We introduce students to web design by building a web page in notepad, using 12 words of code.
As we progress, students build web pages of increasing complexity using notepad and Photoshop, until each student has a 4 page website built around a subject of their choice. Students often choose to build a portfolio style website, though we have had students build web sites about gaming, poodles, and rock bands. We encourage students to pick a subject that interests them as that leads to a better web site. Students learn how to upload and manage their work on a live web server using browser based FTP and Dreamweaver FTP.