KS3 Digital literacy

Digital literacy describes the set of skills and knowledge needed by today's students to successfully interact with and navigate the modern, digital world. From staying safe online, to understanding how the internet (and the web) work, these skills can only increase in scope as the world becomes increasingly dependent on computers, networks and interlocking software systems.

Knowing how to set up their own blog and what are and aren't good practices give today's students a head-start when it comes to managing their digital footprint.

If they are to make informed choices about how they solve problems, students need to grasp some of the fundamentals which allow us to send messages to the other side of the world in the blink of an eye. The differences between the internet and the World Wide Web are also key.

Understanding what is and isn't safe in terms of their digital footprints, and how to deal with problems as and when they arrive are vital tools that every student needs. 

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Explaining data packets

A complete unplugged activity for a lesson in how data packets travel across the Internet, and how the complete message that they contain is reassembled. The activity also has provision for students to film themselves participating in the process and explaining the stages that everything goes through. There are also some other resources to help flesh out the background of the lesson and possibly to extend it if necessary. 

publication year
2010 to date

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How the Internet works (practical task)

A practical, hands on, unplugged activity which gets students to model how IP routing and related technologies enable packets of data to be routed successfully over the internet. The students will need to have had a lesson detailing the background of routers, switches, IP Addresses and similar technologies and how they work, but will then be able to act out the whole system. The task is set up for a class of 21 students, but with some modification could be made to work with other sizes of class. 

publication year
2010 to date

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