Posted 02 March 2009 - 07:51 PM
Chelsea, as we've discussed privately, is one of my **third** year students. I'm talking about beginners. The OP talked about a web 1.0 site, so I took that to mean basic construction, basic file structure, no CSS, original graphics used for backgrounds and within the site.
Much can be learned on the web, as you state. However, that is not, let me repeat, not, what a teacher is supposed to be directing their students to do. Students can be directed to web sites for supplementation to what they learn in the classroom. But if this student wanted to truly learn web design, web development, and move to the next level, why would they bother to enroll in a class, spend time in a classroom, and turn in assignments and projects for a grade that can affect their grade point average (and frankly, be judged by someone who put forth no effort in instruction of said projects)? To me, a teacher of way too many years, this doesn't make sense, and it's not fair to the student sitting in front of that computer screen who has a desire to learn. Obviously Nukie has the intrinsic desire (hence their coming here to seek help). This does not negate the lazy excuse for a teacher that they obviously seem to have (IMHO).
I may not teach everything to be completely up to compliant code, nor may I teach everything to be exactly the way true developers believe sites should be constructed. However, what I do provide for my students is some guidance, a feeling for working with websites, and the knowledge that they can achieve and adapt and learn much more complex concepts that are not within my grasp or capabilities (after all, I'm working with high school level equipment through tightly filtered internet access -- I can't even log into our webmaster email account as it's blocked from our school servers). My students have no fears when they leave my classroom. They can "talk the talk" and they can, indeed "walk the walk".
Unfortunately, all too many teachers know absolutely nothing about websites and website development. There are four high schools in my district (each high school has enrollment of over 3500 students). I am the only teacher in my entire district who teaches the web design class that I teach. In my multimedia class (which other teachers in the district do teach), I focus on web development and the integration of web software (Flash, Fireworks) solely during second semester of the course. The other teachers will teach Flash and Fireworks, and they'll show them what Dreamweaver looks like, but they never build a site. Not once. Two of my first year (first-time) students have already uploaded their sites. So, after 5 weeks of instruction, have built a 6-page site with custom background graphics, rollover menu buttons, hyper links to outside sources, incorporated and linked PDF files, added java scripts (thanks to Dynamic Drive) that they've customized, and their own individually made animated bullets. And then I showed them how to make a FTP connection, create folders, and transfer files to our server. You and I and many other people reading this section of the forum may know what I'm talking about, but grab the average teacher and you're talking over their head -- way way over their head.
Nukie deserves better.
Off my soapbox now. Sorry.