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Debugging system for students

A resource which provides learners with a user friendly strategy to utilise when they come across a bug they do not understand. SNOT stands for Self, Neighbour, Other, Teacher, and it includes a framework for recording who students have sought help from, and who they have helped along with record sheets to record...

Networks and communications unplugged

A scheme of work which although aimed at the upper end of Key Stage 2, is also suitable for delivery at the bottom end of Key Stage 3. The scheme contains a whole host of unplugged and plugged activities surrounding networks and communications, including the difference between the internet and the world wide web,...

Storage devices

Resources which centre around a series of lessons that facilitate students producing a large Mind Map of ideas and facts about computing hardware. The Mind Map itself is created using a free online tool called MindMup.com, but any other suitable software or even just pencil and paper methods could also be used....

Hardware theory: storage device top trumps

Students will need to be given various aspects of both secondary storage devices and what is expected of them in terms of creating the top trumps themselves. As background to the task the teacher needs to start by explaining the three main types of secondary storage magnetic, optical and solid state.

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Binary and bitmapped images

A series of spreadsheet-based activities to simulate both binary and hexadecimal encoded image files. The students are required to convert between binary and hexadecimal as well as to and from denary as part of the process of solving these puzzles. The worksheet contains a number of example pictures which the...

Algorithms student booklet

This booklet contains a number of very briefly described algorithms, which students are then expected to analyse, develop an algorithm for and then implement in a language of their choice. Each section contains success descriptors at three different levels which could be adapted to meet the requirements of an...

IT beyond the school

A collection of lessons exploring how IT is used in various non-school settings, a supermarket, a bank and a library.

Students role play what happens to tins of beans is a supermarket. How they are tracked using a list (database) and removed from the list when they are bought. How when the list is empty tins...

Lego building algorithm activity

In this adaptable lesson plan children create a simple model (out of Lego or similar) and then take photos to create instructions (an algorithm) for other children to recreate their model. By removing one block at a time they are decomposing the problem into manageable steps. Teachers may wish to split this lesson...

Guess the algorithm

A simple and easily adaptable idea to introduce how algorithms work by allowing students to work out algorithms by a guessing game without the use of a computer. The activity is based on function machines that are used in mathematics at primary school but the level of difficulty can be amplified depending on what...

Are computers clever?

This activity is designed to assess whether or not children understand that although computers can sometimes look clever, they do not actually display any intelligence. They are asked to compare a computer with a human and then describe how both the computer and the human cope with the unexpected.

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