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Looking for tools to teach HTML to a 4th grader
December 4, 2013 10:25 AM   Subscribe

I offered to mentor a friend's kids in HTML and I'm looking for teaching tools that would be accessible to elementary-aged children. Free is ideal, but doesn't have to be if it's really excellent.

I think I want to use a guided sandbox approach, so I'm not really looking for lesson plans or tutorials. A simple but robust WYSIWIG editor that lets you view/edit source would be great; I found TinyMCE and in a pinch will probably just deploy that somewhere and let them play with it, but I figure there may be better alternatives designed for teaching.
posted by annekate to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Have you seen
posted by Obscure Reference at 10:35 AM on December 4, 2013

Mozilla Webmaker is a collection of tools and tutorials for teaching and learning HTML. (Disclosure: I work for Mozilla.)
posted by mbrubeck at 10:36 AM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]

It's javascript rather than HTML, but codecombat is pretty neat.
posted by juv3nal at 11:02 AM on December 4, 2013

Obscure Reference: that may not be the best source!

I love codecademy, but it's not really oriented for groups.
posted by fartbutt at 11:13 AM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]

Try Brackets ( with the instant chrome preview!
posted by aroberge at 2:18 PM on December 4, 2013

My third grader likes using Wordpress. It may fit your requirements of switching between WYSIWYG and HTML easily*. The bonus is that it's easy to get "a real website" up and running, which encourages her to spend more time on it.

* with the caveat that they'd be editing the HTML content of a template, not the full HTML page. Worth the trade off for me, maybe not for you. (I figure in a couple of years I can teach her to hack the PHP, too.)
posted by instamatic at 8:33 PM on December 4, 2013

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