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Amazon Web Services - Create Your Own Website

On-Line for Summer 2020

Teacher: Rebekah Lang & Katie Hilder


Our class runs from June 1-July 10th! We need 5 more students to sign up this weekend to run the course! This is your last chance to sign up!!


Course Description and Goals: Most of us devour online content--from reading news to posting on social media to learning new skills from YouTube videos. But did you know that ⅓ of all internet users are accessing their content through an Amazon Web Service (AWS) cloud-powered website daily? Amazon Web Services is the GIANT behind so much of our internet access and yet over 2/3rd of Americans don’t know that it even exists. Here are two incredibly detailed infographics to expand on that:  and 

AWS is extremely intimidating, but they’re trying to reach out to students. They’ve created the AWS Educate program to give students a chance to use their services for free. This course will be a gateway into the world of AWS. Students will use WordPress to create their own website or blog, while using the AWS S3 buckets and EC2 to host and deploy their WordPress project. 

By the time our course is finished, students will have learned the basics of blog writing, website creation and publishing! AND students will have created their own AWS student accounts to access 100s of hours of additional tutorial content.

We will have 2 one-hour live meetings each week on Zoom (Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 am ET). During these meetings, we will review assigned material, teach key concepts, and encourage collaboration through discussions and practice activities. Throughout the week, students will access the assignments and participate in asynchronous discussions through Schoology. While the assignments are not graded, we will encourage students to keep up with the work weekly to get the most out of this experience. We can also communicate via email.

Tentative Weekly Topics:

Week 1: Intro. to AWS and WordPress
Week 2: Setting up a website on AWS / data costs, etc...
Week 3: WordPress formatting
Week 4:Blog Writing Content
Week 5: Peer Critiquing of Websites
Week 6: Website Presentations for technology-credit students

This class can be taken as a non-credit enrichment class OR for ¼ year technology credit. Your final proof of learning will be your published website. If you wish to take this class for credit, you will have to make a final website presentation for the class, and we will assess the presentation and your final website with a rubric and award a grade accordingly.

Materials Needed: 

Course Scheduling: We will have 2 one-hour live meetings each week on Zoom, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 am - 11 am ET (except for Friday, July 3rd). I will record the Zoom meetings for those unable to attend live. The course will run from June 1st - July 10th (6 weeks). The coursework and meetings could take as little as 3 hours per week or much more if students wish to write a lot of content for their new websites.

Tuition: $250 for non-credit enrichment or $350 for ¼ credit in computer science and 6th week assessments. You will also receive up to $85 dollars of AWS credit by enrolling with us.

No Application Required! All students ages 14 and up are welcome! If you’re interested in enrolling in this course, you can sign up by paying course tuition here. **We expect a minimum of 10 students to run this course. If we have at least 25 students enrolled, we'll add additional Zoom meeting times to keep the class sizes smaller.**

Teaching Qualifications: 

Ms. Katie Hilder: I have 12 years experience coaching youth sports and am excited to combine that with my 8 years of industry experience in order to effectively and passionately educate students. I am currently a mom of two children and a freelance full stack developer. I have extensive experience building web apps and an understanding of AWS services with both frontend and backend implementation.

I Graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelors in Business Management, a minor in Information Systems and a Masters in Sports Management. I am committed to both personal and professional development and I am excited to be a part of this course.  

Ms. Rebekah Lang: I am a lifelong teacher and learner who has taught in public, charter, private and online for PA Homeschoolers, for middle and high school students. The past 3 years, I have taught AP Computer Science Principles for PA Homeschoolers, and last year I added an Intro. to Computer Science course as well.  My educational background is in teaching English, so I feel confident I can help students to develop strong content for their websites while also guiding the development of the computing skills and understanding of AWS. I'm excited to be able to offer this course to work alongside Ms. Hilder and our students to learn even more about computer science!

Education and certifications: I graduated with a BA in English with Secondary Education certification from Grove City College. I earned an MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University and a Teacher of English as a Second Language certificate from Penn State Lehigh Valley. I hold the following PA and NJ teaching certifications: 7-12 English, all middle school subjects, Communications 7-12 (PA only), and teaching English as a second language (K-12).

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