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Web Design For Kids (. . . and Curious Grown-Ups) DVD Review by Kelly MillerClick Drag Solutions
PO Box 6984
Houston, Texas 77265
In the sometimes complicated world of computer technology, Brian Richardson, middle school computer literacy teacher, created an easy-to-understand, step-by-step DVD that unmasks the art of fundamental HTML Web design and makes it user-friendly for upper elementary kids, and even curious adults. Richardson is also the founder of the Click Drag Solutions and Foundation, which helps provide technology instruction to "at-risk" youth in urban neighborhoods.
This first DVD of the Web Design for Kids series covers the anatomy of basic coding by defining the ten basic lines of code, along with adding fonts, text, colors, tags, backgrounds, pictures, and paragraphs. There's even a bonus section on file management.
Your child will need a laptop or PC that utilizes Notepad and Internet Explorer (basic programs on all computers); however, they do not have to have an Internet connection during the Web design process. My 12-year-old daughter loved the DVD and enjoyed being able to see the progress of her work right away. We also like the way the menu offered chapter selections, which enabled her to focus on one chapter per learning session, rather than viewing the entire DVD at one time or forgetting where we left off. The only thing that distracted us a bit was the narration, which was at times hard to understand. Other than that, we thought it was a great way to learn beginning HTML. We would have loved to have an accompanying book or workbook to go with the DVD so that we could reference the material learned. I am amazed at my daughter's eagerness to design her own Web pages after viewing Mr. Richardson's DVD, and it has certainly piqued her interest for further exploration in Web design.
What a blessing to know that our children are not the only ones benefiting from this instructional DVD, because the proceeds from it are also helping "at-risk" children in the inner city, as well as five different charity organizations: Ronald McDonald House, Children's Miracle Network, The Smile Train, Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, and The American Foundation for the Blind. Thank you, Mr. Richardson, for making a difference in this world one child at a time. What a wonderful Web design resource for generations to come. I highly recommend this product!
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This is a fantastic DVD. We had a few problems logistically getting this going (it would not work on our computer so we had to watch it on TV), but it was great fun. It was amusing to watch my kids writing instructions down on paper and running to the computer to try it out. They have had such fun changing the color of their text, their scrolling text message, background, text size, etc. My 13-year-old son is fairly computer literate and didn't have any trouble at all. My 11-year-old granddaughter is not nearly so computer savvy, but with a little help she managed to keep up well.
The DVD provides instruction in using HTML to design a website. No Internet connection is needed as this can be done on the computer using Notepad, which comes with every Windows operating system. The teaching is done by a middle school computer literacy teacher who gives very friendly, easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.
I highly recommend this DVD for a basic, beginner HTML course for anyone age pre-teen and up. It can easily be worked into the curriculum because the kids won't even know they're doing school unless you tell them. My learners have spent hours doing this on their "own time."
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