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Lesson 6 - Sharing

In this final lesson, learners will take a quiz that will assess their understanding of the computing systems concepts that they have encountered throughout the unit. 

In the second half of the lesson, learners will...

Lesson 5 - Thinking Machines

Even though the idea of creating intelligent artefacts can be traced in ancient myths, the single greatest step towards that vision becoming a reality was the invention of the computer. Less than a decade before the first electronic computers were built, Alan Turing “[proposed...

Lesson 4 - It's Only Logical

Learners are likely to be familiar with the NOT, AND, and OR logical operators from programming (and especially the Year 7 programming units). Through practice, learners can master the use of logical expressions in software, but it is a different story altogether to uncover...

Lesson 3 - Orchestra Conductor

The previous lesson introduced the main hardware components required to execute programs. This lesson will build on that knowledge and relate it to the computing systems that learners see and use every day. 

The...

Lesson 2 - Under The Hood

For most humans, reading instructions (and sometimes memorising them), following them one at a time, and keeping track of where they are and what the current state is comes very naturally. We rarely reflect about the details of that process, so it is not surprising that we...

Lesson 1 - Get In Gear

In this first lesson about computing systems, you will focus on what sets these devices apart from other purpose-built machinery: it is their ability to execute programs that allows them to modify their operation and perform different tasks, and thus become our most versatile...

Computing Systems - Overview

This resource provides a unit overview for the Year 8 ‘Computing systems' unit of work. It gives a clear overview of objectives to be covered within each session and a learning graph to show the range of skills being developed through this computing unit. 

Lesson 6 - The Spread of the Web

The growth of the use of technology and the increased inter-connection of it using the internet has given rise to both benefits and dangers in equal measure. As with many things that have the potential to cause problems, it is the people using this technology that determine how much of a danger it can...

Lesson 5 - Tightening The Web

Search engines index a huge number of web pages against an equally large number of possible search terms. Finding useful information therefore is quite tricky. If we understand how to control what we search for more carefully, we have a higher chance of finding what we want and...

Lesson 5 - Tightening The Web

Search engines index a huge number of web pages against an equally large number of possible search terms. Finding useful information therefore is quite tricky. If we understand how to control what we search for more carefully, we have a higher chance of finding what we want and...

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