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I love my smartphone

Mobile app development is an engaging way for students to learn programming and interface design as many do, indeed, "love their smartphone".

This complete learning package teachers the origins and development of the smartphone, helping them to appreciate the amount of technology packed into their pocket. It...

Protecting the Da Vinci code

This article from the CS4FN Magazine, looks into the ideas surrounding Intellectual Property, copyright, copyleft and patents and how these all apply (or don't) in the realm of computer programming and software. These ideas can be used as...

Biometric Mice

This brief article taken from CS4FN looks at how a user authenticates themselves to a computer could be used as the starting point for class discussions around passwords, security, biometrics and other related topics concerning how users...

An Intelligent Piece of paper

This longer article taken from AI: Where is the Intelligence? discusses Artificial Intelligence and rule following "bots". The activities contained within would easily lend themselves to a series of lessons on algorithms. The section on...

The 21 Card Trick

The book "The Magic of Computer Science" contains a variety of tricks that relate to various elements of computer science.

In this resource, the algorithm for which is then described, along with why this ensures that the trick will always work. This...

Game Show Algorithms

Although this activity is not in the form of a lesson plan, the activity illustrates a good series of steps that students could either work through as a class, or in smaller groups/pairs. They could then be asked to pick from a selection of existing real Game Shows or ones made up by the...

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural aspects in Computing

This resource consists of a series of suggested activities and dozens of topic starters for aspects of Computer Science and ICT relating to the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural aspects of the subject. With questions as diverse as Do computers have intelligence? Do animals have souls? If computers are...

Is the grass always greener

This article discusses using mini battery powered computers to sense, and report back environmental data across a wide area in the Lake District. It talks about some of the ways in which this type of robotThis article discusses using mini battery powered computers to sense, and report...

Coded simulation of Bubble Sort

This presentation guides students through an explanation & coded simulation of Bubble Sort. Students can add to this later by adding another option for Merge Sort with the potential to then measure the time taken for each algorithm to form a basis to compare the time complexity of the two. A copy of the...

Flowcharts and Pseudocode

An introductory lesson, linking ideas from flowcharts to the use of pseudocode. The presentation may need some editing to remove school specific information. It contains a link to the "Friendship Algorithm" sequence from Big Bang Theory and a link to the description section for Algorithms and Pseudocode from BBC...

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