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
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.
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.)
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).
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:
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
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
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
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.