The Goal of this Guide
Building Web pages is not a common activity in adult literacy classrooms. Nonetheless, there are many adult basic education teachers and students around the country who have worked on Web site projects as a class project. Over the years, we have been fortunate to have facilitated a number of initiatives and institutes dedicated to Web publishing as a learning activity. The purpose of this book is to report what we have learned about Web development in general and share what we have learned, from teachers and students, about developing a Web publishing project in an adult education setting.
Our goal is to provide adult literacy and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) staff developers and teachers with some simple, user-friendly pointers. It is not intended to be a complete, step-by-step, "how to" manual or a technical guide to building Web pages. While some technical aspects of Web design are discussed, this guide is not a complete instructional manual on Web site design. There are many, many excellent books and tutorials devoted to HTML (the markup language used to make Web pages) and other technical aspects of Web page design. Here on this site, we keep a reasonably up-to-date list.
Instead, this book is meant to be a companion to those kinds of books, specifically directed at adult literacy and ESOL staff developers and teachers who are thinking of building Web sites as a classroom activity. The audience we address throughout the book is teachers, but the guide might also be useful to staff developers and others. Each chapter represents a major step in the process, from planning and building the site to reviewing and testing it. It is designed for people with at least some familiarity with computers but with little to no experience making Web pages. At the same time, we hope experienced "techies" will pick up some tips on how to apply their knowledge to a classroom project.
There are three ways to use this guide:
- Download a PDF version of the entire guide;
- Purchase a hard copy (or copies) -- you can download an order form or contact us for more information; and/or
- Continue to use this Web version, which includes all of the text from the printed guide plus many other additional resources.
Again, feel free to drop us a line if you have any questions or need further information about ordering bound copies.
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Last Updated October 23, 2003