Carol Pearsall
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Web Tech/Design Class for High School - How much time do you spend on HTML?

I know HTML is the backbone of the web.  I know...  I'm interested in hearing how much time other teachers spend on this unit.  I'm trying to revamp my curriculum and would like to revitalize the HTML section. 

Looking for ideas...


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Bonnie Taylor

Posted on 2/24/14 10:08:20 PM Permalink

I always make students view their designs in Dreamweaver from the split screen view. Its important that students see the codes as they are working in order to become more familiar with it.

Jorgen Wollsten

Posted on 2/11/14 9:28:26 AM Permalink

I am very glad that I do not have to use too much time on HTML. Nice that DW kicks you in the direction of CSS. Of course you can not ignore HTML.

Mark DuBois

Posted on 9/26/13 10:35:44 PM Permalink

I recommend teaching HTML first, then tools like Dreamweaver. In our community college program, students will be in their third semester before they see Dreamweaver.

Best always,

Donna Dolan

Posted on 9/21/13 12:43:26 PM Permalink

I'm glad I came upon this discussion as I am venturing back into web design his year.

I've taught two different ways, one starting with HTML then, moving to a book using Dreamweaver. The second way was just jumping into a book using Dreamweaver...... That was NOT successful.

My aim this term is to spend a good portion of time on HTML until the students really understand how it builds pages and transfers to the browser. Then I think I will pick up from there with a book series using Dreamweaver.

I hope to do a better job of it this time.

Aaron Greenlee

Posted on 9/17/13 3:06:40 PM Permalink

Great discussion. As a student we spent about two weeks on HTML if I recall correctly.

Keep up the great work, Carol!

Ben Forta

Posted on 9/3/13 2:25:02 PM Permalink

I teach web page development and have been doing so for, well, about as long as the web has been developed. ;-)

As a rule I always start with HTML, and then add some basic CSS and JavaScript. Even if all future development will be using tools that write the code for you, even if students will never touch the underlying code ever again, the fundamentals of how the web is held together is critical to understand.

And that's key for me. The goal here is less for them to know HTML itself and more to understand how the web works, the loosely coupled page based model, client requests, the fact that images and scripts can be loaded from anywhere, how data is sent back and forth, what the lock symbol means, what cookies are and how they are used, what the browser is actually doing, and so on.

So, how much time? As long as it takes for them to load a page and understand what the browser is actually doing in the background, (which I repeatedly find actually takes far less time than expected).

--- Ben

Aaron Greenlee

Posted on 9/17/13 3:07:03 PM Permalink

Great feedback. Thanks for the reply, Ben.

David Field

Posted on 9/2/13 6:12:55 PM Permalink

I have been teaching a web development class for the last 12 years and I do not think there is a time when html has not been a main focus. Even when you move over to javascript and server side languages, php in particular, the students need to understand how the browser or the kiosk works at a base level. I feel until there is a replacement for html, that the trifecta of html5, css123 and javascript will take up 80% of the class year.