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Using Tablets to Teach HTML in the Classroom

Author: Carl Heaton
He is our senior instructor and originally from Manchester UK. Carl teaches our Web Design and Online Marketing Courses.
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An amazing email just came in! A few months ago <carl> was manning the live chat on the WCB website and a teacher from Xavier School in the Philippines came on and said he was looking for inspiration for a HTML class using iPads.

<carl> thought for a moment and said why not ask them to put the tags onto the screen and then arrange themselves in order of how a normal page is written. This way it is interactive, team building and kinaesthetically interesting.

using ipads to teach html

An amazing email just came in! A few months ago <carl> was manning the live chat on the WCB website and a teacher from Xavier School in the Philippines came on and said he was looking for inspiration for a HTML class using iPads.

<carl> thought for a moment and said why not ask them to put the tags onto the screen and then arrange themselves in order of how a normal page is written. This way it is interactive, team building and kinaesthetically interesting.

Operation NExT (New Experiences with Technology)

Mr Melvin J Gallardo is the wonderful teacher who took a simple idea and made it into a fun exercise for the kids. Here is how he implemented it:

Grade 10 section A (first among 8 grade 10 sections)

This is our second html session, students were already taught of the basic structure of html during the first session.
I decided to apply your idea in this session because I know it will bring more fun and collaboration among students while learning more of html.

Ordering the Source

smiles all round

I divided the class into four groups, each group were asked to stay in front of the class to compose the html codes based on a given output which I prepared. Each student from that group should write a code/tag in his iPad using any available writing app (ex. adobe ideas, skitch..etc.) The text should be large enough for the entire class to be read and they were given enough time to discuss among themselves. When done, they will rearrange themselves following the correct html structure showing the source code of the given output.

Checking Code

using ipads in an IT classroom

While the group in front is doing their task, other groups who are seated were also asked to type-in the codes individually to check wether the group’s composition is correct and/or the same as their individual codes. The groups will take turns in presenting in front of the class.

An Engaging Challenge

engaging

The activity went very engaging and challenging because it needs total participation and cooperation among group members. Finally, students became more knowledgeable and interested in making html codes.

Try It Yourself

If you are an IT teacher and need some inspiration why not try using iPad HTML source ordering using your students. If you have please let us know in the comments below.

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