CIW Instructor Development Program - Classroom Equipment

CIW Instructor Development

This page lists the hardware, software and connectivity requirements to implement the CIW Instructor Development Program seminar for the three CIW Web Foundations Associate courses:

Classroom equipment
  • Internet Business Associate
  • Site Development Associate
  • Network Technology Associate

Before class, the instructor should install and configure the instructor and participant/student systems using the following instructions:

Hardware

Each classroom should be equipped with an individual computer workstation for each student and the instructor. The following table summarizes the hardware requirements for all courses in the CIW program.

Note: The CIW hardware requirements are similar to the minimum system requirements for Microsoft Windows 7 implementation.

 

Hardware Specifications Minimum Requirements
Processor 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
Hard disk 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB available hard disk space (64-bit) for Windows 7 installation.
16 GB of additional space must be available for course applications and files.
RAM 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
Network interface card (NIC) Wireless, 10/100 Ethernet, or Gigabit Ethernet
Sound card/speakers Required
Video adapter DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 driver
Network connectivity Enough wireless nodes, hubs or switches to allow classroom computers to communicate and access the Internet.
Monitor 1024 x 768 screen resolution using a VGA, DVI or HDMI connector
Web camera (Webcam) Any type of Web camera. Some monitors include an internal Webcam. USB Webcams are a good choice.

Software

The CIW Web Foundations series is intended to be largely operating system- and browser-independent. Provided you use Hypertext Markup Language version 5 (HTML5)-compliant browsers, the labs should function properly. HTML5-compliant browsers include Windows Internet Explorer 9, Google Chrome (any version) and Mozilla Firefox (version 10 or higher).

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Warning: If you are unable to upgrade to Microsoft Windows 7, you will be unable to use Windows Internet Explorer 9 (IE9). Unfortunately, IE9 is the only IE browser that supports HTML5 without modifications. Windows XP and Vista only support up to IE8. If your classroom must use a Windows XP or Vista installation, please use the latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox instead of IE8 or previous for the labs. If you are required to use IE8 or previous, then the Site Development Associate course will require you to include JavaScript into each Web page for the HTML5 coding to render properly. Instructions for adding the JavaScript code is included in the Classroom Setup Guide.

If you are teaching all three CIW Web Foundations courses sequentially, there is no need to reformat your computers for each course. The recommended software configurations for computers used to complete the labs in this book series are as follows.

Internet Business Associate
To be installed before class:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (typical installation)
  • Windows Internet Explorer 9 (typical installation)

To be registered by students during class:

  • Google account (www.google.com) — necessary for students to access online cloud services and resources, such as Google Drive, Google Docs, Gmail, Google+ and Blogger. Students are responsible for their own account registration.
  • Windows Live account (explore.live.com) — necessary for students to access online cloud services and resources, such as SkyDrive, Hotmail, Essentials and Messenger. Students are responsible for their own account registration.

To be installed by students during course labs:

  • Firefox 10 or higher (binary provided in the C:\CIW\Internet\Lab Files\Lesson04 folder)
  • Google Chrome — any version (binary provided in the C:\CIW\Internet\Lab Files\Lesson04 folder)
  • Ogg Codecs (binary provided in the C:\CIW\Internet\Lab Files\Lesson05 folder)
  • Thunderbird 2.0 (binary provided in the C:\CIW\Internet\Lab Files\Lesson07 folder)
  • TightVNC, Bzip2 and Bunzip2 (binaries provided in the C:\CIW\Internet\Lab Files\Lesson09 folder)
  •  Windows Live Messenger (binaries provided in the C:\CIW\Internet\Lab Files\Lesson02 folder)
  • Ad-Aware (binary provided in the C:\CIW\Internet\Lab Files\Lesson08 folder)
  • GanttProject (binary provided in the C:\CIW\Internet\Lab Files\Lesson10 folder)

Site Development Associate
To be installed before class:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (typical installation)
  • Windows Internet Explorer 9.0 (typical installation)
  • Google Chrome — any version (typical installation)
  • Firefox 10 or higher (typical installation)
  • Windows Live Movie Maker (typical installation)

To be installed by students during course labs:

  • Lynx (binary provided in the C:\CIW\Site_Dev\Lab Files\Lesson01\Lab_1-3\Lynx folder)
  • FormMail (binary provided in the C:\CIW\Site_Dev\Lab Files\Lesson06\Lab_6-1\FormMail folder)
  • KompoZer (binary provided in the C:\CIW\Site_Dev\Lab Files\Lesson09\Lab_9-1 folder)
  • Free Video Converter Factory (binary provided in the C:\CIW\Site_Dev\Lab Files\Lesson07\Lab_7-2 folder)

To be installed by instructor for instructor-led demonstration in Optional Lab 8-1:

  • XAMPP (binary provided in the C:\CIW\Site_Dev\Lab Files\Lesson08\Optional_Lab_8-1\XAMPP folder)

Network Technology Associate
To be installed before class:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (typical installation)
  • Windows Internet Explorer 9.0 (typical installation)
  • Firefox 10 or later (typical installation)
  • Chrome — any version (typical installation)

To be installed by students during course labs:

  • uTorrent (binary provided in the C:\CIW\Network\Lab Files\Lesson01 folder)
  • FileZilla_v3.0.2.1 (torrent file provided in the C:\CIW\Network\Lab Files\Lesson01 folder)
  • 7-Zip (binary provided in the C:\CIW\Network\Lab Files\Lesson01 folder)
  • TruCrypt 7 or higher (binary provided in the C:\CIW\Network\Lab Files\Lesson06 folder)
  • VirtualBox (binary provided in the C:\CIW\Network\Lab Files\Lesson02 folder)
  • Porteus Linux (binary provided in the C:\CIW\Network\Lab Files\Lesson02 folder)

Connectivity

Internet connectivity is required for this course. You will experience optimal performance with a dedicated Internet connection (e.g., a cable/DSL modem or a T1 line). However, you can teach the course using slower connections (e.g., 56-Kbps modem). Additionally, there will be multiple browsers used in this course.

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