Web Design

What would our lives be without the Internet? It is our primary tool for communications and research and it grows both in utility and sophistication every day. In this class, students meet this challenge by developing sites that demonstrate effective user-interface design through functional site organization, convenient navigation, and visually compelling graphics. While working within the framework of the entire web site development process students establish goals, create content, program and script, and design the information architecture in order publish an electronic product. As students develop technical competence and knowledge in a real-life, practical environment, their creative, problem solving, and decision-making skills are enhanced. In addition to these elements, the class also examines communication, ethical issues, principles of design, and project organization and management.

As the Internet has evolved, many new means of communication have emerged. "Web 2.0" is commonly associated with web applications that facilitate interactive information sharing and collaboration. Some popular examples include social networking sites such as Facebook, Wikis, Blogs, and Twitter. A Web 2.0 site allows its users to interact with other users or to change website content, in contrast to non-interactive websites where users are limited to the passive viewing of information that is provided to them. Students will explore the multitude of Web 2.0 tools and applications to discover personal benefits and to examine how individuals, organizations, and societies can use emerging innovations and technologies to improve communications and to increase productivity to maintain competitiveness in the global marketplace. To learn more about the class or to view student work, please visit our class website.

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The above superheros were created by students for their first website created using iWeb. Click to view additional student work and projects.