Hacker Highschool is a complete, self-guided curriculum for cybersafety and cybersecurity. It is designed for teens from 12-20 years old. HHS combines instruction written in narrative and practical exercises which can be completed with a standard computer and an internet connection to facilitate learning in a classroom or at home.
The curriculum is a self-contained set of lessons and can be presented by a teacher or a proctor. No previous cybersecurity skill is required to lead these lessons. No presentation material is required. No additional books are required.
The HHS curriculum challenges teens at three levels from novice to advanced to be as resourceful and creative as hackers while teaching problem-solving, learning from failure, scientific method, and empathy.The lessons cover a large range of skills like safe Internet use, web privacy, online research techniques, system and network security, and even dealing with cyberbullies. Course completion allows for the students to take the official certification exam, Certified Hacker Analyst, and be certified by the Institute for Security and Open Methodologies. This certification proves competence for working as a Cybersecurity professional in a large variety of entery-level positions.
HHS is internationally recognized with lessons in multiple languages and millions of downloads each year. It is high quality, based on the OSSTMM which is the international standard for security research, testing, and analysis. Give the sample PDF lessons a preview and you'll have to agree, this is the kind of thing you've been looking for.
Students liked the course and the lessons and were fascinated with what they could do and see.
In summary, the kids liked the Hacker High School curriculum. I liked it as well. Unfortunately the mindset in most schools and teachers is lagging at least a decade behind what kids are already doing at home, and what they're probably already doing at school, with or without the teacher's knowledge. So Hacker Highschool should definitely be incorporated into school lessons
I teach Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Computer Science. Some of your topics are in the curriculum already but your lessons just gave it in a more "fun" light. I always tell my students that everything they learn can be used for both good and not-so-good purposes. The real test is how they choose to use their knowledge. I would definitely use your materials again.
The students really engaged with the material and felt it made them far more aware of how computers function, how networks work and security issues in general than conventional curriculum could ever do. Would I do it again? Absolutely I will be doing it again next year. There is interest in students coming up this year in doing the course. The HHS course will be alive and well here while I am on staff.