High School Technology Teachers Solving Budget Challenges with Web Design Curriculum

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Faced with tight budgetary constraints, many high school technology teachers are turning away from traditional publishers in favor of more affordable products, including the web design curriculum created by High School Web Design (HSWD). Breaking from tradition, the Colorado-based publisher offers its curriculum products on a per-school license basis with no annual renewal fees.

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The cost to teach a single class can quickly run into the thousands of dollars, which many school districts can no longer afford.

High school teachers preparing to teach web design to their students are in for a shock. Not only are there very few curriculum options in the marketplace, but most of those that are available require specialized software, per-seat licensing, or expensive workbooks for each student.

This is the time-worn pricing model from traditional educational publishers, and under this system, the cost to teach a single class can quickly run into the thousands of dollars, which many school districts can no longer afford.

“Previously, unless a teacher purchased one of these costly packages, their only other option was to create all their own materials or patch together various resources from the internet,” notes Michael Cheser, owner of High School Web Design. “We found that situation completely unacceptable, so we set out to create a high-quality web design curriculum that is easily affordable by any school district.”

The Introduction to Web Design curriculum is a comprehensive 12-week course that teaches students how to create their own websites entirely by hand-coding valid XHTML and CSS web pages. No proprietary software, such as Adobe Dreamweaver or Microsoft Expression Web, is required.

The curriculum pack includes all the materials an instructor needs to hit the ground running: lesson plans, slide presentations, hands-on class projects, grading rubrics, tests and quizzes, and more.

The entire bundle sells for $199 per school and has no annual renewal or maintenance fees. With a single license, a school can use (and reuse) the materials for an unlimited number of teachers, classrooms, and students within the same school campus.

“We hear from a lot of high school teachers who learn on short notice they will be teaching web design in the coming term.” laughs Cheser. “You sense the panic in their voices, as many of them don’t have much web design experience themselves.

“We explain that the curriculum pack already has everything they need to start teaching the course right away. If their own web skills are a little rusty, they can just stay a week or two ahead of the students and learn the topic themselves, yet still teach the course effectively.”

The web design curriculum has been an instant hit with teachers. As a result, the company published its second product - an Introduction to WordPress curriculum - in July 2012, and is actively developing an Introduction to HTML5 curriculum, to be released in the coming months.

High School Web Design (HSWD) was founded in 2010 and is based in Fort Collins, Colorado. To learn more about the company and its products, please visit their website at http://highschoolwebdesign.com.

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