Web Design

Web Design provides a hands-on introduction to designing, building, and launching websites. First, students learn how the World Wide Web works, and they examine successful websites. Then they learn the basics of HTML coding and create their own web pages. Next, students explore various web development tools, and they get practice creating websites using Adobe Dreamweaver. They learn how to make their websites more effective by applying the principles of design as well as usability and accessibility criteria. In the final unit, students explore a variety of web design careers that they might want to pursue.

The course includes a culminating project where students create a website for a client such as a nonprofit organization, a small business, or a school club. Students begin the project by examining their client’s business requirements. Then they define a look and feel that is compatible with the client’s requirements. After completing these planning steps, they create the website, which involves designing pages using Adobe Dreamweaver, preparing graphics, and writing effective web content. Finally, they test their website for usability and accessibility.

This course is expected to take 77 50-minute class periods.

Course Scope & Sequence

The Scope & Sequence lists the learning objectives for each lesson, providing you with an overview of what your students will learn during the course. You can use these learning objectives as a guide to determine how the course enables your students to reach the requisite goals set for them.

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Lesson Descriptions

The Lesson Descriptions document includes a brief overview of every lesson in the course. This is the narrative companion to the course Scope & Sequence document.

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Course Support

If you have questions about this course, need a hand with a particular lesson, or just have a great idea to share, please contact Kevin English directly at kenglish@naf.org. We are available to support you in teaching the course while also gathering feedback to improve the NAF curriculum.

Culminating Project Overview

In every NAF course, students complete a culminating project and present it in the final lesson. Download the Project Overview to learn the details about the culminating project for this course and to find out what advance preparation the project entails.

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NAFTrack Certification Course Guide

NAFTrack Certification is a nationally recognized, standards-based set of tools developed by NAF to evaluate students' readiness for college and career. By completing all NAFTrack Certification requirements, students demonstrate mastery of academic skills and career-related knowledge. The requirements are as follows: for each of four NAF courses, students complete all coursework, pass the end-of-course exam, and fulfill culminating project responsibilities, as evidenced by uploading key pieces of work.

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Correlations to the Common Core State Standards

This document identifies which of the ELA and Math Common Core State Standards are met by each lesson in the course. You can use these correlations as an aid to preparing your students for college and careers.

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We welcome questions and feedback about these course materials. For a prompt response, please email Kevin English directly at kenglish@naf.org.

Blended/Online Learning:

Use NAF's Web Design: Web-Enabled Course Outline to engage students face-to-face or online.

The ZIP file below contains the current version of every file for this course. Be sure to download it before the start of each school year. If you just need a specific file or two, it's quicker to use the individual links listed on this page.

All Course Files (ZIP file)

Unit 2: Overview of Website Development

Lesson 5: Tools for Website Development

Lesson 6: Formulating a Website

Unit 4: Producing a Website

Lesson 9: Using Development Tools and Techniques

Lesson 10: Gathering and Preparing Web Content

Lesson 11: Preparing a Website for Launch

Unit 5: Hosting a Website and Attracting Traffic

Lesson 12: Hosting a Website

Lesson 13: Attracting Traffic

Unit 6: Careers in Web Design

Lesson 14: Exploring Web Industry Careers and Learning from Industry Experts

Lesson 15: Project Presentation and Course Closure

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