3 Simple HTML Worksheets

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As a very simple intro to HTML for my very mixed ability class I went through a couple of random webpages on the internet and, in discussion, we picked out some of the tags that were used.  I then asked the pupils to create their own pages.  To ensure that everyone got the chance of creating something on their own, everyone had to reproduce the green sheet (see below).  Even those that this is not an ideal exercise for (mainly the dyslexic pupils who find copying work difficult) had a sense of achievement a they saw they had created a web page on their own using only code.

All pupils quickly moved onto the Amber sheet which builds upon the green.  For the ‘slower’ pupils, I placed a copy of the code with incomplete tags into their work folders.  This meant that they weren’t penalised by slow typing speed.  Once the amber was complete many pupils then went onto the red which builds directly on the amber.

After red, I gave the pupils a cheat sheet of codes, including some that they had not already come across.  I then asked them to create their own pages.  The only additional guidance was to experiment with as many of the tags as possible and to be creative.

I know that this is a very simple lesson; however, it covers quite a lot of the ‘essential’ tags and also allows every pupil to create their own pages.  Feel free to use the pages available to download using the links below.  (some formatting has been lost after converting to googledocs)

Green  /  Amber  /  Red

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Worksheet for BBC Panorama Computer Game Addiction video

Whilst I know that the programme was rather biased against computer games, it is still a very interesting programme that pupils could get a lot out of.  In our previous lesson we had discussed addiction and I even set up a little pacman test exercise to see how easy it was to get addicted.  A lot of what was discussed could be summarised as the pupils believing that addiction stemmed from the fact that they wanted to get a better score than their peers and would therefore continue playing until they achieved this.  I know that Ihave massively over simplified this, but I think there is some mileage to that point.

Anyway, to the point of this post, please use the Google doc below if you think it is of use in your class.  At the top of the page are three links; the first and third are links to some interesting work done by Robbie Cooper; whilst the second is the link to the Panorama video.  Enjoy – feedback is always welcome!