Communications, networks and the internet / web technologies

This is a diverse and comprehensive topic with a high degree of relevance to the lives of young people. Students will need to have an overview of the hardware and software involved in network communication, and how diverse systems can interoperate using agreed protocols. They might also be given an opportunity to learn web based coding using such languages as HTML/CSS, JavaScript or PHP/MySQL.

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Networks and the internet

Students would find this Computing at School community resource useful as a revision resource for the topics of networks and the internet. It is suitable to be issued as a sequence of homework tasks.

publication year
2010 to date

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Teaching TCP/IP

Using analogies to teach the topic of the TCP/IP networking is often a very useful strategy. This Computing at School community resource consist of three documents. The first provides a theory overview of the communication process. The second provides a range of links and activities, although some are aimed at younger students, they can be adapted for use with A level groups. The third document consists of the fictional messages that will be sent during the simulation.

publication year
2010 to date

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The four layer TCP/IP model

This resource consists of a lesson plan from Cybersecurity Challenge UK on the topic of the TCP/IP model of networking. It would be useful as a topic introduction.

publication year
2010 to date

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Wired and wireless networks

Another resource from Cybersecurity Challenge UK which consists of a lesson plan based around a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of wired and wireless networks. Students could prepare their points for homework or research them during the lesson.

publication year
2010 to date

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Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) and My SQL Guide

A Computing at School community resource which provides a very comprehensive introduction to PHP and MySQL including setting up and configuring. This is useful as a “how to” guide for students.

publication year
2010 to date

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Routing and deadlock in networks

Routers pass packets from network to network. This activity from the CS Unplugged series explores the relationship between efficient packet transfer and topology. Although it is aimed at younger students, a practical activity can often reinforce understanding while also making a theory topic more engaging and enjoyable.

publication year
2010 to date

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