Digital Design is a year-long, project-based curriculum that teaches digital communication skills in the context of the professional web design and development process, using Adobe tools. Digital Design develops four key skill areas:
• Project management and collaboration
• Research and communication
• Professional web-authoring tools
Students develop these key skills in a spiral—each project adds more challenging skills onto the foundation proficiencies.
The curriculum is an introduction to the design, creation, and maintenance of web pages and websites. Students learn how to critically evaluate website quality, how to create and maintain quality web pages, learn about web design standards and why they're important, and learn to create and manipulate images. The course progresses from introductory work on web design to a culminating project in which students design and develop websites for local community organizations.
Prior to the present curriculum, very little web design taught in secondary schools has stressed standards compliance. Instead, secondary students have been learning web design techniques that result in web pages that are accessible only to a narrow audience. By learning to design and develop accessible, standards-based websites, students not only learn highly marketable technical skills but also learn to consider the role of technology in society and to appreciate human diversity.
Computers freeze, files become corrupted, SchoolLoop goes down, Internet service cuts out, and so on. Last-minute technology problems are not accepted as an excuse for losing a major project, so protect yourself: