I am an html dunce. I can kind of follow basic tutorials to create buttons and gizmos for my blog, but I never really understood what I was doing or why it worked.
Enter Web Design for Kids (and Curious Grown-Ups!). It is a DVD that teaches html basics. It was a perfect fit for some like me! Brian Richardson assumes that the viewer knows nothing and even includes a lesson on File & Folder Management. Here a few of the subjects covered:
- The 10 Basic Lines of Code
- Coloring the Background and Letters
- Making Letters Move Across the Screen
- Designer Backgrounds
- Changing Fonts
- Adding Pictures
Funny Girl(12) and I watched the DVD while following along on the computer. In no time at all she had created a web page with a background, pictures, and scrolling text. I was thrilled to learn what some of the different abbreviations meant and how to change an existing code.
The Nitty Gritty:
There is a Summer Special price of $19.99 + $3.99 s&h for a limited time only.
Things I Like:
- the ability to pause the DVD while we work on each step
- detailed, but simple, instructions
- lots of explanation – Brian would tell us to do something and just as I wondering why it was done that way, he would pop in and answer that very question
- Click Drag Solutions supports several charities through the sale of this DVD
Value: I would definitely pay $19.99 for this product (not so sure about full price though). I have read pages of free tutorials on the web, but none of them presented html in a way that I could follow like this program does. (Ok, all you computer whizzes can quit snickering now 🙂
See what my TOS Crew Mates have to say about Web Design for Kids!