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Approaching network theory at Year 7/8

  • 11 Oct 2018 12:20 PM
    Message # 6716894
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Digital Systems strand of the curriculum at Years 7 and 8 can be a bit of challenge for the teacher. The theory around packets, hubs and routers can seem a bit abstract and dry.

    I recently developed a lesson sequence that uses the BBC micro:bit to take students through the concepts with Morse code and simple alligator lead connections.

    Other ideas I've seen:

    • unplugged activities (see Classic CS Unplugged like this and this.),
    • the Nelson text by Grover and Vinton dedicates a chapter to this topic,
    • the Internet Simulator and relevant courses at code.org,
    • do a tour of the network hardware at your school (with permission from your IT techs).
    Much of this material is also relevant to VCE Computing.

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