On Tuesday, 6th April 2020, The students of the Soronko Rotary Coding for Girls project had their fifth class session. The objective of this class was to teach students how to create meaningful presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint.
At the beginning of today’s session, the lead trainer Oreo reviewed all assignments submitted by the trainees and advised those who haven’t completed to submit them by the close of the day. Later the class received training on Microsoft PowerPoint. According to the trainer, a Microsoft PowerPoint is a software used in creating presentations and designing templates. She emphasized how important the use of graphics is vital for presentations. The trainer after taking them through some exciting features in the PowerPoint including creating slides, inserting graphs and images, and ensuring a fit text within the slide, etc. showed the students a presentation template and asked them to make a template that was similar to what she shared.
Afterward, the students created a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation on Tourist Sites in Ghana, and together with the trainer, they added graphics and text. This involved students learning how to create new slides with different layouts and themes, how to apply effects in transitioning from one slide to the other, how to insert images, and how to apply animations to a presentation.
On Thursday, 8th April 2020, the participants learnt “How the Web Works” and had an Introduction to Coding. At the beginning of the session, Miss Oreo gave a brief recap on Google Slides and Docs. These included how to insert a link of an image in a slide, how to link a website to a text in a presentation and how to attach a comment to a slide. Later the class was introduced to the programming language HTML and CSS.
According to the trainer, HTML and CSS are a programming languages that contains syntaxs. The trainer explained to them the underlying difference between the Hypertext Transfer Mark-up Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). She explained that CSS specifies and determines the style of your document such as the fonts, colours and page layouts, etc. while HTML is used to structure a web document by defining things like paragraphs and headlines, embedding images, videos and other related media. The lead trainer also explained to them what an opening and closing tag means as well as the types of tags available in HTML. Some of the tags that was mentioned include root tags, frame tags, link tags, meta tags, table tags, style tags, audio and video tags, form and input tags, etc.
With the use of Notepad++, the students created their first webpage. Later, the students logged into www.freecodecamp.org to start the CSS and HTML lessons. The lead trainer highlighted that CSS is very important in building websites as it makes web pages beautiful and engaging to the end-user.
In closing the students were given an assignment to complete an HTML course on freecodecamp. Miss Oreo encouraged everyone to practice more to get familiar with the programming language. The students as well assisted their friends in completing their lessons which fostered teamwork among members.