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As students get more confident in what they are doing it makes your job a little easy as their teacher. My web design class has 20 students in it and classroom management is extremely important.

The way that my class is designed is important to the learning that takes place. I have in a horseshoe shape all the computers on the back and side walls and in the middle of the class are twenty deskchairs. I have a smartboard in my class that is connected to my desk computer. I also have a DLink DPG 2000w that is connected to my wireless laptop. That way I can move it around the room and have students type in code etc. Yes, I'm spoiled the best of both worlds.

If you follow my lessons I can update you on each day of learning. Most of the students are following instructions very carefully as listed on the site and are up to Lesson 4. They have html experience so the lessons are a review of concepts learned and they are doing it in webmatrix.

Here's an example of one task:

  1. Change the background color of the table. It should be dark enough so that the text is easy to read.
  2. Make the title at the top of the page an <h1> heading style. Align the heading in the center of the page.
  3. Make at least one other line on the page an <h2> heading.
  4. Make the Other titles Bold.
  5. Make the text Normal.
  6. Center the table on the page. This may require you to use the align="center" parameter in the HTML <table> tag.
  7. Remove the copyright line if you wish. There are no songs on this page.

So as you can see it's not a big deal for them but then again as mentioned earlier they are very confident and want to learn more.

Tomorrow more learning on will take place and I'll be discussing Postback and AutoPostback because that will be covered in lesson 6.


Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 12:07 PM Teaching with ASP.NET | Back to top

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