Welcome to Computer Science- Foundations of Interactive Design
Exploring Computer Science (ECS) is designed to introduce students to the breadth of the field of computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics. Rather than focusing the entire course on learning particular software tools or programming languages, the course is designed to focus on the conceptual ideas of computing and help students understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems. The goal of Exploring Computer Science is to develop in students the computational practices of algorithm, web development, problem-solving, and programming within the context of problems that are relevant to the lives of today’s students. Students will also be introduced to topics such as interface design, web development, game animation, limits of computers, and societal and ethical issues.
What is Foundations of Interactive Design?
This course will provide an exploratory foundation in design and development of websites and games. Standards will be taught in the order presented except for Standard 1 being an embedded standard with ongoing learning regarding employability and career opportunities. Through integrated instructional activities, students will have opportunities to apply employability skills and to research possible career options in the information technology area. They will also complete many hands-on activities to build a strong foundation in designing interactive programs. Capstone projects will be incorporated at the completion of all standards as time allows. Students who successfully complete this course will be prepared for the following pathways upon entering high school: Web & Digital Design, Web Development, and Game Design.
For more information on the course and to view standards, please visit https://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/CTAE/Documents/MS-CS-Foundations-of-Interactive-Design.pdf.