopefully it will help us to have a better vision of how temporary change really is.

Creating a website

Even if you don’t have a website, you probably already have an online presence – through Facebook, MySpace, etc. As a learner in the 21st century – it is important for you to know how to create your own website. We’ll be working on this project throughout the semester. Today, we’ll build the structure of your site, create an introduction page, and write your autobiography page. You’ll be using your website throughout the semester to store, display, and reflect upon course projects.

We’re using a new tool: Google Sites. Google Sites is like a combination website, blog, and wiki all rolled into one. We’ll be using it for all three functions. You’re going to be really amazed at what you can create without knowing anything about html code!

Go to: http://sites.google.com and log in.

Let’s view a few sample websites created using Google Sites:
K-12 Classroom website
Sample EDIT 2000 site
My first year review site

Our tasks for today:
*Create the home page, insert an image, write a few sentences about what you hope to learn this semester.
*Edit the sidebar navigation
*Create an “about me” page with images, links, and background info

We’re just getting comfortable with the tool – so we’ll mess up a few times – but in a few weeks we won’t remember what is was like to not be able to create webpages.

For Monday:
1. Finish your “about me” page.

By Next Friday
2. Read Chapter 1 – complete the Chapter 1 reading guide. (You are required to complete 4 of the 6 reading guides over the course of the semester.) All page numbers in the guide refer to the numbers at the bottom of the page.  If you have not gotten your text yet, you can access a pdf of Chapter 1 here.

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