Pamela Van Walleghen - Building Technology Coordinator
Urbana Middle School/District #116
Adding Java Applets to Web Pages
Previous to this activity all students will have created a basic personal web page.
- Students will create an individualized applet and embed it in an html document
- Students will learn to download, unzip (if necessary), and organize the necessary
files to allow the applet to run on their html document
- Students will discover sources for applets available for use on the web
- Each student will need a computer connected to the internet running Netscape 3.0
or higher or Microsoft Internet Explorer 3 or higher
- Each student will need the html files used for a personal web page and adequate
storage for additional files
Time: Approximately one 40 minute class period. Extension activity: At least one
additional class period.
- Because many applets contain .class files necessary to run the applet in a zipped
format, each student should download an UnZip utility before proceeding.
Mac format: ZipIt 1.3.8 for Mac:
Mac format: UnZip 5.3:
PC format: UnZip
- Each student should connect to the URL for
"A Dancing Text" applet.
- Download the "sntext.zip" file by clicking on here on the web page
- Unzip the file
- Place the SNSineText.class file in the same directory as the personal web page files
- Copy and paste the html tags at the top of the personal html document
- Follow the directions in "A Dancing Text" to modify the tags
- Save the html document and load it into the browser to see the applet run
- Finding and Adding an Additonal applet
- If time permits, each student can locate an additional applet to add to their personal web page.
A good starting place is http://www.gamelan.com
Students at Urbana middle School today approach the computer lab with an eagerness
and enthusiasm based partly on their past experiences with technology. Each new
sixth grade class comes with a slightly highter level of technical expertise allowing for
the development of highter level skills. This lesson gives each student the opportunity
to create a unique product while still following a highly structured set of directions.
Problem solving and communication are built into the computer lab setting as students
follow the rule to ask each neighbor for help before asking an adult. As students begin the extension
activity associated with this lesson, one component should be a discussion of ethics and legalities.
Using resources developed by others requires careful investigation into restrictiions for use
and proper citing of sources.
Some students will need a longer time and extra guidance to successfully complete this lesson while
others will havea the opportunity to examine the wealth of resources available and begin
to evaluate the value of using applets to deliver content in a variety of ways.
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