Web Design for Kids and Curious Grown-ups created by Brian Richardson of Click Drag Solutions is a great tool for teaching kids of all ages how to make web pages in HTML. Umm, you don’t think it is easy to program in HTML, do you? Well, with Brian’s help, you will be well on your way to web designer pro status in a flash.
Brian does an excellent job explaining clearly the concepts of basic HTML programming from the simplest to the more complex. He smartly included a section on basic file management in the Windows system, but also smartly chose not to place in his main tutorial chapters. It is placed where those who need it can easily find it, but those who don’t aren’t bored having to listen to the information. His file cabinet analogy was superbly done by taking the time to demonstrate each step with an actual file cabinet placing paper files into a folder in the drawer. He took the time to demonstrate how one might accidentally place a file in the wrong place and how to find it and place it properly. His coverage was not overdone and boring, but it was right on target for full understanding. His topics covered Basic HTML from basic code to backgrounds to fonts to pictures. Everything you need for a good foundation in proper web design is here. Brian’s “sandwiches and stop signs” techniques to handle complicated terminology are a great idea. Additionally, a good thing from my point of view is that he describes his steps so clearly that my blind students didn’t need to see what he was doing to follow his steps. They learned just as well as my sighted students. My Deaf students also saw and understood everything he did clearly despite no captioning. That is very unusual. Don’t worry about my DeafBlind students. The blind students learned so well that they were excited to braille all of the steps and explain it just like Brian. Now last but not least, Brian’s humor is lame enough to interest the elementary student, but not so lame as to turn off the teenager and adult. (Sorry, Brian, I couldn’t resist.) Everyone smiles as you and your kids will learn the basic knowledge you need to conquer web design and web design programs like Frontpage and Dreamweaver even when their “wysiwyg” formats and wizards won’t do what you want.

To make it even better, the price is fantastic at $19.99 plus $3.99 shipping and handling. Part of your purchase price also goes to one of several charities like American Foundation of the Blind, The Smile Train, Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Miracle Network, and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Brian even has some sample clips on his site for you to view before you buy at http://www.webdesignforkids.net. Do your family and others good by giving this DVD a try.

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