Feb 17, 2003 by
Information Technology Editorial Board
This is a tutorial on the use of Domain Name Servers. The tutorial is part of a collection of tutorials from the www.howstuffworks.com website.
Type of Material:
This would be excellent supplementary reading material to any text that discusses the use of Domain Names Servers on the Internet. Students could be assigned the reading on this material, and then the instructor would discuss it in class and perhaps give some examples.
This site would enhance the lesson in an online environment where the immediate access to an instructor might not be present. The tutorial uses simple terms to define a complex topic.
A browser is all that is needed to access this site and access to the Internet.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The major learning goals are: - to understand what the Domain Name Servers(DNS) are - to be able to describe what an IP address is and how it is used - to learn where to look to set up a DNS - to learn how to determine the IP address of your own computer - to understand the concept of distributed systems
Target Student Population:
Students in an introductory computer or networking college course would benefit from the use of this web site. However, it could be used as a quick reference guide for data communications students as well.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Evaluation and Observation
Discusses a very technical topic in terms that most students can understand.
Some interactive quizzes would enhance this site and well as demo applets. The author does provide some examples to his discussion.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Excellent teaching tool, giving the students not only the basic information, but also some links to additional information and definitions.
It is part of the www.howstuffworks.com website. It is not an individual site.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This is a very easy to use web site. Good navigation buttons and links to browse back and forth between the topics. An index is given at the bottom of each page in case the student wants to re-visit a topic that was already read.