There is nothing quite so amazing, fun, and inspiring (I could think of more adjectives, but I will leave it at that for now) as watching a classroom of children get excited about WordPress. The two hours that Sean Wells and I spent with our group of young students at the WordCamp kid’s session flew by.
For those who are wondering:
WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. WordCamps are open to WordPress.com and WordPress.org users alike.
When we first visualized a WordCamp in Albuquerque it was an absolute no-brainer that we would have a kid session. WordCamp Phoenix had just had a very successful session for kids and as a homeschool mom, it didn’t make any sense to not include it in our event. I didn’t know what to expect going into the session except for the couple of email conversations I had with Abbie Sanderson about the session she taught in Phoenix. We were prepared for pretty much anything, open to whatever the kids had to go over.
We started out the session with a few questions for the kids, asking them to tell us their names and what they wanted to do with a website or how they were going to use their website. I was surprised at how entrepreneurial the group was, a boy who is going to rent his toys out on his website and a girl who is making fancy cakes and selling them.
Here is a list of what we covered:
- The layout of the Dashboard
- How to set privacy settings (this was more for the parents than the kids)
- How to search for a theme and activate it
- How to customize Twenty Eleven (background and headers)
- How to add widgets, move them, and how to find them when you theme loses them from the sidebar
- How to add a new post and the difference between posts and pages