Communications, networks and the internet / web technologies
Links and Resources
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.