Dobie High School teaching web skills

Kudos to Mary Walker, at J. Frank Dobie High School, for taking the initiative and teaching kids web skills.

Teacher develops award-winning program

Mary Walker’s Dobie students learn Web skills

— Houston Chronicle

Mary Walker always expects her students to win first place. There is no reason for them not to.

Since the inception of J. Frank Dobie High School’s Web Mastering program in 2001, a Dobie team has won first place in the Pasadena Independent School District Web design contest every year.

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In Web I, students complete Web sites based on school subjects using various software and programming languages. Walker chooses one site to represent the school at district.

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Walker sees the program being expanded and more teachers being added. Slated for January 2008, Web mastering will move to a new computer lab in Dobie’s appended wing.

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To learn more about the program and to view the winning sites, visit www.jfrankdobie.org.

Fast fact:

Dobie is the only school in PISD to have its own domain name. In 1995, Mary Walker and her husband, attorney Milton Walker, taught themselves HTML programming so they could develop the Web site. They thought Dobie needed a site to “let everyone know” of the many accomplishments at the school. The program receives no funding, but Walker credits Principal Steve Jamail with supporting the program “whole-heartedly”

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