A distorted picture of a thumb, fictitious video game titles, and some very creative spelling. For the past few weeks, ever since Derek became more interested in using the Mac than the PC, he started creating his own website. Complete with pictures and sounds, Derek’s World is quite a demonstration how kids embrace technology. Jacob was at home on a computer at the age of 2.5 years, mousing around children’s websites as naturally as he would flip through a picture book. While Jacob continues to consume all forms of content, from books and magazines, to websites, movies and video games, Derek is more about how things work and how to create them himself.
Derek’s website is a work in progress. This morning his fixation was to learn more about the HTML insertion option on iWeb. “Daddy”, he asked, “When can you teach me HTML?” Of course there was no particular problem that needed to embed HTML for functionality not directly supported by iWeb, but the opportunity to do something new and more sophisticated drives him to try it. Inventor? Engineer? Scientist? We’ll just have to stay tuned to Derek’s word to see what develops. Now most people are satisfied with using an editor that generates HTML, but I can see that Derek has the need to do this part himself. “Soon, Derek, Very Soon.”