GET A NOTEBOOK FOR WEB APPS & CODING TO BE USED AS A JOURNAL FOR THIS CLASS.
Lesson 1: Exploring Websites
Every website has a purpose, a reason someone created it and others use it. In this lesson, students will start to consider the purposes a website might serve, both for the users and the creators. Students will explore a handful of the most-used websites in the United States and try to figure out how each of those sites is useful for users and how they might also serve their creators.
Students will be able to:
- Identify the reasons someone might visit a given website
- Identify the reasons someone might create a given website
Warm Up (10 minutes)
- What was the last website you visited? Why did you go to that website?
- Share out the last website you visited. Be sure to share why you went to that website and what information you were looking for. Did the website provide the information you wanted?
Activity (45 minutes)
Websites We Use Frequently
- With a neighbor, come up with a list of what you think are the top 5 most frequently visited websites. These can include websites that you visit often, but also consider which pages the other people in your life use frequently.
- Share out your top 5 websites list.
- Why do you think these websites are so commonly used? What purpose do they serve, or what problems do they solve?
Finding the Purpose
We came up with a lot of reasons why people might use some of the most visited websites, but that’s only one side of the picture. The people who make websites also have their own reasons for doing so. In the next activity, you’re going to start thinking about the purposes that various websites serve for both the user and the creator.
- Get with a partner
- Get a copy of the Activity Guide – The Purpose of Websites.
- Read and do page 1 of the activity guide–Be as detailed as possible when brainstorming the purposes of these sites.
- Share your group’s work with the class
- Read and do page 2 of the activity guide
- Share the purposes you came up with.
Wrap Up (5 min)
Web Development Goals
Journal: At this point we’ve just scratched the surface of what websites really are, and we haven’t even begun to create websites of our own. In your Word Online file for this class, come up with three goals for yourself this unit. These could be related to improving on one of our class practices, learning how to make a specific kind of web site, or creating a site that serves some purpose for you or others. SHARE the file with Mrs. Weber AGAIN.
Lesson 2: Websites for Expression
In this lesson students investigate ways to use websites as a means of personal expression and develop a list of topics and interests that they would want to include on a personal website. To begin the lesson students brainstorm different ways that people express and share their interests and ideas. Students then look at a few exemplar websites made by students from a previous CS Discoveries course to identify ways they are expressing their ideas. Finally students brainstorm and share a list of topics and interests they might want to include on a personal website which they can reference for ideas as they progress through the unit.
Students will be able to:
- Identify websites as a form of personal expression
Warm Up (5 mins)
- What are the ways that you or your friends express yourselves? Think about different ways of communicating, activities, or spaces that you consider a form of self-expression.
- Students should brainstorm ideas independently, then share with a neighbor, and finally share with the class at large.
- e share our thoughts, feelings, and ideas in many different ways. Some people might express their thoughts online, others might do so in the way they dress or by making a song or drawing a picture. Self-expression is a really important part of our lives, and as we’re going to see, making websites is another way we can express our ideas, interests, and feelings.
Activity (40 mins)
Personal Website Planning Guide
- Get a copy of the activity guide.
- Read through the Brainstorm Content section of the activity guide and do it.
- Share your content ideas with your neighbor.
- When sharing ideas with other people an important thing to consider isn’t just what you want to say, but how you want to say it. You just created a list of ideas you might want to share on your personal websites. Let’s go look at some personal websites other students have made and think about not only what content they’re sharing, but how they are presenting that message.
- Go to Code.org and look through the exemplar websites in pairs. Use these websites as inspiration for your own personal websites. They were created in Web Lab by other CS Discoveries students.
- Complete the Website Sketch for one page from your website. You should be thinking of ways to effectively share the content on that page.
Wrap Up (5 mins)
- Share your website sketches with a neighbor.
- Now that you’ve had a chance to share your websites sketches, write down one thing that makes your site special to you, and one thing that makes your neighbor’s site special to them.
- In this unit we’ll be working to bring many of your ideas to reality. Along the way you’re going to learn some new computer languages and explore the way the websites you use are created. The sketches you made or even the content you want to share might change as we go through the unit, but this goal of using websites for self-expression will be there throughout.
- Turn in your activity guide. We will use them again in Lesson 4.