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Iowa Tech Apps and Coding

This course introduces the basics of programming, web design, internet safety, and how information is represented digitally and sent over the Internet. Students learn to code with Tracy the Turtle, use the design process to create a website, and explore the impacts of internet-based innovations.

Overview & Highlights

Middle School
Contact Hours

Course Overview

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Programming with Turtle Graphics
Students learn Python commands, functions, and control structures by drawing shapes on the screen and solving puzzles with Turtle Graphics.
What is Computing?
Students review the history of computing, learn about the various parts that make up modern computers, and explore the impact computing has had on today's world.
Intro to micro:bit
Students learn the basics of physical computing with micro:bit, such as how to light up and change the brightness of LEDs, and how variables can be used to write more versatile programs.
Digital Citizenship and Cyber Hygiene
Students learn topics on Internet etiquette, how to stay safe on the web, potential effects of digital footprints, how to protect their information, and the implications of cyberbullying.
The ABCs of Cryptography
Students dive into the history of cryptography systems, the motivation behind using encryption systems, and basic cryptography systems.
Web Design
Students learn the basics of HTML, CSS, and the processes involved in viewing web pages on the internet.
Project: Designing for Impact
Students go through the design process to develop a website that solves a problem in their community.
Digital Information
Students learn about the various ways we represent information digitally, including number systems, encoding data, and programmatically creating pixel images.
The Internet
Students explore the structure and design of the internet, and how this design affects the reliability of network communication, the security of data, and personal privacy.
Project: The Effects of the Internet
In this project, students choose an innovation that was enabled by the Internet and explore the effects of this innovation.

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