This week we had Kathryn join us for work experience. She was given the task of producing a tourism website promoting the highlights of Gravesend and the best places to dine.
Here is what Kathryn made of her week with us.
For a week I made a website about Gravesend. I started by taking photo’s of the area and doing research and then put it all together to form the website. I’m very happy with what I made and it helped me with learning how websites are made. As well as learning about how websites are formed this week also helped with photography and trying to attract people to the website. It was quite hard to do the research but after I had all the research it was nice to see it all work together to form the website. Seeing the final result at the end is really nice as I can see what I have achieved.
You can visit the website she made by going here – http://www.hpl-server.co.uk/gravesendtourism
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Mobile phone users
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