Saturday, August 1, 2009

web design for kids

Not too long ago, my husband sent me an e-mail that began, “Roses are #FF0000, violets are #0000FF.…”
Get it?
When we were given the chance to review Web Design for Kids (…And Curious Grown-Ups), I saw the DVD case for about 30 seconds before my son took off with it. We both enjoyed watching Brian Richardson teach HTML in a basic, simple way. Brian is, well, nice. He isn’t intimidating and because his kindness comes through in the DVD, he makes the process enjoyable (much like Steve Demme in Math U See, in my opinion -- a topic that is not my favorite but a teacher I enjoy).
Hit the pause button here and get over the fact that your child probably won’t need to learn HTML. This program isn’t designed to make your child a computer programmer. It is an introduction to what my resident computer expert (Hi, Sweetheart!) called a foundational language.
The bottom line is that my son, who started with no programming knowledge, went through the entire DVD on his own and he created web pages that work. And he wants to learn more. I would call that a hit.
You don’t need to buy any additional software for this if you have notepad and Internet Explorer. (You probably do.) My son’s tip: If your computer plays DVDs, your child can run the DVD in one window while programming in another. (See photo for how he did that.)

(I am working on setting up my son’s pages online -- and by “working on it” I mean asking my husband. When that’s done, I will come back here and post a link. A word of warning: You might need to shield your eyes. He’s 11 and he likes sites that are bright and full of motion.)

Web Design for Kids (…And Curious Grown-Ups) runs 1 hour and 22 minutes. Lessons from the DVD can be used on PCs or Macs and the program is recommended for ages 8 and older. As of this writing, the DVD is on sale for $19.99 plus $3.99 shipping and handling. A portion of the sales benefits charities including Children’s Miracle Network and Ronald McDonald House.


calicodaisy said...

Sounds like my speed! I could use some more understanding of all that!

Jessica S. said...

Love your opening line...and yes I 'get' it! LOL!!! My 11 y/o loved it too...and oh, I just made his webpage to a jpg file...I am totally clueless getting his page to the internet? Anyway...maybe we'll get it on too (when the hubby comes home). (*)SMILE(*)