A few weeks ago I asked a friend of mine a technical question about the blog and he replied, “You can simply build a web page and…” That is as far as I heard. Even though I have been blogging for five months, I have no idea how to build a web page. I have been able to pick up a lot of HTML, but I wouldn’t know where to start coding a page from scratch. That is, I had no idea how to build a web page until I watched Click and Drag Solutions DVD, “Web Design for Kids (…and Curious Grown Ups!)” ($19.99)
“Web Design for Kids” is a a web design class on DVD. It takes you step by step through the process of building a web page using three basic programs that come free with every Windows operating system (Notepad, Internet Explorer and Paint). The DVD is divided into seven lessons and introduces the basics of HTML while you actively build three basic pages.
Some of the topics covered are:
- Font size
- Font and background colors
- Adding textured backgrounds
- Paragraph tags
- Scrolling effects
- File management
It also has a bonus system on file management that teaches the basics of saving and organizing your files. This was perfect for our 8 year old, but our 12 year old was able to skip this bonus material.
To implement the program you simply watch the DVD and follow the instructions on your computer. I was able to complete the program in a few hours one evening. When I first began watching I was unconvinced as the acting is a bit awkward. However they do a good job of introducing an important topic and by the end of the program their lack of camera presence was less important.
- Teaches the basics of HTML and introduces some fun effects that the children are able use to experiment on their own.
- Interesting and engaging
- Simple enough for children to understand and interesting enough for adults to enjoy and learn.
- Demystifies HTML
- Very easy to implement
- The acting and dialogue is bit stilted.
- No instruction for getting the web pages online.
- Some technical difficulties in the video production, audio drop out, etc. (I’m obligated to mention this since I received my bachelor of science in cinematography 🙂 )
- I wish that it had instructions for some more complex effects, such as sidebars, padding, links, etc.
Both children who have had the opportunity to complete the program were captivated from the beginning of the DVD and begged to continue through all of the lessons. They enjoyed the process, understand basic HTML and are now able to build a simple web page independently.
Our 12 year old year old was able to complete the program completely unassisted, building three simple web pages. She has been able to take the knowledge that she gained and apply it in other instances. She has also been able to adjust and expand upon what she learned to make her pages more interesting and appealing.
Our 8 year old needed some supervision, mainly because of her lack of attention to detail. She would make a typing mistake and not be able to find the difficulty when her page would disappear, so I sat with her to help with accuracy. She was able to follow all the instructions and steps on the DVD and also created the web pages. Alyssa is one of our creative children and enjoyed experimenting with the color, font, and texture on her pages.
All in all I really liked Web Design for Kids…and Curious Grown Ups and think that it teaches a useful skill in a simple and enjoyable format. I think this is a good option for parents who want their children to learn HTML but are unable to teach it themselves.
I received a copy of Web Design for Kids to facilitate this review. I was not otherwise compensated and all opinions are my own.
This post is included in the Homeschool Curriculum Review Roundup.