| Lissa explains
Student creates award-winning site to teach kids HTML.
By Melissa Brown
are hundreds of tech help books and Web sites out there to help people learn
more about the Internet and how to create Web pages, but how many of those
sites are geared just to teach kids? This month, Kidspeak spoke with a high
school student named Alyssa who saw a need for such a resource and has created
a remarkable Web page that provides HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) help
just for kids. Her Web site called Lissa
Explains it All was launched three years ago when she was teaching herself
HTML, "I noticed that it was not that easy to find out how to do [HTML].
And I understood it, so I figured that I would start a page to make it easy
|"The easy to understand language is appealing to people of any age who want to get up to speed on creating their own Web site. "||
lyssa's interest in technology began in elementary school. "I just got on a computer one day. I just had a lot of fun, you know, looking around the Internet and everything. I figured I'd get into it." A couple years later, she created her site and has been expanding it ever since. Even though it was made for kids, she finds that her audience base also includes a lot of adults as well. The easy to understand language is appealing to people of any age who want to get up to speed on creating their own Web site.
For Alyssa, learning HTML was just a matter of experimenting and viewing the source code of sites she saw on the Web. With all of the HTML editors available for building Web pages, we asked Alyssa if there were any that she would use or recommend. "I just do raw HTML. I don't reference people to editors often because they really screw up the HTML sometimes. And it really doesn't always get it accurate. So I use raw HTML all of the time," said Alyssa.
the tutorials and in her Library section Alyssa provides software reviews
and book recommendations to help you make informed choices when making your
lthough HTML editors are
a quick and easy way to create your own Web page, knowing HTML code is
still very important. A basic knowledge of HTML can help you find errors
in the code and will ensure that you can create your page exactly the
way you want it.
nce you learn the
basics you're ready to start learning to write HTML code. In this section
you learn how to make a basic Web page, add backgrounds, put text on the
page, and more. The next few sections teach you about the more complex
subjects like frames, tables, cascading style sheets, adding color, and
and everything, but I keep adding on to it so it always expands,"
n addition to her award-winning
Web site, Alyssa is also involved in technology projects at her school.
The dean chose her to be part of a small group of students who will be
working on her school's Web site this summer. She says there are a lot
of opportunities to learn technology at her school. "Actually, my
teacher uses my site as a reference for the class," said Alyssa.
lyssa encourages other people to take their ideas for Web sites and run with them. "If you have an original idea, people will go more to your site because you are the one with the ideas. It has to be interesting," said Alyssa. She also thinks creating a site is a good way to learn about technology, "technology is really taking over the world now, it's basically something you need to know. You need to know everything about computers because we are using them everywhere." Well, she's certainly off to a great start!