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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...

What are algorithms?

This resource provides a concise explanation of what an algorithm is, and shows clear examples of how to teach algorithms across the primary curriculum. It also provides ideas for unplugged activities to teach algorithms to children from 4-11 years. Many of which may be found in the...

Home energy

Reducing energy usage in the home saves money, increases energy security and reduces the need to burn unsustainable fossil fuels. The first step in doing this is monitoring how much energy is used each day.

In this unit, learners will use the BBC micro:bit to...

Networks

This series of five one-hour lessons covers computer networks at secondary-school level. The objectives of the lessons are: *Describe what a network is, the difference between a LAN and a WAN and identify three network topologies. *Describe pieces of hardware that are needed in a network. *Explain what an IP...

Teaching problem solving the unplugged way

This resource contains a variety of activities and teacher resources to help students develop their problem solving skills, these are mostly through the use of unplugged activities which also encourage the development of skills associated with creating algorithms. The resources consist of teacher guides for each of...

Conversations with Computers - The Turing Test

This activity aims to stimulate discussion on the question of whether computers can exhibit ’intelligence’, or are ever likely to do so in the future. Based on a pioneering computer scientist’s view of how one might recognize artificial intelligence if it ever appeared, it conveys something of what is currently...

The Chocolate Factory - Human Interface Design

The aim of this activity is to raise awareness of human interface design issues. In a world where poor design is rife, people have become accustomed to dealing with problems caused by the artifacts with which they interact, sometimes blaming themselves instead of attributing the problems to flawed design. The issue...

Kid Krypto - public key encryption

Encryption is the key to information security. The key to modern encryption is that using only public information, a sender can lock up their message in such a way that it can only be unlocked by the intended recipient. The resource begins with a detailed explanation of the activity and how the process of...

Sharing Secrets - Information Hiding Protocols

Cryptographic techniques enable information to be shared with other people, yet still maintain a surprisingly high level of privacy. This activity illustrates a situation where information is shared, and yet none of it is revealed: a group of students will calculate their average age without anyone having to reveal...

Ice Roads - Steiner Trees

Sometimes a small, seemingly insignificant, variation in the specification of a problem makes a huge difference in how difficult it is to solve. This activity, like the The Muddy City problem, is about finding short paths through networks....

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