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Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 5th February 2015

Xara Web Designer: http://www.xara.com/us/

if you’re looking for a more affordable and easier to use Web development system than Dreamweaver, I may have just the thing for you: Xara Web Designer 9.

http://www.cio.com/article/2385755/developer/no-more-adobe-dreamweaver–so-how-about-xara-web-designer-.html

Other IMS blog entries on Web development:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2015/01/29/dreamweaver-cc/

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Dreamweaver CC

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 29th January 2015

Beginning several versions ago and continuing through the current version of Dreamweaver, the program dispensed with the old method of applying these sorts of character formatting (which was to use the HTML <font> tag) in favor of using CSS styles. This change happened mostly behind the scenes in Code view, so if you have been using Dreamweaver for quite some time, you may not have even noticed the change. Beginning with Dreamweaver CS4, the program enforces the use of CSS for text styling by requiring you to participate in defining CSS rules for changing fonts, font sizes, and font colors.

http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2130937&seqNum=6

My Note: I disagree with the statement in bold above. The difference in terms of text formatting between CS5 and CC reminds me painfully that decisive moment when iMovie changed from its simple layout to the FinalCut Pro layout. I clearly understand the reason why: the software is much more powerful, but the learning curve is also much steeper and does not allow novices (students) to be introduced to web development using Dreamweaver. Surely DW cannot satisfy all its customers, but the move is about to turn off the newbies.

The reason for the change to CSS is important. Pages styled with CSS are much more flexible than pages that use HTML <font> tags, and they can be maintained more easily. For example, when a site is redesigned, every page that uses <font> tags must be individually changed to match the new design. If you have hundreds or thousands of pages in your site, that’s a lot of work. Sites that use CSS to style text only need to change the style sheet document, and the changes automatically ripple through the whole site.

Using Adobe Edge web fonts

http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2130937&seqNum=14

Previewing Files and Modifying Existing CSS Layouts Using Adobe Dreamweaver CC

http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2044340

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How To Start Integrating Coding Into Project Based Learning

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 4th September 2014

How To Start Integrating Coding Into Project Based Learning

http://www.edudemic.com/coding-into-project-based-learning/

PBL Tenet #1: Create Real World Connections

Coding Application: Find a solution to a problem by creating an App or Website

PBL Tenet #2: Foster Critical Thinking

Coding application: Coding requires a series of logical steps

PBL Tenet #3: Structured Collaboration

Coding application: Coding creates learning communities

PBL Tenet #4: Student Driven

Coding application: Perseverance and self teaching are important skills learned through coding

PBL Tenet #5: Multifaceted approach

Coding application: A programming language is only one part of an app or website

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Technology – “Programming and Coding week” Week: March 17 – 21

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 17th March 2014

• Monday
Basics of HTML
• Tuesday
Basics of CSS and/or Java Script
• Wednesday
Basics of mobile apps programing
• Thursday
Basics of HTML5
• Friday
Basics of XML

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10 +1 Excellent platforms to create your class website

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 2nd November 2013

10 Excellent platforms to create your class website

  1. Wix
  2. Google Sites
  3. Weebly for Education
  4. Yola
  5. SchoolRack
  6. Blogger
  7. WordPress
  8. Edublog
  9. KidBlog
  10. Glogster Edu

 

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