Lesson 1 Notes

 

This lesson provides a brief introduction to the World Wide Web, the use of a Web browser at your computer, and working in BlazeVIEW.  You’ll also begin your Web Site Project by choosing a topic for the project.

Locating Course Resources and Activities

Each lesson in this course will look like this one.  On the first page (homepage) of the lesson will be four sections: Concepts, Class Notes, Resources/Activities, and Assignment.  The Concepts section is just an outline of what will be covered in the lesson.  The Class Notes section (not included in some lessons) provides brief explanations of the concepts and provides directions for using the Resources and doing the Activities.  The Resources often involve accessing information from links to sites on the WWW or to other pages at this course Web site.  The Assignment is also at a link to another page at this course Web site.  The assignment includes reference to the course Scoring Guide and directions for how to submit your work.  All assignments must be posted in the course BlazeVIEW Discussion (Assignment) Area.

The Internet

It's a network of many computer networks. The Internet works because users agreed to share resources and to transfer information in the same way, using one protocol--TCP/IP.  Each computer on the Internet has a unique address, called an IP number or domain name, which allows messages and files to reach the right destination.

World Wide Web (WWW)

The WWW is the entire collection of Web pages located on servers (computers offering information to the Web) all over the world.

A Web page is a hypertext/hypermedia document containing text, sometimes accompanied by pictures, sound, or video clips, along with links to other Web pages or multimedia elements, displayed by a Web browser.  The links, which make Web pages hypermedia, allow the WWW to be experienced in a nonlinear format. A collection of related Web pages on a specific server is a Web site.  (Note:  The word "Web" is always capitalized when it refers to Web pages and Web sites.)

Web Browser

A Web browser is a software application that receives files from a server and displays them on your computer (a client) by interpreting HyperText Markup Language (HTML).

Examples: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari

Browsers provide other ways to use the Internet, such as sending and receiving e-mail and downloading files (copying them to your computer by using FTP).

URLs

A URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is the address of any resource on the Internet that is part of the WWW.  A URL is made up of these parts:

http://teach.valdosta.edu/lfleader/ITED7200/Week1.html

protocol://server address/directory/subdirectory/filename

The top-level domain at the end of the server address identifies the major category for the Web site:  .edu (educational institution), .com (commercial entity), .ca (country), etc.

Using BlazeVIEW (WebCT)

You'll be communicating with your classmates and the instructor, submitting your assignments, and checking your grades at the BlazeVIEW course site for ITED 7200.  If you have not used BlazeVIEW before, or are having trouble accessing the course site or using any of the tools and functions available in BlazeVIEW, VSU Distance Learning provides both self-help and expert assistance.  To find the help screens, just click on the BlazeVIEW link at the VSU homepage.  The VSU BlazeVIEW Home page is accessed, at which you'll find links to answers for commonly asked questions. 

Web Site Project

Your course syllabus describes the Web Site Project on pages 5-8.  You'll be starting your work on the project with this lesson.  The directions for this first step in the project are given on the Assignment 1 page.

What's Out There?  Great Web Sites for Kids

To help you in brainstorming about ideas for a possible topic for your Web Site Project, you might take a look at the Great Web Sites for Kids link on the Lesson 1 homepage.  Even if your topic will be for a high school or adult audience, browsing these sites might give you an idea or two.

Work & Support Groups

Having one or two classmates with whom you can brainstorm about assignments, ask and answer questions, and provide each other support can make the experience of doing online coursework more successful than attempting it alone.  So, after your Biography posting in Assignment 1, you’ll select 1 or 2 classmates to form a Work & Support Group.  Each group will have a personal Discussion area at the BlazeVIEW course site for their own use as a place to meet online.

 

 

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