If you saw my blog post on TechSoup for Libraries, Simple Coding Lessons for Teens, and taught your teens to create web pages with HTML and CSS coding, then congratulations!
Where do you go from here, though? Your teens have the coding and web page creation basics, and they may be clamoring for more!
What Are HTML and CSS Coding Again?
HTML and CSS coding are just vocabulary terms arranged in certain formats to make a web page. Within the web page, HTML coding (shown below) creates the page's words and content.
With CSS coding (shown below), design elements such as colors and fonts are added to the page.
HTML and CSS coding work together to create a web page that can be viewed in any web browser. For example, a web page (shown below) on mythology was created with HTML and CSS coding by a teen at Spring Branch-Memorial Library in the Harris County Public Library system.
How Coding Classes Work at the Library
How Successful Are Coding Classes?
Scheduling is also important to keep in mind. At the Spring Branch-Memorial Library, attendance dropped to three teens, an all-time low, for the final lesson. This lesson was even the one with party snacks and giveaways, as well as the culminating creation of the Hangman game! This drop-off may have been because the final class was in mid-December, when teens are busy with finals. Since this program involves planning classes far in advance, keeping potential scheduling issues in mind is essential.
But I Don't Know How to Code
You are also welcome to use lessons from the Spring Branch-Memorial Library. Access presentations, lesson plans, and weekly challenges through this Google Drive link. An upload to Google Drive may have changed some formatting, but feel free to direct questions to me. Find my email address below in my author bio.
Enjoy using these materials to continue expanding your teens' coding experiences!
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