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Computing Ideas (Lovelace)

The Computing Ideas course is a first year computer science course introducing the basics of programming with Karel the Dog, the basics of designing a web page, and how information is represented digitally and sent over the Internet. Students will learn to code using blocks to drag and drop, but they can switch between blocks and text as desired. Students will create a personal portfolio website showing projects they build throughout the course. With a unique focus on creativity, problem solving and project based learning, Computing Ideas gives students the opportunity to explore several important topics of computing using their own ideas and creativity to develop an interest in computer science that will foster further endeavors in the field.


Units: 12
Timeframe: Year
Contact Hours: 155

By the Numbers

Contact Hours 155
Lessons 109
Videos 89
Exercises 101
Challenges 38
Offline Handouts 162


Unit Description
Introduction to Programming with Karel the Dog: Students explore the fundamentals of programming by giving commands to Karel the dog. Students learn about JavaScript syntax, functions, control structures, and proper programming formatting.
What is Computing?: Students review a history of computing and learn about the various parts that make up modern computers. Students also explore the impact computing has had on today's world, and consider the impacts computing could potentially have in the future.
Project: Computer Models: Students create a short presentation about a specific model of a computer. It could be an early computer model or a computer model that is still being developed. Students may pick any technology where a computer is the main component -- this includes phones, robots, drones, etc.
Web Design: Students learn the basics of HTML, CSS, and the processes involved in viewing web pages on the internet. Students create several simple web pages using the CodeHS online editor to gain practice using the various features of HTML and CSS.
Project: Your First Website: In this project, students make their own homepage, hosted at your own custom URL!
Digital Information: Students learn about the various ways we represent information digitally. Topics covered include number systems, encoding data, programmatically creating pixel images, comparing data encodings, compressing and encrypting data.
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.
Digital Citizenship and Cyber Hygiene: Students learn about Internet etiquette and how to stay safe on the world wide web. Students explore the potential effects of our digital footprints, how to protect information from online risks, and the implications of cyberbullying. Finally, students learn how to find and cite quality resources online.
Project: Public Service Announcement: For this project, students create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to teach their peers about digital citizenship and cyber hygiene. Students can select any of the topics covered in this unit.

Format of Course

The entirely web-based curriculum is made up of a series of learning modules that cover the fundamentals of programming, web design, and how information is represented digitally and sent over the internet. Each module is made up of short video tutorials, quizzes, programming examples, programming exercises, and challenge problems. The course is designed for a year long class that meets 5 days per week, though schools implement it in a variety of ways.

Who is it for?

The Computing Ideas course is designed for complete beginners with no previous background in computer science. The course is highly visual, dynamic, and interactive. There are no prerequisites for this course, and the course is recommended for middle school students.


Students learn foundational progamming concepts in JavaScript as they give Karel commands to solve problems. Students can use either blocks or text.
Lots of Hurdles Exercise

Students learn the basics of HTML and CSS as they create their own webpages.
My first HTML Page Exercise

Students learn how data is represented visually and explore the relationships between number systems.
Binary Hex Game

Students learn about internet security and strategies to engage on the Internet in an ethical and secure way. Guess: Password List Activity


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Computing Ideas (Lovelace) is aligned with the following standards

Standards Framework View Alignment
Alaska 6-8 View (75.4%)
Alaska 9-12 View (52.5%)
Alabama 6 View (77.8%)
Alabama 7 View (75%)
Alabama 8 View (71.4%)
Alabama 9-12 View (60.9%)
Arkansas 6-8 View (53.2%)
Arkansas 9-12 View (53.3%)
Arizona 6 View (60.9%)
Arizona 7 View (60.9%)
Arizona 8 View (60.9%)
Arizona 9-12 View (70.4%)
California 6-8 View (70.8%)
California 9-12 View (66.7%)
Colorado 9-12 View (55.4%)
CSTA 2 View (65.2%)
CSTA 3A View (63.3%)
Florida 6-8 View (49.3%)
Georgia Foundations of Computer Programming View (78.8%)
Georgia Introduction to Digital Technology View (68.8%)
Idaho 6-8 View (76.7%)
Idaho 9-10 View (45.5%)
Indiana Computer Science 1 View (62.3%)
Indiana Computer Science 2 View (50.8%)
Indiana Introduction to Computer Science View (42.1%)
Kansas 6-8 View (50%)
Kansas 9-12 View (50%)
Kentucky 6-8 View (68%)
Kentucky 9-12 View (51.0%)
Massachusetts 6-8 View (62.7%)
Massachusetts 9-12 View (56.9%)
Maryland 11-12 View (32.3%)
Maryland 6-8 View (59.1%)
Maryland 9-10 View (67.6%)
Missouri 6-8 View (52.2%)
Mississippi 11-12 View (46.4%)
Mississippi 6-8 View (65.2%)
Mississippi 9-10 View (60%)
North Carolina Computer Programming I View (56.0%)
North Carolina Foundations of Information Technology View (68.8%)
North Dakota 6-8 View (80.3%)
North Dakota 9-12 View (60.3%)
Nevada 6-8 View (58.3%)
Nevada 9-12 View (61.3%)
Nevada Computer Science and Applications View (60.9%)
Nevada Tech 6-8 View (86.7%)
Nevada Tech 9-12 View (65.6%)
Ohio 6 View (76.7%)
Ohio 7 View (74.2%)
Ohio 8 View (71.0%)
Ohio 9-12 Foundational View (35.3%)
Rhode Island 6-8 View (51.6%)
Rhode Island 9-12 View (61.8%)
South Carolina 6-8 View (55.9%)
South Carolina 9-12 View (41.5%)
Tennessee 6-8 View (54.5%)
Texas Computer Science 1 View (57.1%)
Texas Fundamentals of Computer Science View (78.9%)
Texas Middle School Tech Apps View (64.9%)
Texas Web Communications View (67.6%)
Virginia 6 View (46.2%)
Virginia 7 View (80%)
Virginia 8 View (84.6%)
Virginia Computer Science Foundations View (72%)
Virginia Computer Science Principles View (50%)
Virginia Computer Science Programming View (61.9%)
Wisconsin 6-8 View (63.0%)
West Virginia 6-8 View (62.5%)
West Virginia Discovering Computer Science View (75%)
West Virginia Computer Science in the Modern World View (54.2%)
Connecticut 2 View (65.2%)
Connecticut 3A View (70%)
Hawaii 2 View (65.2%)
Hawaii 3A View (63.3%)
Iowa 2 View (65.2%)
Iowa 3A View (63.3%)
New Hampshire 2 View (65.2%)
New Hampshire 3A View (63.3%)
Pennsylvania 2 View (65.2%)
Pennsylvania 3A View (63.3%)
Washington 2 View (65.2%)
Washington 3A View (63.3%)
Wyoming 6-8 View (60%)
Virginia MS CS Elective View (57.7%)
New Jersey 6-8 Computer Science View (44%)
New Jersey 9-12 Computer Science View (50%)
Wyoming L1 View (54.3%)

Professional Development

Teaching Computing Ideas

Computing Ideas is a first year course that introduces students to the foundational ideas of computer science. With the CodeHS online Professional Development course, we'll train teachers at your school to teach an excellent Computing Ideas course. No programming experience is required. Teachers will gain the skills, pedagogical knowledge, resources, and confidence to lead a great introductory computer science class with CodeHS.

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