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Teaching HTML

Teaching HTML is a little tricky sometimes. Having just finished a module on HTML, I wish I had found this site then. is a neat user-friendly website that gives the basic HTML tags. (Hat tip to Bud the Teacher and his blogging portfolio toolbox.)

I like to teach the concept of HTML like a bird's nest. The Tags are the sides of the nest and the precious eggs are the words in the middle. You have to have both sides of the nest or the eggs aren't safe.

Oversimplified but it works.
Build traffic to your blog by creating HTML comments

You can use HTML to your advantage. If you are posting on someone's blog and commenting about a post you've written, you should always hyperlink to your post. (If HTML is allowed.)

Why comment?

I get around 50% of my traffic from comments.
Comments mean that you are contributing in a meaningful way to the emerging global conversation.

Face it folks, blogging is not all about you or me or any ONE person. It is about finding trends and learning. It is about creating virtual hubs of knowledge as we share thoughts and emerge with renewed opinion and passion. It is about being educated.

If you're so hung up on your stats that you can't walk away and play with your kids one day, rethink. If you're so hung up on having your knowledge on your blog that you don' t have time to read and comment on someone else's blog, you're missing the point of blogging!

Blogging means that I join you so we can be better than you or I could be alone.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Zeppellina April 16, 2006 - 11:06 pm

Well, I don`t personally have any kids, but I hope to learn a lot from your blog…!!

Excellent information, you have good teaching skills!

I have bookmarked your site, and will be back!

Bronwyn G April 17, 2006 - 1:17 am

I agree that comments help many bloggers.

What a wonderful way to teach students HTML!

A Change Activist April 25, 2006 - 2:24 am


It’s all about the CONVERSATIONS…

I blog because I care AND because I want to LEARN and GROW… I am learning through these conversations!

Just found your blog and I love it. Keep up the great work!

Kelly October 2, 2007 - 8:23 pm

thank you sooo much for the great easy to follow directions! much appreciated!

artsy visions

Matthew Franklin April 25, 2008 - 7:56 am

Ok I thought I’d try it out, to see if we could become greater than the sum of our parts.

Thanks Cool Cat Teacher

Sharon July 9, 2010 - 6:25 pm

Thanks so much for the information on your site. It’s taking me a little time to process, but the drawing that you had on your site denoting how to link made it easier. By including the simile, about the nest, you helped make hyperlinking even more clear (than with just the drawing).

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