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Introduction to the Internet

Introduction to the Internet is an introductory computer science course that introduces the basics of designing a web page and how information and images are represented with computers. Students will create a portfolio on the web to showcase projects they built throughout the course.


Units: 5
Timeframe: Semester
Contact Hours: 75

By the Numbers

Contact Hours 75
Lessons 36
Videos 29
Exercises 42
Challenges 1
Offline Handouts 45


Unit Description
Web Design: In this unit, 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.
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.


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Web Design: Your First HTML Page

Web Design: My Personal Library

Binary to Hex Game


Here are a few examples of teacher resources and materials to use in the Introduction to the Internet course

Format of Course

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

Who is it for?

The Introduction to the Internet 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.


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Introduction to the Internet is aligned with the following standards

Standards Framework View Alignment
Nevada Tech 6-8 View (50%)
Texas Middle School Tech Apps View (42.1%)
Virginia 7 View (46.7%)