Surfin' England

Methodenphase: Exploring the world of British punk music

1.1 Working with the CD

  1. Pick the "music" channel, go to "seventies rock" and "The Sex Pistols"; listen to the song "Anarchy in the UK" and copy the text of the song to your word processor; do the same with the text about the the Sex Pistols. Copy the photo of the Sex Pistols to your word processor (make sure it can import the file)
  2. Copy the two texts about the Sex Pistols to your word processor (same file).
  3. Follow the link to Malcolm Maclaren in the text; copy the information about hom to your word processor (same file); click on the back button in the top lefthand corner to get back to the Sex Pistols
  4. Switch to your wordprocessor; format the document, save it to disk and print it.
  5. Mark the whole document and copy it to an HTML-editor; format and save the document; view the result with a browser.

 1.2 Going online

  1. In the tools bar, click on "go online" (or start your browser and type At the Learning Station, click on "Inhalt", "Magazine" and "England". Follow the music-links to allmusic, lyrics and rollingstone; find out more about the Sex Pistols. Gather the information you find interesting and save it to disk. You can get more information about the band and it's members, listen to songs online (if you have RealPlayer) and copy lyrics, more photographs and text. Use the search facilities the three sites offer.If a link gets you to a pornographic site (this happens) - go away...
  2. Have a look around Learning Station. Find out what services are offered to schools.

2.1 Navigating the Internet

  1. Now find more information about British punk in general and the Sex Pistols in particular. Search for it on the Internet by
  • Using a search engine like (type in "punk and/or "sex pistols")
  • Using a web catalogue like (go "Entertainment", "Music" and search for "sex pistols" and "punk" there)
Discuss your findings. What difference is there a between a search engine and a catalogue? Which is better for what sort of research?

2.2 Saving the information you have found for further use

There are two ways of doing this 

  • Use the "bookmark" or "favorites" feature of your browser. Whenever you are at a site with useful information, click "bookmarks" "add"; be sure to give the new bookmark a descriptive name.  If you want to return to this site later, all you have to do is click on the appropriate bookmark. This only works if you're online (or if the site is still in the cache on your hard disk).

  • Save the information to disk. Click on "Edit" "Select All", then click on "File" "Save As", choose a descriptive name for the file and save it to your personal (or your group's) directory (or folder) on the disk. This only works with text; pictures are not saved this way. You can either save pictures separately by right-clicking on the picture and selecting "Save picture as" or save the complete page (i.e. text, graphics and photos) by clicking on "File" "Edit Page" (in Netscape Navigator), which opens the Composer, a HTML-editor. In Composer just save the page to disk. If you work with Internet Explorer, click on "Edit"  "Page"; this should bring up your HTML-editor. Save the page there. IE 5.0 offers the option of saving a complete webpage.

Practice these two methods of saving information for further use. Be sure to create a personal or group directory first; always save your work to this directory!

3. Now get your act together

Produce a web page about the history of British punk. Use all the material you have gathered.

  • before you fire up your html-editor: stop and think. Use paper and pencil to produce a rough sketch of your page - what information should go on it, which layout do you want etc.

  • now start Frontpage or Composer; do the basic layout first by using the tables tool

  • insert all the text, pictures and links; you may need to experiment a bit

  • view your page with a browser and correct possible errors

  • save everything to disk