Over the summer, kids came three times to Pasadena Public Library to learn the basics of HTML and CSS code and create their first webpage. The learning outcomes we were focused on were pretty simple. For HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) we learned what code to use to insert an image or a video into a page, to make a hyperlink, a heading or a paragraph. We used CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to tell the Internet browser to show our background in a certain color, or to show the text in a different font, show the image at a different size, or have a sidebar.
Kids were asked to come up with an idea of their basic website design:
I created some handouts:
The kids worked fairly independently on developing the idea for their webpage, and I was there to answer their questions or troubleshoot issues. I tried to meet with each child for fifteen minutes on the last day. Some kids worked together, others worked alone.
And that is how a code like this:
Becomes this: ZTUFF Newspaper by Gael and Eric
Giancarlo’s CD Tips.Net: