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Case Study - teaching how search engines work with primary children

This resource focuses on giving the students an understanding of what the internet is and then teaches them how search engines work using an unplugged and kinaesthetic approach. In the final session, the operation of a search engine is modelled.

Peter Gaynord is the author of this resource.


Computer networks

A very comprehensive article explaining how computers communicate, what the internet is and what services run on it. On the third page (labelled page 34) there is a very good unplugged classroom activity that can be used to model how packets of data are passed by the internet. The document also contains classroom...

Databases unplugged

This report gives details of a series of computing lessons designed to relate fundamental concepts of database use and design to children in Primary and Secondary Education (ages of 6 to 16). The skills and concepts developed in these lessons begin at a very simple level but progress to cover abstract...

Modems unplugged - sound representation

All data on computers is stored and transmitted using the binary number system. When the binary digits need to be sent over the phone lines (which often happens in home internet connections), the digits are converted to sound and decoded at the other end using a modem. This activity uses audio coding similar...

Binary bracelets

This resource introduces binary data to students via the creation of bracelets which display their name in binary. This lesson helps to demonstrate how it is possible to take something that we know and translate it into a series of ons and offs (ones or zeroes). The resource contains a lesson plan and related...

Communications and networks unplugged

This resource focuses on the breadth and depth of the subject with a focus on networks and communications (with links to data and data representation) and an emphasis on understanding how this can be implemented in classrooms whilst taking into account progression through Primary education. It contains a series of...

Explaining data packets

An unplugged activity that simulates how data travels around the internet in packets. It involves cutting up pictures into ‘packets of data’ and then sending them to other students for them to reassemble the picture.

Gary Setchell is the author of this resource.


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