Week 6 – Web Content Development

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Create interesting content!

Once you have created your web space, the next thing to be done is to put some content on it. It is not an easy job since it requires a lot of research, writing, gathering, organising and editing information, because you are expected to publish quality content on the website that will be available for wider audience. The contents you put on your website may consist of graphics, prose, pictures, recordings, movies, or other media that could be viewed by a web browser.

At the beginning of the Internet, web developers developed their own contents. However, in time web development became a challenging thing to be done by a single person, because it involved a variety of technologies, such as graphic design, multimedia development, professional writing, and documentation. Moreover, search engines are looking for high quality, unique content, which requires specialists in each field to enable this. Another thing to be kept in mind when developing web content is the keyword-stuffed content, which will enable your web site to be recognised by search engines, and thus made available to the wider audience.

Each web site should be well organised when it comes to its contents. This is why, for the purpose of our Digital Literacy for EFL Students course, we decided to introduce three sections to our web site. The first section is titled About Us, and it contains short biographies of the participants in this course. The second section is titled Tetovo Education, because we decided to provide quality content about the schools our participants go to, both primary and secondary, as well as to give visibility to the schools that are not represented on the Internet with their own content, at least not all of them. Students were encouraged to research, and provide information regarding both the advantages and disadvantages of their immediate learning environments, and to prepare short articles sharing their personal experiences and views on education in Tetovo, regarding their respective schools. The third section is titled Tetovo Entertainment. Here, we wanted to provide content regarding a variety of amenities that attract the attention of the young population, such as: a sports club or facility; a coffee bar or a disco club popular with the young population; a culture centre including theatrical groups that work with young actors; NGOs that offer youth programs such as debate clubs or youth activism; and museums, or even shopping malls that young people find attractive.

All participants provided interesting contents that can be found on our school’s website. With this we have completed the second stage of our Digital Literacy for EFL Students related to Web Design.

What is your opinion about the contents we have provided? Are they informative and user-friendly enough?

Please share your comments and suggestions with us!

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Week 5 – Creating Web Space

Have you ever thought about creating your own web space?

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It is a great challenge, for young people especially, to find their apt position in the web space, in order to be able to exchange their ideas, services and goods on the global market. Therefore, the Digital Literacy for EFL Students course focuses on developing this skill among its participants, in order to prepare them for the digital era as future professionals.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • WWW stands for World Wide Web and it was invented in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee. He also introduced the first web server, the first browser and editor, as well as the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).
  • The first website (info.cern.ch) was published in 1991 by Tim Berners-Lee.
  • In 2013 alone, the number of websites increased from about 630 million to 850 million by the end of the year.
  • Today there are more than 1 billion active websites on the Internet.

There are basically two types of websites: static and interactive. Interactive sites allow you to interact with the site owner, while the static only present information and do not allow any interactivity between the owner and the audience, at least not directly. There are websites that are produced by enthusiasts for personal use or entertainment, and they are mostly informational. However, most of the sites are commercial and aim to make money, using a variety of models, such as advertising, e-commerce (you can actually buy products or services directly through the web site), freemium sites (you can use some of the contents for free, while premium contents are paid for).

In order to create your own web space, you will need to provide a domain name, which is your own web address, as well as hosting – a service that connects your site to the Internet. This might require a certain fee, which varies in different countries, although there are many other free platforms, like wordpress.com, which allow you to create a website from scratch in an easy way. Check out the links (8. How to Make a Website, and 9. How to Build a Website using HTML) available on our Padlet – Digital Literacy for EFL Students for more information.

For the purpose of this training, we decided to use our school’s website as our domain name in order to introduce students with the basics of web design using HTML. Students are encouraged to prepare their own short biographies for the About Us section, and are given a classroom demonstration on how to post their bios to the website.

The following poll is for all participants on the Digital Literacy for EFL Students course:

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