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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....

Infographics at the National Cyber Security Centre

These resources constitute a range of infographics (posters) about various aspects of Cyber Security and how to mitigate the threats that computer systems are daily subjected to. The posters could be used as teaching resources with lessons based around their content, with students creating their own resources...

Ready Player One - Introducing EMSL aspects of the curriculum

Note - These lessons use the book 'Ready Player One' as a starting point, teachers will need to obtain a copy of the book before using the content, the school library may have a copy that could be used.

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Why computer systems must be reliable

This lesson focuses on the reliability of computer systems, and specifically how this applies in the case of self driving cars, and what some of the implications might be if this reliability is not demonstrated. Students begin by compiling arguments for and against automated vehicles in...

Computers in the Modern World

This lesson focuses on the statement: Modern Society relies heavily on computers, without computer systems there would be chaos. Students are asked to reflect on this statement and discuss whether they believe this to be true. In groups they are asked to look at different areas of modern life and to research where...

Factors affecting the use of ICT

This resource consists of a presentation and some supporting materials to enable students to research and create their own presentation around the ideas that there are Ethical, Legal and Environmental Issues surrounding the use of ICT in Business and Educational surroundings. The presentation sets the scene,...

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...

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