How to Teach Children How to Launch a Website
Today, our world is dominated by technology, and children have more opportunity than ever to get involved in the online world. In the past, we discussed how teachers could teach the art of blogging, but you can take your efforts a step further. and one way to achieve this is through website creation.
If you’ve ever published a blog post, uploaded a video, or created a piece of art, then you understand how special it is to complete something and put it out there for the world to see. Learning how to build even the most basic website can help your students refine their logic, problem-solving skills, and creativity. After all, creating something of your very own is exhilarating, and your students will be proud to say they created something that anyone with a browser can check out. Here’s how you can teach your students how to launch a website:
Get Them Involved in the Technical Side
Although there are plenty opportunities for your child to be creative, getting them involved in the technical aspects of creating a website allows them to learn even more about a potentially lucrative skill in the future. The more that they understand about programming and various coding languages, the better they’re able to dive deep into the depths of website design.
Fortunately, there are several ways to help your children learn about coding. At a basic level, you can simply start by launching YouTube and checking out a few tutorials. There are also plenty of websites that teach kids coding skills, and do so in a fun way that makes it a blast to learn tech jargon.
You should also walk them through the process of actually purchasing a website. For instance, walk through the motions of going buying a website from scratch. Start by showing them how you’d purchase a domain, then how you’d select the right hosting company, and finally, a platform to use—like WordPress, Squarespace, or Wix. It also helps to give them a brief overview of the differences between different platforms.
Let Them Be Creative
Although they may have settled on a theme, their options for creativity are limitless. This is especially true when you’re choosing a design—also called a website theme—for their site foundation. They’ll have the ability to decide on the website’s color scheme, font, photos, navigation options, sidebars, and so much more. And you’ll find that your students enjoy having this level of creative control over a project. They can make as many customizations as they’d like, tweaking as they go on to better match their style.
Show Them Extra Features
Once your students have learned the basics, you can move on to teach them about extensions and applications that extend the platform’s core functionality. For example, if you were using a platform like WordPress, you could take advantage of thousands of plugin options that help make website creation even more fun—if they’re technically inclined, they may even be able to create a WordPress plugin of their own.
No matter what your student wants to achieve, there’s likely a plugin that can do it. Do they want to create a slideshow of their artwork? There are plenty of slideshow plugins. Add YouTube content to their page? Easy with social plugins. Create quizzes? There are plugins for that, too.
Choose a Theme
One of the first things you’ll want your students to focus on is choosing a central theme. A theme allows them to stay focused on a goal, rather than simply posting all sorts of unrelated content. It also teaches them how to stay focused on a cohesive project. Otherwise, they might easily hop from topic to topic and get lost in their overall mission. Here are a few themes they might want to try:
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Let Them Collect Inspiration
Going into website creation blindly can prove to be overwhelming for anyone, so it’s no wonder kids can become frustrated if they don’t have any ideas of their own. For this reason, it’s important to guide them toward inspiration. Once they’ve chosen a theme, have them research websites that are similar in design or execution.
Or for a fun activity, create a mood board using magazine cutouts. Using old magazines, allow them to flip through the pages and cut out pieces that inspire them for their website. Paste the pieces on a cardboard or poster, and let them present their ideas to you. As they’re creating their website, they can continuously refer back to it for their own montage of inspiration.
Stephen Seifert Miami, Florida
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