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Lesson Length The expected lesson length will be approximately one hour

Some variation possible.

Assessment Level 1

Students The lesson is suitable for KS3 and KS4 students Since this is a new specification, the lesson is suitable for Year 7 to 9 students and differentiated by outcome  
Overall Focus This criterion will be broken down into 3 lessons to look at the main components of server services. The lesson will look at how web based services, such as web pages, are handled by servers.

Lesson Links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39

Key words web server, HTML, PHP, MySQL, HTTP These words need to be reinforced throughout the series of lessons  
Assessment Identify key services provided by Internet servers Evidence here will be the students showing a basic understanding of the main terms and being able to demonstrate they know how web pages function. Explore different web servers and services, if possible, showing some of the systems in operation.  Look at the elements of web pages and how they fit together.
Key Questions Some questions to get learners thinking about the topics Some questions and examples will get the students thinking about what web services are and what they take for granted when using the Internet in their daily lives. The Internet is relatively standards free.  Most of what students do on the Internet can be done on virtually any Internet enabled device.  Why is this?
Learning Objectives
  • To understand the key aspects and technologies of web serving
  • To describe and explain, with examples, how web pages are served
  • To understand how web pages function

Students will need to understand some of the key elements of web serving such as web servers, HTML, scripting languages, database etc.

If you are using the Learning Machine learning system, students can add their comments and material to this site as evidence of their growing understanding.  The site, if used consistently, will show progression via charts of activity and outcomes.
Teaching and Learning Elements
  • introduction to web server software
  • detailed look at the main applications such as HTML, SQL, PHP etc
  • Students can break into groups and work on some basic HTML
  • Class discussion and evaluation of the wider uses of Internet technology
  • Summarize the key points and reinforce the importance of open standards

In this lesson we need to give students some understanding of some of the elements of web sites such as the basic HTML code.  Some practical exercises on this would be helpful with discussions about open standards and net neutrality.

There is no need to go into great details, but it would be useful to explore some of the interactive aspects of web pages brought about through languages such as PHP, Perl or proprietary ones.

Using a Virtual Machine is an easy way to play with web server technology without messing up your own network. 

Lesson Structure Possible structure
  1. investigate web page structures
  2. show students some more examples of web page functions
  3. group work to work on some of their own views and examples
  4. discuss what they have learned and what they can apply
  5. volunteers to share their work and explain how they came to their opinions
  6. highlight next week's focus and issue homework

Web server graphic

The Warrior on the Net video is useful as an overview of the main elements of web services.

HTML practice can de done on sample web sites if appropriate.  The TLM Learning Site can be used with HTML if required.

See if the IT team can show students their Internet web server set up and some of the configuration options.

Some videos here explain some of the issues with virtual machines if they will be used to explain some of these systems and services.

Homework Get students to bring in some print out of the source code for their favourite web site to look at what is in there. Students can vary their homework depending on their level of understanding. Get students to document their experience on their portfolio system for assessment


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