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Structure and function of a processor

This resource consists of two presentations on the structure of the CPU.  As well as detailing the different components e.g. ALU, registers and buses it compares different types of processor and different architectures e.g. CISC vs RISC. This topic is dealt with in more detail in the second presentation.

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Internal components of a computer

This mind-map is a great revision tool for students aged 14 -16.  It covers the main components of a computer system including the CPU, memory and storage devices. Ideally, the students would complete their own mind-maps at the end of the topic. This sheet could then be used as a reference for the teacher or if...

CPU worksheet

This worksheet is aimed at GCSE students aged 14 - 16. It is best used as a plenary activity at the end of the unit, after the students have been introduced to the fetch-decode-execute cycle and simple assembly code. Alternatively, the resource could be used as a home-learning task or an end of topic assessment....

Network topologies - unplugged activity

A short unplugged activity. This uses string and various other props to enable students to simulate the various network topologies required for GCSE Computing. The activities lead naturally into discussions around protocols, data collisions and reliability. A large open area may be required depending on the size...

Drawing a network diagram

This resource contains a presentation to use as the starting point for a lesson on drawing a diagram of the school network. It features alternate slides depending on whether a tour of the school network infrastructure is available or not. There is an example of a computer suite in diagrammatic form and suggestions...

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