Be a Web Wizard:
Kids as Web Page Developers
Annette Lamb & Larry Johnson
The workshop will focus on unique web development projects that go beyond posting artwork or sharing papers. It will also provide tips for working with K-12 children as they become web wizards. The workshop will explore a spectrum of student-produced web projects, examine alternative project management options, and compare web page development tools.
Web Projects
Explore the Indiana Bat site. It was created by elementary students.
Think about the assignment:
Consider making a small change at first. For example, change a traditional term paper to an online term paper like the Gibbon project.
Explore projects such as:
Examine their outcomes, activities, and assessments.
Explore student project starting points:
Explore sites that are by kids and for kids:
There's a spectrum of projects you might wish to explore.
Informational. Text, graphics, and other data are presented and links are provided to additional resources.
Instructional. Tutorials, practice environments, or simulations help teach, practice, or apply new concepts.
Creativity. New ideas are presented.
Be careful to keep your sites up to do. The Hurricane Project is a neat idea, but it contains link rot. The spider project is constantly evolving.
For example, a student created a page to teach others about making web pages. Another student created a large project on using the computer.
Inquiry - Starter
Examine this simple banana project.
Inquiry - Advanced
Explore this complex frog project.
Oral History Projects
Oral history projects can be exciting. For example, high school students created a project on the year 1968. In another project at the same school, students explored women's experiences during WWII.
Focus on Writing
Explore a high school that posts students writing projects. Also examine an elementary project that involved a school poem and history project. Students read Laura Ingalls Wilder books and kept journals in one class, while another group wrote fun recipes.
Focus on Visuals: Paper or Computer Generated
Examine a wildflower page created by some students in South Africa. It includes great photos.
Photoshop is great for creating a unique look for your pages like the Farmington School page. Although students won't always follow strict design guidelines, it's fun to see what they can do. Check out this student project.
File Management
Convert to
JPEG: photos, gradients
GIF: line drawings, simple colors
Paste into web software
KidPix, KidWorks ...
Explore student Kidpix projects.
Creativity Software
Screen Capture
Focus on Multimedia
Slide Shows
Web Multimedia
Runs in
web browser
web browser with plugin
separate software
A high school government class created web projects as well as Powerpoint presentations to share online.
AU, AIFF, WAV, MIDI, Real Audio
Sound Companion
Clip Art
Print Shop
Print Artist
Art Explosion
Master Clips
Online Sources
Mining Co
Sharing & Credit
Consider developing a policy regarding web development.
Wizard Kids Tips
Baby Steps
Use Thumbnails
Make it Interactive
Activity: matching, identification
Share An Experience
Core Page Plus
Think Different
Create Your Own
Start with Clip Art
Discuss, persuade, debate, identify ...
Reach Out!
Make it ongoing
Snail Mail
Web Projects
  • stuffed animals
  • lab equipment
  • books
  • scrapbooks
  • writing and art projects
Share with Others
Web Tools
Web Development Tools
  • Claris Home Page
  • Adobe Pagemill
  • Microsoft Front Page
Browser Creators: Composer
Freebies: AOL
Applications: Word, Pagemaker
Kid's Tools
7 Design Disasters
Cool Design Ideas
Wizard Projects
Project Management
Manage Students
Manage Time
Manage Technology
Just Do It!
Be a Web Wizard: Kids as Web Page Developers
Find a wand and get started!
To learn more, check out the following books:
Virtual Sandcastles: Teaching and Learning at a Distance
Spinin' the Web: Designing and Developing Web Projects

Feel free to use these materials for workshops or your own professional development. However, keep in mind that these materials were created for use by participants in Annette Lamb's workshops, not as stand-alone materials. For additional information about the "live" workshops, contact Annette Lamb.

Created by Annette Lamb, 6/99.