All Around the World
All Around the World
LEARNING GOAL: The Basics of HTML
Students will be able to design multiple web pages with HTML through the use of simple Text Editors.
PROJECT: MAIN OBJECTIVE
Over the last four weeks, you have constructed multiple pages with text, with images, with links, and with colors. Now the time has come to take all that you know and apply it to a graded design of your own.
During this project, you and your team will be creating multiple home page designs for a country that all of you choose together. You may not choose the United States, of course, and you may not choose the same country that another group in this class or another class has already selected this semester, but there are almost 200 countries throughout the world. In other words, there are plenty of countries to go around.
The main objective of this project is for you and your team to design multiple home pages for the country that your team selected. You are NOT expected to build an entire website. In fact, you haven’t even learned how to build an entire website yet. What you’ve achieved in this Learning Goal is the ability to design multiple web pages, not multi-page websites. So again, for this project, you are ONLY expected to design Home Pages.
SO WHAT IS A HOME PAGE?
A Home Page is the first page someone sees when they visit the domain of a website. For example, when you go to milweewebdesign.com, you always see the same image, the same text, and the same links. Even though designers will always make more pages (About, Contact, Services, Population, etc), the Home Page is all about making a good first impression. It has to be simple and not crowded. A few main links, maybe one or two well placed images, and a little bit of text is all the Home Page really needs.
For a web designer, the Home Page is often called index.html and it sits inside the Root Directory of a website, which is basically the first folder where all the other folders can be seen. But remember, you are not designing other pages and you are not trying to design a complete website. All you need to do is come up with multiple home page designs for the country that you and your team select.
CHOOSING A COUNTRY
Before we start working on any designs, you and your team will need a few minutes to discuss nearly 200 countries and choose 2-3 different countries that you might find fun to consider for this project. The reason you need 2-3 is because if your first or second choice has already been taken, you’ll have backups. Remember that this is not about any other group or any other students other than you and your team. Even if you make your decision quickly, use this time to learn a little more about the countries you might be using for your home page designs.
So take the next 10 minutes to discuss that list of nearly 200 countries. After 10 minutes, the teacher will ask each team to name their country of choice. After 10 Minutes, the teacher will toss your team a mini-globe and you must be able to point to the location of the country you and your team have chosen.
SCHEDULE AND DEADLINES
Monday, March 5 (P5) / Wednesday, March 7 (P2, P6) (85 Minutes)
Introduction & Planning
Thursday, March 8 (P5) / Friday, March 9 (P2, P6) (85 Minutes)
Full Design Workday
Monday, March 12 (P2, P6) / Tuesday, March 13 (P5) (85 Minutes)
Final Design Workday
Wednesday, March 14 (P5) / Thursday, March 15 (P2, P6) (85 Minutes)
Design Grading Day (Schedules – To Be Determined)
RUBRIC AND EXPECTATIONS
Knowing how to get an A is just as important as proving what you can design. Review the Project Grading Rubric in order to understand how you will be graded.
EXPECTATION #1: If you are absent on one of the project days without a written explanation (doctor’s note, field trip, testing, etc), you will lose at least 10 percentage points on the final grade. And for every day that you are gone, you will continue to lose 10 percentage points.
EXPECTATION #2: Be sure that at least ONE OF YOU are here on the day of grading or ALL students in a group will receive a zero.
On the last day of design, the teacher will come around from team to team and use the grading rubric to provide students with feedback and a grade on their project.
RESOURCES AND CODES
With any new project, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. But remember that you have everything you could possibly need to be successful. Here is a list of things you can use.
1. Any source code you have already written
2. Any of the source code templates from Lesson 2.7
3. Any of the Try It Editors from W3Schools
4. CoolText Logo Maker (for making a country logo)
5. The Code Validator under the Resources Tab
When it comes to the design, please feel free to use ANY of the resources above or you can even use OTHER resources you find. You do not HAVE to write your Home Pages from scratch in order to do well on the project. You simply need to make them look as good as you possibly can using the information you learn about your country and the codes you should already know how to write.
STEPS FOR GETTING STARTED
So you and your team now have a country, you know the deadlines, you know what’s required to earn an A, you know the rules, and you even know all the resources. But you’re still a little bit overwhelmed. Where do you start? Here is a simple step-by-step suggestion for getting started.
Step 1: Set Up Folders – Go into your projects folder and create a new folder called “COUNTRYNAME” and then go into that folder and create a new subfolder called “img” where you can save any images you plan to use for the project.
Step 2: Exchange Contact Info – This is a team-based project, so knowing how to communicate with each other is really important. Now is a great time to exchange phone numbers and email addresses. You can even create a Share Folder on Google Docs so that your team can share files and ideas.
Step 3: Research Your Country – With your team, research everything you can about the country you selected and consider all the various things you might need to know for a home page. Is it a highly populated country? Is it full of mountains or valleys? Is it a warm country or a cold country? Does the country have any nicknames (Ireland, for example, is known as The Emerald Isle)?
Step 4: Decide on Source Code(s) – With your team, decide whether you’re going to build your pages from scratch or whether you’re going to start from an existing source code. TIP: You could always build your first home page using an earlier source code and then try building one from scratch if you have time left.
Step 5: Design Your Home Page(s) – Every member of your team must design at least one Home Page, but designing more than one Home Page per member gives your team a better chance of getting an A, so if one member of the team finishes a single Home Page, that member should either assist their team or get started on another Home Page sample.
Step 6: Check the Rubric – Before you decide that your team is finished, check the rubric to make sure you’ve done everything necessary to earn the best possible grade.