The absolute majority of web designers even now, some twenty years after digital technologies became really widespread and ubiquitous, is self-taught. Some have previous design education, some don’t.
Yet ask any artist or another representative or creative profession, and he will tell you that one of the most important things for them is to start as young as possible. So isn’t it right to start preparing the new generation of web designers as early as possible? Here are a few tips on how it can be done.
Adult people can define and choose their own interests and plan their activities accordingly. Children (at least small children) are incapable of it. Left to their own devices they would rather spend most of their time playing – which doesn’t mean they cannot find pleasure in other, more constructive pastimes.
Thus, in order to teach children web design you have to first excite their interest in it. Give them tasks they can relate to. Turn web design into their hobby – according to Magicdust, a Sydney web design company, the majority of professionals in this sphere start out web design as a hobby.
Sometimes children are capable of grasping things even adults struggle with. It, however, doesn’t mean that you should expect your students to show fantastic results immediately after you start teaching them. Learning requires time, and as they are learning something completely new to them, expect the process to be slow. So don’t hurry yourself, do it gradually. Tell about the page and its parts, then show the tools of the trade, then gradually start introducing specific codes. Remember – you aren’t required to prepare a professional web designer. You should teach them the basics, and they will use these basics to in learning later on.
Just like in any other creative discipline, the effectiveness of web design tutoring heavily depends on how much the student is a participant of the process instead of being just a recipient. Thus, you should invite children to discussion: e.g., give them examples of bad websites and discuss why exactly they are bad, what is done wrong and what could have been done differently.
If you want a child to have a specific skill, you should start teaching it as early as possible. Despite visible difficulties of communication with children, they are capable of absorbing new information much, much faster than adults. If a child learns web design or coding early on, it will be like another mother language for him.