Monday, June 10, 2013

Motherboard Books

Hey Neighbors!

Do you have a child who is tech savvy?  Or maybe a budding geek!  Then you might be interested in my latest review opportunity from the TOS Crew.  We received Let's Make a Web Page ($19.95) from Motherboard Books.  Author Phyllis Wheeler is aiming this instructional book at children ages 8-12.

Now, my daughters are both slightly geeky anyway, so they were able to jump right in and take off with very little guidance.  (Which is good, since although I know some about computers I generally ask for help when I get stuck!)  Anyway they were able to work on this and walk right through the program.  Using Let's Make a Web Page as the guide and a free trial from Coffee Cup HTML Editor they were able to design their own webpage.

I will tell you here that I am not sharing any pictures of their work.  It was a family type design and unfortunately due to the nature of the internet I am not willing to share pictures of their personal site.  I will tell you, that they were able to add/design the background.  They then added animated graphics.  They added interviews of the family and personal pictures.  Other options include sound, browsers, and links.  The program made this so easy for them.  The final chapter explains how to post your work.  We did not do this part for privacy reasons.

I would definitely recommend this to other homeschoolers.  Most children 10 years and older could probably work through this themselves with no problems.  Younger children will of course need help from a parent or older sibling.  There is a section at the beginning of the book for the parents with some information on internet safety.

Table of Contents: Introduction for Parents 
Lesson 1: An Interview
Lesson 2: Download and Set Up the Program 
Lesson 3: Add Text
Lesson 4: Make a Table
Lesson 5: Add Photo
Lesson 6: From the Internet, Add Animations
Lesson 7: Browser Check, Backgrounds, Photos 
Lesson 8: Sound 
Lesson 9: Links 
Lesson 10: Post Your Work 
Appendix: How to Upload to the Internet

The pictures included help your child to understand what they are working on and what to expect.  My daughters were able to swap back and forth when they needed.  She also tells them how to find free backgrounds, animations and graphics.  I have a feeling my daughters will be designing even more.  We will either have to purchase the Coffee Cup HTML Editor, or find another option.  They will be able to go back and reference Lets Make a Web Page in the future any time they get stuck and need some help.  I think this really helped my daughter as she has tried doing some designing before and this gave her an outline to follow.

Be sure to check out what other members of the Crew have to say about their experience with Motherboard Books.


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Olivia R said...

That is wonderful,that your daughters are able to make a webpage. Heck I don't even recall how to make a spreadsheet in Excel. I do kind of remember PowerPoint, but that is as advanced as I get. I know that this book is geared for younger children, but I bet it is easier to understand than the Dummies series of books.

I like that you keep your kids private and maintain your values in this blog. :)

blessnel said...

This course seems really go for homeschooling! Its a bit hard to understand everything from your review due to the nature of the issue, but I will check their website for more info!