Why I want to study HTML & CSS from the beginning

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OK. Part two of my quest to be a person who understands code.

For those of you unfamiliar with what code is, it’s the parade of letters and brackets and delimiters that makes the pages on the Web look the way they do. Without code, we’d be looking at computer screens full of boring reams of text and numbers. There would be no fancy buttons to click, no aesthetically appealing anything much to hold our interest. That’s what it was like in my College days, when I’d walk into the bowels of a primitive computer lab in what must have been 1986, and look at guys (because everyone in there was male!) staring at green screens typing in letters and symbols. Ahhh…the folly of my ways. If only I’d been paying a little more attention? If I had, I’m pretty sure my bank balance would be looking a lot healthier than it is right now!

Over the last couple of years, I’ve become a whole lot more interested in what is the backbone of the web: code. Because I’ve been using tools in my classrooms that sometimes require me to embed code to make things appear, I’ve begun to realise there are gaps in my knowledge base that need filling. I’m pretty sure I could continue on and function perfectly well without knowing the ins and outs of code, but there’s something in me telling me it’s important that I make some effort to have an understanding of how things work.

I’ve also begun to look closely at what we do in the school I teach at. We don’t offer formal ICT classes. We are a 1:1 school, and we expect that our teachers use technology in a meaningful way in their classrooms. But that leaves a pretty big gap when it comes to student understanding about the workings of the web. I don’t want the kids I teach to miss out on opportunities. I figure if I gain understanding, I can find a way to transfer my knowledge to them, and I think that’s important.

I’m hoping to learn how to have a working understanding of how HTML and CSS work. I’d like to be confident enough to construct a webpage myself; to be able to tweak pre-existing code to do something that can change the look and feel of a page. I’d like to be able to participate in discussions where I felt like a participant rather than an observer.

My previous post contained questions that I had to give myself a score on. I tried to be brutally honest, but I do have to admit that I’ve never really been able to bend a spoon using the powers of my mind, despite the hours of practice I gave to the task after seeing Uri Geller do it on The Done Lane Show when I was eleven. I think I was pretty straight up on the other answers though, and my series of ’0′ responses attests to this. I know what it is, but I have limited knowledge of how to do it!

What I do know is that you can change the look of a page by tweaking code. Occasionally I play with the sizing of objects by changing the numbers in the code, but that’s about as far as I go. I’d love to feel confident enough  to just inherently know what it is I need to do to significantly change something.

Jamie has asked participants to tell him what makes them happy. Plenty of things.

My son still holding my hand when we are walking in public places.

A student who appreciates what you’ve done for them and tells you with a smile.

My dog who greets me effusively every time I walk in the door.

My daughter sharing stories with me as we drive to and from school.

My husband telling me he loves me.

My parents being proud of me still, and supporting me in everything I do.

My close friends sharing laughs, and sometimes tears, over a glass of the good stuff.

Writing this blog.

Sharing my thinking with others and feeling like I’m making a dent in the universe.

Jamie also asked us to tell him what we’re passionate about.

Easy answer. All of the above.

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8 responses to “Why I want to study HTML & CSS from the beginning

  1. I am of the totally and blissfully ignorant leaning and am in awe of anyone who even knows what the phrase ‘embed code’ or even ‘tweak code’ although I really applaud your use of tweaking and embedding. .. .cool words. . . Anyway, good luck with all that! You’re a better woman than I!
    Josie x

  2. Hi Mrs Luca,
    Gen has inspiered me with her way of writing, so i created a new blog! i would like you to have a look and make sure if its ok because im not sure if its secure (my information)! the URL is http://untilltheworldends.wordpress.com thanks, sophie!

  3. Congratulations on beginning to learn HTML and CSS – I think it’s a great skill to have and will serve you well. It’s helpful to fix buggy blog posts and if you use Moodle it’s good for making it a much nicer thing to work with.

    Good luck!

  4. W3 schools is the place to start! http://www.w3schools.com/ Good luck!

  5. Whitney Hale

    Hi!

    My name is Whitney Hale and I am a student in professor Strange’s EDM 310 class at The University of South Alabama. I would just like to say that I totally agree with you when you say our students should know the basis of where these websites they visit and use are created. Until I took EDM 310, I could not have embedded a code to save my life. Now that professor Strange has given us proper guidance, it’s a piece of cake! Thank you for the post!

    Whitney Hale

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