Most people can’t seem to grasp how truly simple the process of web design can be. IT’s the approach that matters, and this is one thing which can be taught even to children. In their case, this has to be made interesting if they are to learn it well. And simplicity is an important factor in garnering interest. Following are some of the things to remember while teaching website design to middle school students.
- Let them know what a bad website looks like. They’d initially think that such a site would have few animations or color. Let them know that these are important factors, but other things matter as well, such as the information and layout.
- Show them the color wheel and explain how it’s used in web design. If they’re old enough to understand, show them how to use codes for colors. Make it a fun activity to find complementary and contrasting colors. Take the students outdoors and get them to observe the environment through the eyes of a designer.
- Teach font selection and layout by explaining the details. Let them know the difference between what’s used on kids’ websites, and professional ones.
- Show them how to use images. Pictures are essential to the kind of websites they’re learning to build. Explain how photography figures in the picture, and how it’s important in areas like sports and entertainment.
- Explain the difference between design and development. Explain this in terms of other stuff like cars, or any other object, and make comparisons they can relate to.
- Teach how animations are designed. They’ll only know what these look like when they’re done, so let them try out flip animations on a shortpad and get acquainted with the underlying substance. Explain how the changing frames are similar to flipping pages.
- Show them the source code of the site. Even though this is not strictly the work of a web design professional, they’d do well to stay informed in the area. Right click and select “View Page Source” from a loaded web page to display the source code.
These are some of the things to do when teaching children to design websites. Make sure you have their interest by throwing in fun activities every once in a while, and get them to understand how useful such a skill can be in the future.