Monday, July 20, 2009

Web Design for Kids (and Curious Grown Ups!)



‘Web Design for Kids (and Curious Grown Ups!)’ arrived shortly after I had spent 2 days floundering away tweaking the code on my blog template. During those 2 days I said to myself several times that I really needed to learn html so I could actually understand what I was doing.

Enter Web Design for Kids (and Curious Grown Ups!). This program leads you through the steps of creating a simple webpage using html. It starts by teaching you the 10 basic lines of code then shows you how to further enhance your webpage with color, fonts, pictures and other features. No, it doesn’t tell you how to apply the techniques to your blog, and I would use a different method to create an actual website. But it does open the door of understanding so that the world of html is easier to navigate.

The instruction is clear and easy to follow. He even shows you what happens when you make a mistake and what to look for to fix it. It was really fun to see the features appear on our screen as we completed the steps described on the DVD.

This DVD is very basic but serves its purpose of introducing html to children or anyone who may be intimidated. I would think it could be used by anyone who can navigate a keyboard. If you want to learn more advanced techniques, Volume 2 is scheduled to be released this fall.

Click Drag Solutions has a summer special running for $19.99 plus $3.99 S/H. Check their website for further details. It does come with a money back guarantee. The website also states that a portion of all funds generated by the DVD ‘Web Design for Kids (...and Curious GrownUps!)' will be distributed to the following five charities: The Smile Train, Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Miracle Network, Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, and the American Foundation for the Blind.

I enjoyed watching the DVD, but the highlight was watching my 12-year-old daughter go through the DVD and create her very own webpage. She is now excited to learn further html programming. This DVD is a good starting point for young beginners. Read here to see what others recommend.

Disclosure:This product was provided to our family for free as members of the 2009-2010 Old Schoolhouse Magazine Homeschool Crew. No further compensation was received. Reviews and opinions expressed in this blog are my own.

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