5 Reasons Why It’s Important for K-12 Students to Learn HTML

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At Skill Struck, we introduce coding concepts as early as Kindergarten so that students can begin learning HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) in 3rd grade. HTML is the standard language used for creating web pages. It consists of a series of tags that describe the structure and content of a web page. We believe it’s never too early to dive into the world of coding, and HTML is the perfect starting point. 

But sometimes we get this question: “Hey Skill Struck, there are so many drag-and-drop website builders available. Why should students learn HTML?” It’s a good question and they are not wrong–there are loads of website builders. However, HTML is a fantastic intro to computer science (CS). Below we share our 5 reasons why learning HTML is still relevant and important today.

1.  HTML forms the foundation of websites

HTML forms the foundation of websites. It allows us to create webpages using elements such as header, links, images, and much more. By learning HTML, students develop an understanding of how websites work and how they can create their own. Even a little bit of HTML understanding makes using drag-and-drop website builders easier and smoother experiences.  Did you know that Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, was a strong advocate for making HTML an open standard, as he wanted everyone to be able to create their own websites?

2. HTML fosters creativity

With basic knowledge of HTML, kids can bring their ideas to life in the form of webpages. HTML delivers instant gratification to the budding computer scientist as they can play around with colors, fonts, images, and create something unique that represents their personality or interests. Imagine encouraging a student to create a digital scrapbook or a blog about their latest adventure–the possibilities are endless!

3. HTML improves problem-solving abilities 

HTML, as a type of coding language, provides children with a systematic approach to tasks and helps them to work through problems in a step-by-step manner. Troubleshooting HTML code is also an opportunity to sharpen analytical skills. Students who learn HTML become better problem solvers that translate to other skills and subjects.

4. HTML leads to complex programming languages

Teaching HTML to young students paves the way for them to explore more complex programming languages in the future. We view it similarly to learning arithmetic. It’s important knowledge to have even though our phones have calculators. Once they have grasped the foundational knowledge of HTML, they can transition with ease to languages like CSS, JavaScript, and Python–skills highly sought after in today's job market.

5. HTML is fun

Creating a webpage from scratch, adding images, and seeing the final result can be incredibly satisfying. Tying in subjects they already love, like Science, history, Math, or music can make the process more enjoyable and serve as an interactive and engaging learning experience.

We see learning HTML as a solid stepping stone for students as they embark on their coding journey. It fosters creativity, enhances problem-solving skills, and prepares them for an increasingly digital future–all while having fun. 

We introduce HTML in the third grade, because through HTML students get a glimpse of the endlessly captivating world of coding. If you are interested in boosting your students' engagement in HTML learning through Skill Struck’s interactive activities, gamification elements, and collaborative projects. Schedule a chat with your area partnership manager here.

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