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WordPress for Kids

A couple of months ago, I was contacted by a WordCamp Phoenix organizer about teaching a WordPress for Kids class. It was to be the first time that any WordCamp had created a class targeted specifically toward children, so I was in unmapped territory as I considered the different approaches I could take in presenting this information to a group of kids of varying ages and experience. I ran through different scenarios in my head and decided on the very simplified approach of baby-stepping them through setting up an account on WordPress.com and then proceeding to walk tab-by-tab down the dashboard.

There ended up being just over 20 kids in my class. They ranged in age from 7 to 15 and their experience with blogging and WordPress varied greatly.  Most had never set up a site, but a handful showed up with sites already set up and underway.  I saw a LEGO blog, a science blog and a cooking blog already full of content upon arrival and the kids were eager to show me what they already knew.  That was really exciting and helped ease the others into the class.  Keep reading…

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