Monday, June 10, 2013

Let's Make a Web page with Motherboard Books. Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2013 #hsreviews #computerprogrammingforkids

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For as long as I can remember Taylor has had a fascination with computers and everything about them, from how they work to how programs and games are developed. As he has gotten older he has shown an interest in this becoming his career in some fashion. So when I get the opportunity to review products that align with this, I jump at the chance. Which brings us to Motherboard Books and their curriculum Let's Make a Web Page. 

Motherboard Books offers two different programs, the one we were sent was a 60 page e-book course called Let's Make a Web Page that sells for $19.95 and is easily completed in a couple of weeks at most, the other is Logo Adventures, but is a lengthier program, both are geared for kids 8-12 years of age. 

Taylor could not wait to get started, as soon as the download came he was off and running. You begin by coming up with a person to interview, this is to be the subject of whom your website will be about. Next would be jotting down the questionnaire that you will give to the person you will be interviewing. Taylor picked his Great Grandma, who is turning 93. We have been focusing a good portion of our work on her lately to reveal a big surprise come her Birthday the end of this month. Some of the questions he asked were...
1. What year were you born?
2. Where were you born?
3. What year did you graduate?
4. How many siblings did you have?
5. Did you got to College?
6. Where did you work?
7. When did you retire?
8. What was the thing you missed the most about working?
9. What were your hobbies and interests when you were younger?
10. How old were you when you got married and when did you get married?
11. If you could do one thing over in life what would it be?
12. Who was your best friend growing up,and as an adult?
13. Biggest accomplishments in life?
14. One thing you regret?
15. One thing you are most proud of?

 After your interview of your subject you begin by installing the Free Trial Software CoffeeCup HTML Editor, you need to do this before anything else.  The e-book offers 10 step by step lessons, and also includes an introduction for parents.
The lessons include steps to setting up your own webpage starting with download, adding text, adding sound, photos and links and posting your work and ends with an appendix: How to Upload to the Internet. 

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You could easily go through one lesson each day, and depending on how fast your child "gets" it maybe more or less. Some areas worked well for Taylor and he slid right through them with ease and others left him frustrated and took a bit longer.
Taylor has been struggling with HTML coding and this was no exception. I am beginning to think this is not the avenue his career should follow. I am not sure if it is to do with his Asperger's, some things especially to do with the computer come naturally and some do not and this is one of them. On the other hand HTML baffles me also so maybe it just runs in the family. While I think this is a wonderful program and is laid out in a manner that is easy to follow, it just did not work as easily for Taylor as we had hoped.  The problems we had were not the fault of the company, rather user error.  We are continuing to "play" with it in hopes that Taylor will get the hang of it, he is not the type to give up so he will trudge on. He is hoping to have it all completed by his Great Grandma's Birthday on June 28th. So we shall see. 
            I think once it clicks he will be hooked on programming and creating websites for just about anything his mind can come up with, it just takes longer for him to get some things to click into place. He has worked very hard and I am sure once it all sets into place it will be fantastic. I am letting him figure this out on his own, he needs to learn to work things through without much frustration and to problem solve on his own without me coming to his rescue. He will be an official High School Freshmen at the end of this week and he needs to work more independently as he is getting up there in grade level and I think this program may be just the thing to crack that. Time will tell. 

   If your kids are into learning the behind the scenes of computers and web page building or creating a logo then MotherboardBooks.com is where you should head to find fun to learn programs that will teach just that. If you want to learn more about either of these programs be sure to click the banner below and check out all of the Crew Reviews. 


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