A zombie encourages teachers to grow their students's brains


At The Undead Institute we believe “getting braaains should be fun.” We’re trying to take stodgy and boring technical topics and inject them with life… errr… unlife(?)… very flustered You know what we mean.

Why Zombies? Not just a gimmick. We use apocalyptic analogies to make the concepts clearer and silly jokes to make learning fun. Plus research suggests laughing while learning helps you retain the information. For more info check out this Fast Company Article and this one from Edutopia.

This is kinda weird. Is John legit? John’s been working as a web developer for 15+ years and has been teaching web development at the college level for 7+ years. Also check out John’s professional publications and conference talks.

Free Resources

  • Zombie Web Development Reference – a zombie themed dictionary of HTML elements, attributes and common terms.
  • Games
    • Post-apocalyptic HTML Shooting Gallery – students practice matching HTML opening and closing tags before the zombies fire back. Progresses from simple matching through self-closing tags through nesting.
    • Select-a-Zombie – teaches CSS selectors i.e. how CSS properties are applied to HTML elements.
    • Zombie Specificity Wars – helps students learn the the rules of specificity which governs what happens when two CSS selectors conflict.
  • 2 Minutes to Save the World – an email newsletter that’s Zombie smashing web development articles, tips and silliness in 2 minutes or less.
  • Interviews with working web developers, designers and other web people (new interviews published weekly)
  • Tip and Tricks for building websites


Web 101 Curriculum Bundle
Beginner HTML Curriculum
Beginner CSS Curriculum
Beginner Usability Curriculum
Interactive HTML Curriculum
Intermediate CSS Curriculum
Responsive Design Curriculum
Additional Lessons Curriculum

This curriculum is aimed at 8th and 9th graders, but the Chief Zombie Smacker, himself, John Rhea, has used it to great effect with his Community College students (he just goes faster).

Braaains Taste Test – Free Curriculum Peek

You’ll get 4 free lessons from the 50+ in our Web 101 Curriculum Bundle. Best yet, you won’t be added to a list, just get an immediate email back with the curriculum and slides. All I ask is permission to follow up and ask you how you liked it.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Learning HTML (and Smacking Zombies Upside the Web Development) Book Cover
Beginner CSS: Like Putting Lipstick on a Zombie Book Cover
Beginner Usability: A Novice’s Guide to Zombie Proofing Your Website Book Cover
HTML5 Forms & Interactive Elements: Or How to Poke a Zombie in the Eye Book Cover
Intermediate CSS: Zombie in a Cocktail Dress Book Cover
Responsive Design: An Undead Introduction to Mobile Web Development Book Cover
PFC Wiggins's Unofficial Commissary: An Undead Institute HTML & CSS Workbook Book Cover
An Introduction to Programming in JavaScript: Stomping Zombies with Variables, Loops, Functions and More

And that’s not all. See all our eBooks. We even have a student bundle.