Posts Tagged ‘teaching’

Teaching Web Development Part 2

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
Teaching Web Development Part 2

Where do I go from here?

So I was asked to teach a second class to some of the people who I taught the first. To recap, I had showed them the basic HTML tags they will need to know, some extremely basic CSS and it’s syntax, and how to slice up a page in Photoshop. They went and built a web page on their own, and now they wanted to know more. My problem was, I wasn’t sure what to teach them. One of them wanted to learn some Flash, and while I could have shown them some basic animation stuff, the more I had thought about it, the more and more this made less sense to do. Why would I show them something that would only complicate things, when there was still more they needed to know that was far more important. So I was kind of at a loss on what to teach.

My awesome lesson plan

Ok, there wasn’t a plan, I totally flew by the seat of my pants. Mostly because I couldn’t anticipate the questions I was going to get, and my outline the previous time went to crap within minutes of starting. How did it go, you ask? Fairly well, actually!

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What I Learned From Teaching Web Development

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
What I Learned From Teaching Web Development

Not as easy as I thought

I recently had the opportunity to teach beginning web development to 8 people, that were all graphic designers, and absolutely no web experience. I don’t mean they haven’t used Google, I mean no HTML or CSS. I was basically working with a clean slate, and could teach them how to do things the right way directly out of the gate. Needless to say, I was very excited. Not being easy though, is a huge understatement. That is because there is a really, REALLY big difference in teaching someone who has a little knowledge of HTML, and someone who has none. I quickly became aware my outline was going to be thrown out the window.

What went wrong?

Well, first thing was that I totally overestimated the seeming simplicity of HTML. I only talked about 15 or so elements, just the basics you would need to create a web page. Nothing fancy, and no HTML5 what-so-ever. I am self taught, and I don’t really remember how I learned it, only that I really wanted to, so set out and did it. I was dealing with people who were about to be laid off and just wanted to add a skill set to their resume. I think that alone is a huge difference. I was dedicated to learning it and getting into the field. These students of mine, were not really looking into going into web development per say, just have the knowledge to build a basic site to make them look better for future job positions. What is the difference? I knew it was going to be a long and difficult road, the people I was teaching didn’t expect it to be as hard as it is.

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Teaching Web Development To New Comers

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
Teaching Web Development To New Comers

Teaching is easy when you know what you are doing

Right? Well, I’m not so sure. The back story to this is not happy. About 20 people I used to work with (over 5 years ago) just got laid off from their Graphic Design jobs. Not good. They got a good severance though, so they have some time to find new positions. Anyway, a bunch of them have asked me to teach them how to build a website, and get some web skills so that they have more things open to them.

I have taught people at my current position during an all day training thing, and that is what led me to start this blog. I really enjoyed showing people how to do things, and watching them use that knowledge. Now I get to teach people who seem to be really excited about learning web development and I am really looking forward to it. One problem though…they now absolutely nothing about HTML or CSS, so where do I start?

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